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. 

I know from experience with contractors in the field that, when it comes to mass notification systems (MNS), being required to perform a risk analysis for the MNS ranks just above getting a root canal at the dentist’s office!

Like many technology markets, telecom has always been a hotbed of hype. Somebody is always talking up the latest and greatest technology that will revolutionize the market. Not too long ago, it was fiber-to-the-home (FTTH). Recently, wireless has been getting all the attention.

Another storm on the horizon and another image of electric utility trucks heading off to help with recovery efforts. That seemed to be an almost-nightly occurrence in late August through mid-September, as hurricanes Harvey and Irma made their way to the U.S. mainland.

In Austin, Texas, monk parakeets nest in power transformers on poles high above street level. The nests become so large they can cause fires and power outages.

More on Systems

A Give-and-Take Proposition

Like many others involved in technical education, I have been guilty of continually telling you that you need to get more training. The best way to keep up with technology, products or the industry; enhance skills; or network with peers is to attend training seminars.

NEI: Nuclear Plants Help Beat Heat Wave
by Staff |

According to the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization, U.S.

Above the Noise

Bells jingling, people talking, glasses clinking, ratchets rattling as people pull levers, the whirl of the roulette wheel and the shouts of encouragement as the dice roll. Noise, noise and more noise.

How Far Apart?

This month, we address smoke detector spacing, which is found in NFPA 72-2007 or the National Fire Alarm Code. It is important that your technicians know the spacing requirements for these devices, so they can discover problems on the drawings and prevent mistakes during the installation.

Light Brigade Announces New Fiber Course

The light brigade has announced the newest addition to its arsenal of fiber optic training titled Fiber Characterization: PMD, CD and ORL.

Municipal Wireless Coming to Riverside

While other providers continue to fight the growing trend of Municiple Wi-Fi networks, AT&T has decided to launch one of its own.

Would You Like Integration With That

Integrated Buidling Systems(IBS) interconnects multiple building systems or subsystems into a single user interface and represents a tremendous growth opportunity for electrical contractors.