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. 

I often think how lucky we are to work in a profession in which we save lives. It can also make us a good living if we pay attention. Do you pay attention?


The outlook for solar-power project deployment continues to brighten, creating opportunities for electrical contractors. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Washington, D.C., 2014 was a banner year for U.S. photovoltaic (PV) projects.

All of that dark fiber we have been discussing the last few months is getting used for some fast-growing applications, and the fastest may be connecting cell towers. Cell phones have evolved into mobile data devices. Smartphones and tablets consume vast amounts of data.

A hot summer’s evening usually begets long lines at the local ice cream shop. Recently, at one such shop, the line grew extra long when the cash registers and credit card machines mysteriously powered off and on.

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CCTP Technology Converges Security with IT
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A new closed circuit over twisted pair (CCTP) surveillance system developed by data communications distributor Anixter Inc., in conjunction with manufacturer partners Philips CSI, Belden Wire & Cable, and Middle Atlantic, effectively melds digital closed circuit (CCTV) technology with a local ar

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Virtual Viewing with CCTV
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Networking and digitization continues to revolutionize closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance. Systems can be scaled to the application and integrated with other voice-data products to satisfy a host of needs that range from security and video management to identification and accountability.

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Splicing Optical Fiber
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It’s possible to terminate fiber optic cable in two ways––connectors or splices. Connectors install on fiber ends that mate to other fibers creating a temporary joint, or connect the fiber to the transmitter or receiver of a piece of network gear. Splices are used for permanent joints.

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Installing Fire-Alarm Systems, Part II
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Last month, in part one of this article, we said the National Electrical Code (NEC) and the “National Fire Alarm Code” from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) were two of the most important resources needed to properly install a fire-alarm system.

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Market Convergence Means Opportunity
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While the general market outlook for unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) and coax cable is flat, certain segments will jump this year. “Overall market growth will be in the lower single-digit area,” said Bill Miller, director of marketing for Belden Electronics Division.

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Home Theater: Broadening Your View
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You’re familiar with the concept of the “smart house,” which is in the third generation of development. Their computerized electrical systems open garage doors, program lighting schemes and operate home-security systems. Some even turn on the coffee pot.

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Home Automation Gains Momentum
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From personal home theaters complete with surround-sound speakers, high-definition, large-screen projection and DVD recordings to total-system lighting packages, electrical contractors are profiting from rapid technological advances.

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