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. 

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.

Among tech companies, Tesla has always done things in a big way. Recently, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based manufacturer of luxury electrical vehicles added to its list of outsized endeavors when it announced a major battery storage project for electric utility Southern California Edison (SCE).

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

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SuperBAS Will Rule Buildings

Brainy Building Automation Systems are Coming Isaac Newton didn’t need an apple to fall on him to come up with his first law of motion: Unless acted on by an outside force, a body in motion tends to stay in motion.


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A Colorful History

NEC’s conditional requirements have evolved There are several conditions under which the National Electrical Code requires or permits conductors to be identified by the color of their insulation.


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Getting Friendly with C-STAR

Manufacturers, NECA, and IBEW work on certification Since C-STAR is set to make its debut soon, it is time to take another look at the comprehensive certification for low-voltage systems installers.


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Unified Messaging

E-mail, voice mail and faxes find you in the office or on the go Communications, at its core, propels business forward. If not for the daily barrage of phone calls, e-mail messages and faxes, business would probably come to a halt.


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Is an Augmented Cat 6 Cabling Package Coming?

This package is coming—maybe not this holiday season, but probably after the next one. It may be broken up into three smaller packages, but here is a look at what is going to be included: • TSB 155 • Addendum 10 to TIA 568-B.2 • Addendum 11 to TIA 568-B.2 Now, somehow, all three are related.


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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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Hotels and Casinos: A Challenging Combination

Interesting occupancies for fire detection Hotel and casino fire-alarm systems can prove challenging from at least three perspectives: first, the number of people moving about the facilities throughout the day and night who typically have no familiarity with their surroundings; second, the high ambi


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