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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. 

A new report, "Going Beyond Zero: A Systems Efficiency Blueprint for Building Energy Optimization and Resilience," published in May by the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), focuses on how to better capitalize on new technologies that allow "smarter interactions of components" within and among various b

As the U.S. energy industry has evolved, major flaws in the transmission infrastructure have been exposed. Upgrades are the new norm. Recently, one utility in New Mexico launched a major project to upgrade its transmission lines.

The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) releases reports based on customer surveys about involvement in the smart grid.

Along with solar power, wind turbines, electric vehicles and other alternative-energy technologies, microgrids are now playing a bigger role in the nation’s energy infrastructure. Recently, the state of New Jersey announced its own microgrid project.

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UPS systems

Who Really Needs One? Simply put, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a device that provides battery backup when the electrical power falls to unacceptable voltage levels.


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Fiber Takes the Blue Ribbon

The ins and outs of ribbon fiber optic cable You would think that after being in a business for more than 25 years, you would have seen it all. But recently, I was introduced to the actual installation and splicing processes for ribbon fiber optic cable.


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Gotcha...on Film
by Staff |

Home video surveillance can provide evidence that can help law enforcement officials solve crimes.  According to St.


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Upgrading the Infrastructure

Wireless technology is ready for deployment in hotel security Some members of the legal profession—those who specialize in plaintiffs’ liability lawsuits, for example—are licking their chops at the potential opportunities when hoteliers neglect the issue of door locks.


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The IP Side of Casino Surveillance

Gaming, resorts and hospitality make the move to digital Nearly every casino in the United States is somewhere in the cumbersome transition from analog to digital recording and cameras for its surveillance systems.


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Exploring Security Opportunities in the Lodging Industry

EVERY ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR has at one time or another thought about ways to expand his or her business. Sometimes the day-to-day drill of operating a business keeps an electrical contractor from differentiating itself from the competition.


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Working in the Fast Lane

Clients benefit from firm’s sound and communications expertise “We’re fast-track artists,”said Larry Frontino, president, Direct A/V Inc., Hawthorne, Calif. “Some contractors are good at fast track while others are good at submitting an RFI [request for information] and waiting three months for the


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