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. 

Moving to upstart revenue streams and mobile, remote systems management is the way smart, low-voltage electrical contractors are doing something about the changing security and integrated systems market.

Recently, I came across some research that could be a useful tool. In August 2016, Security Sales & Integration (SSI) published its annual Operations and Opportunities Report, which reveals key trends in the security dealer and integrator market.


The market for data centers is growing. It is being driven by many factors, including big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and intelligent computing that data centers make possible.

Many electrical contractors build, renovate, and maintain corporate and government data centers.

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On the Horizon

VoWiFi-an abbreviation for voice over wireless fidelity-is another alphabet-soup name to remember. VoWiFi combines Wi-Fi's wireless advantages with voice over Internet protocol (VoIP).


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The Glitches Behind the Service

The debate Between wireless and wired networks continues, but the dialogue is changing. Though wireless has been an overly hyped technology, it is a significant service option to both consumers and businesses.


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Fiber Optics Jargon

Fiber optics, like many of today's technologies, has developed its own language, created from technical terms specific to fiber optic technology. Sometimes the fiber optic community cannot-or will not-standardize, and we mean beyond choosing a standard connector.


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Innovative Fire Alarm Systems

Whether mandated by new codes or facilitated by a keen interest in life safety as a result of recent news events, fire alarms continue to rise to the occasion with intelligence and advanced capabilities.


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Fiber Optic Splices

There are two different ways to join two optical fibers: splices or connectors. Splices are permanent joints, while connectors allow the two fibers to be disconnected at the joint.


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Grounding Continuity, Church Wiring and More

Grounding-electrode continuity Q: Does the grounding-electrode conductor to driven ground rods have to be unbroken to both rods or may a splice be made at the first rod, then continue to the second ground rod by installing two ground clamps at the first ground rod, then continuing to the second rod


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Ferndale Electric Takes the Holistic Approach

In the heart of Detroit, surrounded by erosion and boarded-up businesses, a major construction project is nearing completion.


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