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. 

Last month, we discussed “dark fiber” and how most outside plant installations include more fibers than are needed at the time of installation. Later, those fibers will be used for expanding service capacity or leased out to provide income.

Our Houses—or, at least, the houses of the tech-savviest among us—are getting closer to running autonomously. Now, it’s not just that you can open your garage door or turn on your living room lights from a smartphone app.

Do you have a customer that requires additional access control at specific locations within their facility but no budget for a total rip and replace? Maybe they are concerned with hacking or data compromise.

The categories or labels used to describe the plethora of power quality phenomena that can occur on electrical systems have not changed much in the past decade or two. Measurement methods and acceptable limits for most systems have changed.

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Cable Management Systems Organize Wires While Eliminating Sag and Snag
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The numerous choices for managing voice/data/video cabling (VDV) installations enable electrical contractors to effectively run well-supported wiring through almost any location and under any field condition.

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Get a Hold (Up) on Bank Security
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Financial institutions, bank branches, and a variety of other lending organizations generally have one thing in common—money. And, that money sometimes has to be protected from unscrupulous persons who might want to grab what’s not legally theirs.

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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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