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. 

Integrated systems solutions aren’t reserved solely for surveillance, intrusion detection and fire-signaling technology. Audio is the bright star on the horizon, especially as it begins to be leveraged more fully on the network.

As building intelligence becomes a mainstream demand in small to mid-sized buildings and companies, contractors must find ways to offer solutions without crippling startup investments.

The fiber optic industry is going through growing pains. As nationwide connectivity projects such as Google Fiber have accelerated the deployment of connected cities, the realities of running cable throughout America’s communities is proving a challenge.

Everything came to a sudden halt for JetBlue on Jan. 14, 2016. Its website crashed. Passengers became irate. Long lines formed. Some 200 flights were delayed. This nightmare began when JetBlue’s data center lost power and did not have a responsive backup network.

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Shambaugh & Son Lock Up Prison Security Project

In March 2001, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to a pre-qualified list of design-build general contractors to manage the construction project for a new federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. The 598,000-square-foot U.S.


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All Bundled Up

It can keep you warm—or create a fire hazard “BUNDLE (bundled, bundling):To occupy the same bed without undressing, said of a man and woman, especially during courtship.” —Webster’s Dictionary.


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Outlook Bright for Security Lighting

Illuminating the premises is a critical component of the complete protection plan It has been a whirlwind ride for the security industry the last several years.


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Tapping the Power of the Ethernet

A standard finds new strength There’s common ground between security end-users and electrical contractors/integrators, and it lies in the Ethernet.


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Number of Conductors in an Outlet Box, Connecting Ground Rods and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 250 Grounding Article 314 Outlet, Device, Pull and Junction Boxes; Conduit Bodies, Fittings and Manholes Article 430 Motors, Motor Circuits and Controllers Article 440 Air Conditioning and Refrigerating Equipment Article 517 Healthcare Facilities Article 695 Fire Pumps Overcur


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Private Security

VPNs offer privacy over a public backbone From a systems standpoint, security always seems to make its way to the top of any task list.


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The Trouble with Mismatched Fibers

Careful documentation can help Gone are the days when all fiber optic cables were the same. Most building cables had 62.5/125 micron multimode fibers for LANs or security systems, while outside plant cables were all single-mode fiber.


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