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. 

With cities and utilities worldwide upgrading to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting for streets and outdoor areas, owners and installers wonder when they 
will build in the controls for smart-city applications.

Physical security technology infrastructure is critical to successful specification.

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” In this quote, Wayne Gretzky makes an important point.

In today’s world, wireless is our life. Your mobile phone and tablet operate on either a cell signal or Wi-Fi. We connect our computers using Wi-Fi most of the time, in our homes and offices and when we travel.

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Controlled Chaos: Stata Center

When Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) considered construction of The Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences, the facility committee wanted something bold.


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Integration and Potential

In the past few years, there has been a great deal of buzz over integrated systems and this issue is dedicated to that new way of construction. The terms and their abbreviations used in this market sector are often interchangeable.


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Hot Developments in Remote Monitoring

Modern technology makes it possible that whatever is detected can be electronically reported, and whatever is reported can be remotely monitored, and whatever is remotely monitored can be remotely controlled.


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Cable Warranties

Another selling point for the cable industry Warranties. They are both frustrating and appreciated. Warranties are those intangible benefits that consumers look for prior to making a large purchase. Who has not taken the warranty into consideration before buying a car, a freezer, even a house?


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Problems of Aging Fiber Optic Networks

Is it time to fine-tune older fiber? Some fiber optic networks have now been in use for more than 20 years, a tribute to the inherent capabilities of optical fiber.


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On Auctions, RFID and '4D'

The construction industry won a major battle in late July, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) issued its verdict on reverse auctions. As hoped, the Corps sees no advantages to the idea.


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Wind Generation - Trends and Issues

In 1993, government researchers concluded that a group of 12 states in the midsection of the country have enough wind energy resources to generate nearly four times the amount of electricity consumed nationwide in 1990.


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