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. 

Residential home fire alarm protection methods can be broken down into two distinct applications: stand-alone detection devices, known as smoke alarms or carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, and combination fire alarm and detection systems that employ smoke detectors and CO detectors connected to a resident

When we install fire protection
in a building, we are focused on active protection systems such as fire alarms, fire sprinklers, clean agents or smoke control.

Residential end-user expectation is fueling automation expansion not only in the homes of the wealthy but also in middle class developments where residents expect to be able to manage the operation of their homes with their cell phone or tablet.

The advertisements bombard us constantly. On television, on websites, in your inbox, all with the same message: everyone else is using technology that integrates security systems with home automation and enables remote control of the whole house with smart devices. Why aren’t you doing this too?


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Voice/Data/Video Product Focus
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The Web Can Help Us Do Important Things, Three Large Contractors Say
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From Louisville, St. Louis, and Leavenworth, Kan., the three contractors profiled—last month, this month, and the next—are working to become even more lean and efficient.

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Energy Crisis Presents Energy-efficient Retrofit and New Installation Opportunities
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The ongoing energy crisis in California has opened wide the doors of opportunity for electrical contractors—not only in that state, but all around the country—to sell energy-efficient retrofits and new installations.

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Movin' On Up
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Your company has just installed a multi-million dollar voice/data/video (VDV) system for either a new or established customer. If the job had been traditional electrical construction, then that would be the end of the project, and the end of your presence at the customer’s facility.

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From Louisville, St. Louis, and Leavenworth, Kan., the three contractors profiled — this month and the following two months — are working to become even more lean and efficient.

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NYSERDA Supports Voice-recognition Thermostats
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Many people talk to their programmable thermostats. The problem is that they are usually cursing the devices because they are so difficult to program. In fact, studies show that only 31 percent of owner-occupied homes with programmable thermostats installed have actually programmed the devices.

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Are Telecommunications Closets Obsolete?
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Last month, we discussed the centralized fiber optic architecture and how it affected network design. This month, we’ll continue the discussion, looking at how this can affect the design and/or need for a telecommunications closet (TC).

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