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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. 

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For local area networks that do not require certification, qualification (or performance) testing is a less expensive option for contractors to test that an installation complies with component manufacturer standards and will perform to specifications.


There’s major disruption in the electronic access control systems (EACS) market. What was once a proprietary, closed technology sector within security has opened to align with the growing internet of things (IoT), data collection and analytics.

Tech disruption can be a scary phrase. It can feel too fast, too soon. Break through the anxiety, however, and technology can ease and improve processes and performance. For the electrical contractor, maybe the time is ripe for a little disruption.


Fluke Networks CableIQ qualification tester

For local area networks that do not require certification, qualification (or performance) testing is a less expensive option for contractors to test that an installation complies with component manufacturer standards and will perform to specifications.

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Smarty Pants

Access control is a logical product to integrate. Technology continues to advance, especially in networked solutions, smart cards and biometrics, offering new capabilities and more application possibilities than ever before.


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Fiber Optics Jargon

Fiber optics, like many of today's technologies, has developed its own language, created from technical terms specific to fiber optic technology. Sometimes the fiber optic community cannot-or will not-standardize, and we mean beyond choosing a standard connector.


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The Loss Test

Every fiber in an installed fiber optic cable needs testing for loss. The insertion loss test is the standard test required by every network and cabling standard around the world. Superficially, loss testing is easy.


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PV Economics

Performing a preliminary design for a photovoltaic (PV) system is the first step in deciding how to effectively incorporate PV technology into a new or existing building.


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On the Horizon

VoWiFi-an abbreviation for voice over wireless fidelity-is another alphabet-soup name to remember. VoWiFi combines Wi-Fi's wireless advantages with voice over Internet protocol (VoIP).


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