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 fountains and walkways of the healing garden are illuminated by LEDs.

In the healthcare-lighting arena, the improvements and increasing affordability of light-emitting diode (LED) products, along with advancements in lighting control technology, enable creative lighting designs that benefit patients and staff members.

In preparing to write my next article, I often review the topics I have covered in the past year or so, and I consider the issue’s theme.

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.

More on Systems

 
Video Technology: At the Speed of Light
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Anything––and everything––is a possible subject of closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance.

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Up the Learning Curve, Together: Distributors and Contractors
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E-commerce isn’t dead, it’s gone underground. Here’s a look at how some larger electrical distributors are working with contractors—far from the glare of the spotlight.

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Fire Alarms: Not Just Another Low-Voltage Installation
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For some, installing fire alarms is a lucrative sideline. For many, it is a full-time pursuit.

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Designing Fiber Optic Connectors
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In last month’s Electrical Contractor, we wrote about how to improve your fiber optic termination techniques. Fiber optic connector manufacturers work hard to make terminations easier and less expensive, and with higher performance capabilities.

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10 Gigabit Ethernet Is on the Horizon
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Experts expect the 10 Gigabitt Ethernet (10Gig-E) standard to be completed by March 2002. One of the first questions to ask is, why should we need 10Gig-E when 1Gig-E was only standardized a couple of years ago?

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TIA to Redefine Telecommunications Administration
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In 1993, TIA approved and published TIA/EIA-606 Administration Standard for the Telecommunications Infrastructure of Commercial Buildings. This standard has received limited market acceptance, possibly for two reasons. First, TIA/EIA-606 provides few concrete requirements.

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Product Focus: Distribution/Routing
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Ethernet IP Gateway

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