Systems

 

 

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. 

Lutron’s Maestro Wireless technology also is geared toward both the residential and commercial markets.

While wire and electric power delivery will remain a constant, the marriage between the two is being redefined. Wireless lighting and energy control are expanding from homes to office, healthcare, institutional and industrial settings.

Commercial Controls Corp., Valencia, Calif., has about 30 employees who work out of three locations in California and one in Nevada. Fred Scripture, who continues to be the owner and president but is no longer as active in the day-to-day operations, started the company in 1993.


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Now that we have covered the process of stripping the fiber and attaching the connector with an adhesive, the connector is ready to polish. The biggest problem with polishing a fiber optic connector is patience.

The use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in medium-to-large construction projects is becoming more common. Yet, much of the design software still favors contractors other than electrical.

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Each year, we receive construction forecasts that we presumably use to determine what to expect for the promise of work during the coming year. Regardless of what these reports say, the question remains: How do you approach your own construction or work forecast?


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Catch A Cloud And Pin It Down
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While traditional security measures—such as firewalls, antivirus programs and vulnerability assessments—are important in the cloud, additional considerations must be taken to secure these dynamic and rapidly changing environments, according to Eric Chiu, president and cofounder of HyTrust, Mountain

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Intelligent Transportation Systems
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As part of the growing trend to mitigate the environmental effects of energy consumption and production, sustainable energy planning is increasingly being implemented to develop long-range policies that will help guide the future of a local, regional or the national energy system.


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Security System Integration in Schools

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Gone are the days when playground safety was the chief security concern in schools. In the wake of Columbine and Sandy Hook, educational institutions are increasingly adopting security systems that enable them to respond to various emergencies in real time.

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Cat-Scratch Fever
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Last month, I discussed the evolution of PC networks to Ethernet over twisted-pair cables. Toward the end of the 1980s, the IEEE created a new standard for Ethernet called 10Base-T, which means 10 megabits per second (Mbps), baseband (AM, not FM) over unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) copper cable.

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