Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

While renovating a basement, I came across a poster for “The Endless Summer,” a film released 50 years ago in which two surfers travel the world’s oceans, chasing warm weather and surfing adventures.

As storage technology plays a widening role in an energy culture that has become increasingly reliant on renewables and efficiency, the market for the technology has grown in equal measure.

Automation is on the cusp of changing our lives—from the speed with which an ecommerce order is fulfilled, to the method we use to check in to our flight and travel to our destination.

The Internet of Things (IoT) may alter the appearance of data centers. The IoT is a growing system of data that puts demand on existing data centers and pushes for new facilities that are centrally located and “on the edge,” a trendy phrase to describe the point at which sensors are installed.

More on Systems

The State Of Video Verification

The art and science of using video to confirm the status of alarms detected at a protected premises continues to improve with affordable technology and an updated standard set for release as early as the end of this month.


Are You Ready to Compete: Strategic Planning

We never have enough time in our daily lives, but do you ever stop to think about where you want to be in the future? Strategic planning is important for personal and corporate growth. It will help you determine the types of training programs you and your staff need to meet your goals.

Specializing Without Specializing

Young Electric Co. in San Francisco has been in business since 1977. It created a separate division, Young Communications, in 1995 to support client needs related to today’s advanced data communication networks.

PoE Update

The potential of power over Ethernet (PoE) continues to grow, creating new installation opportunities for electrical contractors doing integrated systems work.

End-to-End Performance: Integrating Fire Alarms

We all know fire protection is a lot more than a fire alarm or a sprinkler system. In many buildings, the fire alarm is integrated with other systems for the purpose of making the building safer. Who ensures all of the systems perform together properly?

2016 Fiber Update

In the past year, fiber optics underwent some important developments, some technical and some market-related. For those of you working in fiber optic network design and installation, the changes present opportunities and challenges.

A Calculated Introduction

This article is the first in a series that provides a step-by-step approach for performing arc flash calculations.
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