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. 

Many contractors have said to me, “The fire alarm system is supervised, and I have a green light on the fire alarm control unit.

A new piece of software developed by students will make streetlight outage detection a lot easier and faster for the City of Las Vegas.

In any industry, those who are connected get the jobs (no pun intended). It’s no different in the electrical construction industry. If you are reading this column, you are already part of the “in crowd” (Intelligent Infrastructure Insights).

Shopping for security products involves a world of possibilities. There are online resources and distributors with brick and mortar stores and mobile apps to speed up the process. Price is fairly standard across the board, barring any volume or project discounts.

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Wireless LANs: The New Attention-Getter

‘Hotspots’ provide high return on investment In our connected world, seeing people frantically check their e-mail before boarding a plane has become commonplace. Instantaneous communications are par for the course, which is why public wireless LANs have come into their own.


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Take Care in Installation

There’s strength in members Many electricians have their first encounters with fiber optic cabling when asked to install the cable for others who terminate and test it.


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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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