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. 

The Internet of Things (IoT) may alter the appearance of data centers. The IoT is a growing system of data that puts demand on existing data centers and pushes for new facilities that are centrally located and “on the edge,” a trendy phrase to describe the point at which sensors are installed.

The green buildings market can offer a significant opportunity for electrical contractors that install fire alarm systems. Are you ready for this? How does your plain old fire alarm system installation help to meet the requirements of a green building?

As stated in Part 1 of this series last month, when it comes to the architecture of mission critical systems for any organization, the power and network infrastructure layers need to be reliable, redundant, and resilient.

As renewable power increases its market share, energy storage assumes a larger role. Recognizing the importance of government benchmarks, California lawmakers have taken steps to raise the state’s energy-storage standard.

More on Systems

Industrial Automation

From 2001 to 2003, the United States saw the worst industrial decline since the Depression with customer capacity reduction, including outsourcing and consolidation.

The Buzz on ZigBee

ZigBee-it sounds like a new toy or Disney character, but it is actually a technology that is helping to, once again, reshape wireless networking. ZigBee is a protocol known as the IEEE 802.15.4 Standard.

Integration-In a Not-So-Perfect World

It's really happening. Integration is starting to take hold in every vertical market and business operation. It has been a long, tough road.

PV System Components

The most focused on and visible part of a photovoltaic (PV) installation is the technology used. PV technology usually takes the form of rigid PV panels mounted on a building's roof, which represents another independent building system that needs to be installed.

Straight Talk About 'Trusted Computing' (TC)

“Trusted computing” (TC) is another modern commercial computer tool. Just what does that mean? The dictionary presented definitions such as “have faith in,” “rely on,” “have confidence in” and “count on.” The concept and need for “trusted” computing started with our own federal government.

Ensuring Earth Connection

In the 2002 and previous editions of the National Electrical Code, the metal frame of a building or structure was required to be used as a grounding electrode when the metal of the building or structure was effectively grounded.

Add Sound to Your Repertoire

You've heard it before: Your customer wants structured wiring and networking, and they also want a sound system. Is it over your head? Not if you take the time to learn some simple steps to increase your business and get started in this growing area.