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. 

As most of you know, the codes and standards for fire alarm and mass notification systems change on a three-year cycle. New technology and more refined occupant needs top the list of reasons for most changes.

The predictions have arrived! Analysts expect the first quarter of 2015 to show a rapid rise in commercial construction. Obviously, this is good news on almost all fronts.

One of my responsibilities over the years has been to field questions from our members and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) to help them find and understand code requirements. I have benefitted from the process as well.

A limited number of low-voltage contractors specialize in the installation of sprinkler systems power and controls. For them, it provides a regular source of revenue that most contractors have bypassed.

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TIA to Address Cabling Needs of Internet Data Centers
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At its June 2001 meeting, the TelecOMMunications Industry Association (TIA) Engineering Committee TIA TR-42 approved formation of a new working group, TR-42.1.1, for network distribution nodes.

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It's Alive!
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Magazines devoted to business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce have been rife with optimism about the “next stage” of a trend that’s coming soon to a computer screen near you.

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Could You Become an 'E-Commodity?'
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Most of the talk about e-commerce has covered how you can, might, or will use e-business for your company’s benefit.

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Automated Systems Control the Future
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There are basically two levels in any industrial automation project—the device level and the operator and supervisory control levels.

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Fire Alarm System Panels: Conventional versus Addressable
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Should you install conventional or addressable fire system panels? The answer ultimately lies upon close examination of the application and the protected premises.

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The 'New' Home Systems Market
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You’ve heard it before: this is the year for home systems. Everyone thought market saturation would advance quickly for home systems, but consumers couldn’t get a handle on the plethora of products, protocols, and functions—which benefits they could use.

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