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 building intelligence becomes a mainstream demand in small to mid-sized buildings and companies, contractors must find ways to offer solutions without crippling startup investments.

The fiber optic industry is going through growing pains. As nationwide connectivity projects such as Google Fiber have accelerated the deployment of connected cities, the realities of running cable throughout America’s communities is proving a challenge.

Everything came to a sudden halt for JetBlue on Jan. 14, 2016. Its website crashed. Passengers became irate. Long lines formed. Some 200 flights were delayed. This nightmare began when JetBlue’s data center lost power and did not have a responsive backup network.

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.

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STP vs. UTP

Money usually decides this debate One of the great debates that affects contractors—especially those dealing with communications systems—may be the question of shielded twisted pair (STP) or unshielded twisted pair (UTP).


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Cameras in the Classroom
by Staff |

School security is changing as fast as it is growing, and electrical contractors who don’t educate themselves in the latest digital video recording and imaging equipment stand likely to lose out on a lucrative market.


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Data Center Design Recommendations

Think ‘tiers’ for a standards-compliant data center It seems as if a big chunk of future contracting work will come from designing, installing and supporting data centers. There are many reasons this is being headlined in the telecommunication trades: it’s a solution to many problems.


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Lloyd Electric Connects the Nation's Airports
by Staff |

When Boeing Integrated Defense Systems was awarded the mammoth project of providing all the nation’s airports with baggage explosives screening equipment by the end of 2002, it sought partners in small and minority enterprises.


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Nonmetallic Conduit for Essential Hospital Systems

The five exceptions to providing nonflexible metal raceways Providing alternate power for essential electrical circuits in a hospital is extremely important during loss of normal power.


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A Misleading Circuit

Can a 20A receptacle be placed on a 15A circuit?


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Security for the Masses

For many people, a trip to the airport is the most potent reminder of terror in our new age of heightened security. We wait in long lines to be X-rayed and metal-detected. We see guards everywhere, often accompanied by dogs.


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