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.  


In the last year or two, I have written a few articles about NFPA 3, Recommended Practice for Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems, and NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing. These were both part of NFPA 3 starting in 2013.

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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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California Gets the Greenlight for Market Redesign

SEVERAL YEARS after the state’s notorious energy debacle, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (California ISO) now has clearance to move forward with a major overhaul of the state’s energy market.


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Nuclear Power Plant Plans Increase in Output

Progress Energy Florida (PEF) has asked state regulators to approve increasing the output of the utility’s Crystal River nuclear plant, a proposal that is expected to save billions of dollars for customers.


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UPS Delivers Growing Sales

WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY pervading every business and industry, there is a rising need for constant power supply.


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UPS systems

Who Really Needs One? Simply put, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a device that provides battery backup when the electrical power falls to unacceptable voltage levels.


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