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. 

Technology is changing so fast these days that we could almost call this a “technology invasion.” Sometimes, it seems the technology and systems needed to accomplish the work changes in the time between one project ending and another project going out to bid.

Planning


As with any project, a communications cabling project requires comprehensive management. Project management for cabling or related networks is best understood when broken into five subtopics:
 Planning, Design, Installation, Testing and Operation.

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After what seemed like an eternity for those of us working on the various power quality working groups and task forces of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society, a number of standards have been completed.

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Efficient electric energy storage (EES) has always been both technically challenging and expensive, like capturing lightning in a bottle.

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The Alphabet Soup of Fiber Optic Connectors
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One of the negative aspects of high tech is its habit of using abbreviations and acronyms for practically everything. It gets so bad, we joke about all the TLAs or three-letter acronyms.

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TIA Approves 10/100 Mbps Fiber Ethernet Solution
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“Better late than never” probably best describes the latest approved Local Area Network (LAN) standard—ANSI/TIA/EIA-785 100 Mbps Physical Layer Medium Dependent Sublayer and 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps Auto-Negotiation on 850nm Fiber Optics.

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A Year Makes a Difference
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“A EC Systems 2000”, which took place in June in Washington, D.C., was swamped with dot-coms aiming at the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) community. Among the exhibitors was supplyFORCE.com, a distributor enterprise that emanates from within the electrical industry.

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VDV Product Focus
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Cable Management Systems Organize Wires While Eliminating Sag and Snag
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The numerous choices for managing voice/data/video cabling (VDV) installations enable electrical contractors to effectively run well-supported wiring through almost any location and under any field condition.

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Get a Hold (Up) on Bank Security
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Financial institutions, bank branches, and a variety of other lending organizations generally have one thing in common—money. And, that money sometimes has to be protected from unscrupulous persons who might want to grab what’s not legally theirs.

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Video Technology: At the Speed of Light
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Anything––and everything––is a possible subject of closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance.

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