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. 

At a small telecommunications facility, equipment mysteriously started self-destructing for no apparent reason. Laptops, routers, printers and cell phones were apparently just becoming nonfunctional.

After 15 years of rural living on a small farm in Southern California, my wife and I recently moved back into the city. Now, as we walk around our neighborhood, we are often reminded that we live in one of the smartest “smart cities” in the world: Santa Monica, Calif.

As new technology such as Amazon Alexa is linked to smart home devices, lamps are becoming more than simple lights that turn on when you flip a switch.  


In the last year or two, I have written a few articles about NFPA 3, Recommended Practice for Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems, and NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing. These were both part of NFPA 3 starting in 2013.

More on Systems

 
Integrated Growth

According to a report by the ARC Advisory Group Inc., Dedham, Mass., steady growth will push the global market for automated building systems to more than $25 billion in 2009, with market expansion over the next five years expected to compound at an annual growth rate of nearly 5 percent.


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The Language of Technology

Industry standards make the world go ’round. No kidding. Without standards, communications and networking would never work. Telephones allow you to talk to anyone in the world, assuming you speak their language. Standards are the “language” of networks and communications.


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On Standby

As a subcontractor to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), I see the immediate need for the installation of home standby generators firsthand.


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Linking up

Most cabling installers have only a vague notion of what goes on the end of the cables they install or how the equipment works, especially when it comes to fiber optics.


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Hardware-Based Firewalls

Most contractors opt out of networking projects when terms, such as “network security,” “firewall” and “software,” start getting thrown around. But, that may not be the best move to make, as network security is a niche market where contractors could easily profit.


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LANs Contractors Can Install
by Staff |

In today’s technologically advanced society, nearly every new commercial building has found a way to incorporate the computer revolution into its design.


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The New Wireless Hype

Gi-Fi, shorthand for Gigabit Wi-Fi, 802.11 and wireless Gigabit to the desktop (wGTTD), is the latest and greatest wireless technology hype. The technology would be capable of transmitting high data rates.


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