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. 

iStock

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

Providing fire alarm system design services can prove troublesome for some contractors.

Designing for 802.11ac

by
Staff  

As wireless deployments continue to keep electrical contractors (ECs) busy, installers are seeing increased diversity in the type and scope of these projects. One reason is the greater reliance on wireless networks. Another is the introduction of the latest wireless standard, 802.11ac.

The drive for networked building controls aimed at lowering energy costs and boosting efficiency is changing the market for providers. Business is growing as companies become installers and service providers in this industry.

More on Systems

 
Designing and Building Centralized Fiber Networks
by Staff |
| under

Last month, we mentioned centralized fiber local area networks (LANs) as a place where fiber optics are more cost effective than copper wiring. What exactly is a centralized fiber network and how is one designed and built?

READ MORE
 
What and Why? Testing Gigabit Ethernet
by Staff |
| under

Last month we looked at the state of Gigabit Ethernet today and recognized that it will be confined to backbone networks and server connections for the reasonably foreseeable future, simply because most desktops can’t use such speed.

READ MORE
 
Category 6 Cabling - Standard or Not?
by Staff |
| under

I guess the honest answer to the above is, “We’re working on it.” Most manufacturers have products (cable, jacks, patch cords, and test equipment) out in the marketplace promoted in one fashion or another as Category 6 compliant.

READ MORE
 
High-tech Robots Deploy Fiber Optic Cables in Sewer Systems
by Staff |
| under

CityNet Telecommunications Inc. has launched the first commercial deployment of a fiber optic network through a sewer system. The first-of-a-kind deployment was conducted in the city of Albuquerque, N.M.

READ MORE
 
Lighting Controls: Profiting from Mood Lighting and Dimming
by Staff |
| under

True story: A few weeks ago I went to a major retail store to buy a new television. The model I liked was on sale and had all the features I wanted. Or so I thought.

READ MORE
 
E-Lighting - Too Much of a Good Thing?
by Staff |
| under

The Internet is a wonderful creation. But, is it too much? It permits you to find all sorts of interesting information at no cost.

READ MORE
 
Is Copper Cheaper than Fiber?
by Staff |
| under

Fiber optics is always expected to cost much more than copper cabling. Whatever you look at—cable, terminations, or networking electronics—fiber costs more. So isn’t it obvious that fiber networks are more expensive than copper? Maybe not! There is more to consider before deciding this.

READ MORE

Pages