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.

More on Systems

 
Exploring Security Opportunities in the Lodging Industry

EVERY ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR has at one time or another thought about ways to expand his or her business. Sometimes the day-to-day drill of operating a business keeps an electrical contractor from differentiating itself from the competition.


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Working in the Fast Lane

Clients benefit from firm’s sound and communications expertise “We’re fast-track artists,”said Larry Frontino, president, Direct A/V Inc., Hawthorne, Calif. “Some contractors are good at fast track while others are good at submitting an RFI [request for information] and waiting three months for the


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Getty Would Be Proud

CLIFF EDGES THE PORTION OF THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY that threads its way along the ocean from Santa Monica to Malibu, Calif. Nestled in a canyon on that cliff sits the Getty Villa, a museum built in 1974 by oil tycoon J.


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Establishing Connections

Will plastic fibers challenge glass for networking? PLASTIC OPTICAL FIBERS (POF) have been around as long, if not longer, than glass fibers. We are all familiar with them, as they are used for consumer items such as signs, lamps and Christmas trees because they are inexpensive.


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Connectivity and the Changing World

Looking to the future and new applications THE WORLD OF OUTSIDE CONNECTIVITY IS CHANGING. This time, it is the relationship between copper and fiber-optic cable outside of our homes that is in flux.


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Aliens Abduct Category 6 (Augmented Cat 6)

Cabling gurus have been working feverishly to develop an unshielded twisted pair cable (UTP) that will support 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE), but it has not been easy.


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Integrated Automation

Controlling safety and comfort from one unit The electrical contracting firm’s core business typically includes Division 26/Electrical of the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) 2004 edition of the MasterFormat that specifies the requirements for a facility’s power distribution and lighti


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