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. 

Many contractors have said to me, “The fire alarm system is supervised, and I have a green light on the fire alarm control unit.

A new piece of software developed by students will make streetlight outage detection a lot easier and faster for the City of Las Vegas.

In any industry, those who are connected get the jobs (no pun intended). It’s no different in the electrical construction industry. If you are reading this column, you are already part of the “in crowd” (Intelligent Infrastructure Insights).

Shopping for security products involves a world of possibilities. There are online resources and distributors with brick and mortar stores and mobile apps to speed up the process. Price is fairly standard across the board, barring any volume or project discounts.

More on Systems

 
Fiber Optimism

Those involved in fiber optics are incurable optimists. Market forecasts always show upward trends and promise that fiber is going to replace copper wire or rebuff wireless and whatever other alternative methods of communications are currently being hyped.


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Instant and Temporary Networks

On-demand networks are not new. Plug-and-play functionality has been a component of networking solutions for quite some time, because network access is a constant and ever-changing issue affecting most operations.


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'I Always Do Class A Work!'

“I always do class A work!” That was the answer I got when I asked the fire alarm system contractor whether or not he had wired the system in a Class A fashion.


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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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A Protective Barrier

Optical fiber, like copper wire for communications, needs to be kept dry to maintain its performance. On wire, moisture causes high impedance and crosstalk. In fiber, it adds to the attenuation and may make fibers brittle and more susceptible to damage.


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