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. 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept that gets thrown around a lot, and while many understand its general meaning, a deep examination of its various aspects and abilities may leave some heads spinning.

Updating a lighting system to improve energy efficiency seems like a no brainer. The facilities in the space will be improved, and it saves the owner money. What could be the problem with that?

Imagine storing summer heat. Renewable energy has always been about the art of the possible, turning the obvious and plentiful into a reliable source of clean fuel. If the wind, waves and even the almighty sun can be harnessed for generation, almost anything else can be captured, too.

Safety has always been one of the biggest knocks against nuclear power. A standard adopted in March 2016 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) could further the industry’s neverending quest to address those concerns.

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Wireless LAN Solutions: The explosion extends to the integrated building

FOR SECURITY, COMMUNICATIONS, CONTROLS and other information technology functions, wireless is one of the fastest-emerging growth markets. In the business environment, wireless networking has to be safe and secure because sensitive data, personnel records and other information are at stake.


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Terminal Grounding

Isolated ground receptacles are installed for the purpose of reducing electromagnetic interference on the grounded conductor.


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Restoring Networks

In outside plant fiber optic installations, the biggest cause of network failure is what we call “backhoe fade,” which is pretty self-explanatory.


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Telecom Deja Vu

Yes, we've seen it before-at least the architecture. The Wireless Mesh Network looks a lot like the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). Voice and data are converging and can be sent over wireless options.


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Pure Power

Manufacturers of standby power generators aren't sitting back and waiting for someone else to reinvent the market-they're doing it themselves. Don't think of backup power generators as noisy, chugging units that struggle into operation.


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Banks Get Ready to Upgrade

Looking at the growth and changes in banking security, few industry watchers can pinpoint what direction technology is headed.


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Controlled Chaos: Stata Center

When Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) considered construction of The Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences, the facility committee wanted something bold.


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