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. 

Last month, I addressed how to determine if an adhesive/polish connector was good by inspecting the polished end of the connector with a microscope.

Every other year, the release of the Profile of the Electrical Contractor enables us to examine the changes that have taken place in the electrical contracting industry.

According to the Energy Storage Association, an energy-storage system improves the way electricity is generated, delivered and consumed. It certainly helps during power outages.

In April 2014, access control technology and security service provider Matrix Systems Inc., Miamisburg, Ohio, launched a technology division named Frontier.

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Why Deregulation Failed--And What Comes Next
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The government’s deregulation of five major industries—airlines, telecommunications, cable television, banking and electricity—has harmed customers far more than helped them, according to a study released by Consumers Union.

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Renewable Energy--Untapped Resource
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Federal energy policy now includes emphasis on increasing electric generation from renewable resources. These usually include bioenergy, hydrogen, ocean, wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower resources.

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Wiring Transportation Hubs for Modern Communications
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In 1996, Congress passed the Telecommunications Act to “provide for a pro-competitive, de-regulatory national policy framework designed to accelerate rapidly private sector deployment of advanced telecommunications and information technologies and services to all Americans ...” That’s all well and g

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Troubleshooting Fiber
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The fiber optic cable you just installed failed testing. What do you do next? How do you find the problem and fix it—fast? Fortunately, fiber optics is easy to install and experienced installers generally find that about 95 percent of all fibers they install will test good.

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Ethernet Evolves at Lightning Speed
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Ethernet...good old Ethernet. It seems as if this type of LAN technology has been around virtually forever. It also seems as if Ethernet will continue to be the driving force behind system networking, especially since this technology continually changes with time.

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Storage Area Networks Take Two Steps Forward
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The latest buzz in the low-voltage market is Storage Area Networks (SANs). SANs began in a mixed environment, and contractors had to deal with different host bus adapters and different configurations. Resolving compatibility problems often involved calls to numerous vendors. That is changing.

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Tune into Wireless
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We’ve come to know it and love it: the wonderful world of wireless. Otherwise known as radio frequency transmission, wireless has gone mainstream, with hands-free and remote capabilities a way of life. If you think electrical contracting has nothing to do with wireless, you’re wrong.

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