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. 

When manufacturers are asked what is the biggest problem with installing of fiber optic components and systems, they invariably say “testing.” Practically everything they do depends on testing. During development, engineering and manufacturing in their labs, they test product performance.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has many moving parts, and they’re moving quickly. One is power over ethernet (PoE), the IoT’s electric power delivery agent.

Rampant technology refinement and innovation are redefining security. More technologies help ensure mobile accessibility.

One byproduct of the renewable economy has been the growth of microgrids, as large institutions and communities look for new ways to accommodate distributed generation and utilities take measures to increase grid reliability.

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Restoring Networks

In outside plant fiber optic installations, the biggest cause of network failure is what we call “backhoe fade,” which is pretty self-explanatory.


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Telecom Deja Vu

Yes, we've seen it before-at least the architecture. The Wireless Mesh Network looks a lot like the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). Voice and data are converging and can be sent over wireless options.


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Pure Power

Manufacturers of standby power generators aren't sitting back and waiting for someone else to reinvent the market-they're doing it themselves. Don't think of backup power generators as noisy, chugging units that struggle into operation.


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Banks Get Ready to Upgrade

Looking at the growth and changes in banking security, few industry watchers can pinpoint what direction technology is headed.


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Controlled Chaos: Stata Center

When Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) considered construction of The Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences, the facility committee wanted something bold.


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Integration and Potential

In the past few years, there has been a great deal of buzz over integrated systems and this issue is dedicated to that new way of construction. The terms and their abbreviations used in this market sector are often interchangeable.


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Hot Developments in Remote Monitoring

Modern technology makes it possible that whatever is detected can be electronically reported, and whatever is reported can be remotely monitored, and whatever is remotely monitored can be remotely controlled.


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