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. 

The quote “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know,” is popularly attributed to Albert Einstein.

Commercial building energy codes impose design standards for nonresidential buildings’ energy efficiency. Many states have implemented an energy code to regulate building design.


For many of us, these are technologically challenging times. Just when I think I have mastered the latest smartphone, it changes. Prepare yourself, because, just like mobile devices, the codes and standards are morphing in ways you might not expect.


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.

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Cable Warranties

Another selling point for the cable industry Warranties. They are both frustrating and appreciated. Warranties are those intangible benefits that consumers look for prior to making a large purchase. Who has not taken the warranty into consideration before buying a car, a freezer, even a house?


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Problems of Aging Fiber Optic Networks

Is it time to fine-tune older fiber? Some fiber optic networks have now been in use for more than 20 years, a tribute to the inherent capabilities of optical fiber.


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On Auctions, RFID and '4D'

The construction industry won a major battle in late July, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) issued its verdict on reverse auctions. As hoped, the Corps sees no advantages to the idea.


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Wind Generation - Trends and Issues

In 1993, government researchers concluded that a group of 12 states in the midsection of the country have enough wind energy resources to generate nearly four times the amount of electricity consumed nationwide in 1990.


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Backups for Blackouts

Last year's blackout sparked a sharp rise in consumer interest in ensuring constant uptime, which has provided more and more opportunities for the electrical contractor. With this increased demand comes the consumer's desire for more cost-effective power.


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Voice Data Products Show Maturation

It's an extension of capabilities that rules Straight from the show floor at the recent American Society for Industry Security (ASIS) convention in Dallas is this revelation: new isn't the buzzword for voice/data/video, security and life safety products-a maturation or extension of current capabili


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A Lock on Hotel Security

The next generation of hotel security and lock systems will depend on two features—ease of access for the guest and ease of control for the hotel. As a result, there are some subtle shifts in the market that will change how electrical contractors do business.


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