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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. 

Everything came to a sudden halt for JetBlue on Jan. 14, 2016. Its website crashed. Passengers became irate. Long lines formed. Some 200 flights were delayed. This nightmare began when JetBlue’s data center lost power and did not have a responsive backup network.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept that gets thrown around a lot, and while many understand its general meaning, a deep examination of its various aspects and abilities may leave some heads spinning.

Updating a lighting system to improve energy efficiency seems like a no brainer. The facilities in the space will be improved, and it saves the owner money. What could be the problem with that?

Imagine storing summer heat. Renewable energy has always been about the art of the possible, turning the obvious and plentiful into a reliable source of clean fuel. If the wind, waves and even the almighty sun can be harnessed for generation, almost anything else can be captured, too.

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The Future of Smart Buildings

There is an all-electric house in Tennessee that costs 82 cents a day to heat, cool and power. Built in November 2002 by Habitat for Humanity, it is one of four homes under the “Near-Zero-Energy House” name.


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Video over IP Gains Ground

Live video has come a long way since the early 1990s. Remember the images of reporters filing news reports through the analog-transmitted video feed during the first Gulf War? It was shaky at best. But times and technology have changed and video streams are not even close to what they were then.


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Use Your Metal

The failure of a service-entrance bus duct supplying power to a major grocery store data center and corporate facility created a dilemma for store management.


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Ironing out the Kinks

When wireless sensors and detectors came on the market decades ago, the devices were known more for missing signals than capturing alarm activity. They were used in a “patch” type of approach, applied when hard-wired devices were impossible.


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Essential to the Integrated Environment

Sensors and detectors have upped the ante with intelligent features and supervision, making them essential to an integrated and automated building environment.


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Simplifying the Process

Virtual private LAN service (VPLS) connects local area networks (LANs) over the Internet and makes each private LAN act like a single Ethernet LAN. This is a seamless way to keep remote and branch locations connected-something practical in today's global marketplace.


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Designing for Building Integration

Interest in integrated building systems (IBS) is stronger than ever. These systems not only improve the overall performance of a facility, but the performance of the workers as well.


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