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. 

Are your low-voltage and security customers concerned over “hanging” security cameras on the enterprise network and opening it to potential vulnerabilities? Or are they looking at protecting other parts of their commercial facility that may be housing data and other privileged information? reported in October 2014 that the United States has more electrical grid blackouts than any other developed nation and that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), demand for electricity has outpaced transmission rates by 25 percent every year since 1982.

As projects become more complex, electrical contractors need high-tech management methods to ensure more efficient results. Here are just a few examples to help you get headed in the right direction. 5pm

The dark fiber providers that most people are familiar with are private companies that were started to offer fiber connectivity for a profit. Today, there is a major movement toward building fiber networks as a public-private partnership.

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Face-to-face Communication

Videoconferencing allows visual contact without travel Who could have predicted that one day we could all instantly communicate no matter where we were, no matter what we were doing?

Understanding OTDRs

They can be useful—but only if used correctly There are two distinctly different fiber optic applications: premises cabling and outside plant (OSP) cabling. Premises cabling deals primarily with short multimode cables in buildings or between buildings in a campus.

Redundant Grounding in Patient Care Areas

Redundantly grounding all electrical equipment in a patient care area has provided one of the most critical pieces of a very complex puzzle involving patient protection.

The Proliferation of Wireless Networking

Wireless networking is a growing segment of the voice/data/video (VDV) market offering a great deal of opportunity for the electrical contracting firm.

Abandoned Fire Alarm Cables, Conductor Derating and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 90 Introduction; Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations; Article 210 Branch Circuits; Article 220 Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations; Article 250 Grounding; Article 300 Wiring Methods; Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring; Article 400 Flexible

Fiber Vs. Copper

You have to admire the copper cabling people for their tenacity—they never give up. In spite of hearing for the last 15 years that copper has no future, they persist in developing new technology that allows copper, like the mythical Phoenix, to rise from the ashes as strong and viable as ever.

Deterring the Mob Mentality

The State College (Pennsylvania) Borough Council was looking for answers. During the summers of 1998 and 2000, students from Penn State took part in large-scale riots.