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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. 

At a small telecommunications facility, equipment mysteriously started self-destructing for no apparent reason. Laptops, routers, printers and cell phones were apparently just becoming nonfunctional.

After 15 years of rural living on a small farm in Southern California, my wife and I recently moved back into the city. Now, as we walk around our neighborhood, we are often reminded that we live in one of the smartest “smart cities” in the world: Santa Monica, Calif.

As new technology such as Amazon Alexa is linked to smart home devices, lamps are becoming more than simple lights that turn on when you flip a switch.  


I used to get weary of hearing intelligent buildings would be the norm in the near future. I never believed the concept would catch on. First, it was expensive. Second, there had to be a coordinated design for all of the systems in the buildings.

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Houston and Los Angeles Catch the Muni Wi-Fi Buzz

On the same day, two mayors announced their municipalities soon will become part of the growing legion of cities to adopt a citywide wireless broadband network.


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Behind the Integration Buzz

It's called digital living—Are you ready to embrace it?


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Renovation Meets Integration

The need for modern mechanical and communication systems is breathing new life into aging buildings through technologies many decades newer than their bricks and mortar;


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What Is the 'Mandrel Wrap'?

Understanding TIA-568 can lead to more consistent loss measurements:


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Infinity and Beyond!

The diverse future of structured cabling:


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Don't Give up the Fight

Consider the value of the best network possible: An inadequate computer network can lead to a long list of problems for an organization; for example, I have a friend who works in commissioned retail sales who recently left her employer to work for a competitor.


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