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. 

Last month, we discussed “dark fiber” and how most outside plant installations include more fibers than are needed at the time of installation. Later, those fibers will be used for expanding service capacity or leased out to provide income.

Our Houses—or, at least, the houses of the tech-savviest among us—are getting closer to running autonomously. Now, it’s not just that you can open your garage door or turn on your living room lights from a smartphone app.

Do you have a customer that requires additional access control at specific locations within their facility but no budget for a total rip and replace? Maybe they are concerned with hacking or data compromise.

The categories or labels used to describe the plethora of power quality phenomena that can occur on electrical systems have not changed much in the past decade or two. Measurement methods and acceptable limits for most systems have changed.

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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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Construction IT--Where Now?
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The dot-com nuttiness is over. Were there doubt about that, it was confirmed at the A/E/C Systems 2002 show in June in Anaheim, Calif. There were a few dot-coms, but for the most part, exhibitors--and speakers at construction industry sessions--were moving on.

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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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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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Wiring Transportation Hubs for Modern Communications
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In 1996, Congress passed the Telecommunications Act to “provide for a pro-competitive, de-regulatory national policy framework designed to accelerate rapidly private sector deployment of advanced telecommunications and information technologies and services to all Americans ...” That’s all well and g

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