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. 

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.  


Power over ethernet (PoE) is a critical technology for integrated, IP-connected devices. Development and innovation in PoE continues to increase its capabilities, resulting in new standards, devices and methods to manage the technology for greater efficiency.


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Technology Know-How

Integration removes boundaries: A recent visit to my daughter’s doctor got me wondering; when he walked in carrying a notebook computer to access her recent test results, I wondered about how secure the network was.


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Intelligent Buildings/Smart Structures

Integrating lighting, security, and fire and life safety systems:


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Verizon Announces Savings on Fiber to the Home

When considering a new service or product offering, most financial analysts will focus on the potential revenue from such; it proves to be an important job because if one tries to push technology too far too fast, profits can prove to imbalance with the costs.


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Holy Smoke!

Controlling smoke with doors and detectors: In this issue, we will discuss smoke doors and the National Fire Alarm Code requirements for the application and placement of smoke detectors for the operation and control of the smoke doors.


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The Challenge of Communicating the Alarm

Stores and public venues need special communications:


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Feel the Heat of Convergence

Convergence among security, lighting, energy management and other disciplines is growing in a host of financial and retail institutions; As more security integrators appear on the scene to solve retailer and banking problems—both from the physical security and information technology (IT) side—contra


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The FOA Reaches Milestone in Membership

The Fiber Optics Association (FOA) certified its 20,000th Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) in October.


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