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. 

Sturgeon Electric Co. Inc. in Henderson, Colo., has been in business since 1912. It expanded into low-voltage work in 1984, when private bank exchange companies asked if it would be interested in performing their installations.


Although security has been necessary to protect people and property for decades, it is now considered part of the holistic experience with factors such as connectivity, convenience and integration with other systems.


Renovating commercial buildings that require fire alarm system updates presents many challenges. First, the upgrade that is designed and installed must comply with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The challenge comes from determining which edition should be followed.

Ideal Networks LanTEK III certifier

Commercial datacom networks must be certified that they are correctly installed and meet industry performance standards. That makes certification testers a basic tool for installers, and manufacturers must plan ahead to have test instruments available as standards change.

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Backups for Blackouts

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Voice Data Products Show Maturation

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FTTD: Bring the Future to Your Desk

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Derating Cables, Metal Faceplates, Grounding Parking Lot Lighting Poles and More

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Casino Fire Protection-Not a Roll of the Dice!
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Two decades ago, the disastrous fire at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas focused the world’s attention on the need for improved fire safety in casinos and hotels. The fire occurred on Nov.


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Intrusion Detection for Secure Networks

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Expanding Your Knowledge Base

Use the Web to keep up with the latest information Most fiber optic installers get started by taking a short class or seminar that covers the basics. That usually means a half-hour lecture each on fiber optic technology, how it is used for networks and the various components.


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