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. 

Residential home fire alarm protection methods can be broken down into two distinct applications: stand-alone detection devices, known as smoke alarms or carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, and combination fire alarm and detection systems that employ smoke detectors and CO detectors connected to a resident

When we install fire protection
in a building, we are focused on active protection systems such as fire alarms, fire sprinklers, clean agents or smoke control.

Residential end-user expectation is fueling automation expansion not only in the homes of the wealthy but also in middle class developments where residents expect to be able to manage the operation of their homes with their cell phone or tablet.

The advertisements bombard us constantly. On television, on websites, in your inbox, all with the same message: everyone else is using technology that integrates security systems with home automation and enables remote control of the whole house with smart devices. Why aren’t you doing this too?


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Card Access with All the 'Smarts'
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In access control, the innovation never stops. In the cards themselves and the readers, technology has stepped up to provide the highest levels of security ever.

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Fiber's Biggest Enemy
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Your mother was right--dirt is bad. Cleanliness can be next to impossible on the jobsite, but when it comes to fiber optics, it's mandatory. The problem is simply that fiber itself is small, about the size of a human hair.

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Simultaneous Disconnects, Generator Wiring and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 100 Definitions Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 230 Services Article 250 Grounding Article 312 Cabinets, Cutout Boxes and Meter Socket Enclosures Article 445 Generators Article 518 Places of Assembly Disconnect for multiwire branch circuit Q: There was a requirement in the

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Flood of Products Hits as VoIP Tide Breaks Strong
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The giant wave washing over low-voltage technology is VoIP (voice over Internet protocol). Anticipating contractors’ needs, vendors introduced a flood of products to the market.

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TIA Approves Category 6
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After almost five years in the making, Category 6 is—believe it or not—now an official standard, having been approved and published.

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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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