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. 

Moving to upstart revenue streams and mobile, remote systems management is the way smart, low-voltage electrical contractors are doing something about the changing security and integrated systems market.

Recently, I came across some research that could be a useful tool. In August 2016, Security Sales & Integration (SSI) published its annual Operations and Opportunities Report, which reveals key trends in the security dealer and integrator market.


The market for data centers is growing. It is being driven by many factors, including big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and intelligent computing that data centers make possible.

Many electrical contractors build, renovate, and maintain corporate and government data centers.

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Restoring Networks

In outside plant fiber optic installations, the biggest cause of network failure is what we call “backhoe fade,” which is pretty self-explanatory.


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Telecom Deja Vu

Yes, we've seen it before-at least the architecture. The Wireless Mesh Network looks a lot like the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). Voice and data are converging and can be sent over wireless options.


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Pure Power

Manufacturers of standby power generators aren't sitting back and waiting for someone else to reinvent the market-they're doing it themselves. Don't think of backup power generators as noisy, chugging units that struggle into operation.


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Banks Get Ready to Upgrade

Looking at the growth and changes in banking security, few industry watchers can pinpoint what direction technology is headed.


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Controlled Chaos: Stata Center

When Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) considered construction of The Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences, the facility committee wanted something bold.


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FTTD: Bring the Future to Your Desk

Moving your network into the future takes time, initiative and planning. But most of all, it takes knowledge. Both the installer and the end-user need to understand what is available and what is feasible.


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PoE May Equal "Big Mo" for Contractors

How about this: Under IEEE Standard 803.2af, power can be run via datacomm cable. It's called “Power over Ethernet” (PoE). For many electrical contractors, PoE could turn out to be the greatest development in world history. But wait: Maybe it's not all that remarkable.


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