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. 

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) fight for net neutrality got another big boost on Tuesday, as the Washington, D.C., federal appeals court upheld the FCC’s Open Internet rules in a 2–1 decision.

Biometric technology has been in use for about two decades. It measures a person’s physical and behavioral characteristics, providing details that can be used to make more complete identifications.

For healthcare facilities, many states use only National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101, Life Safety Code, because it is the code that the joint commission references.

New options and customer markets


At ISC West 2016, the security industry’s largest annual tradeshow, it was evident the winds of change are blowing within the category of physical security.


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PVC Conduit Underground, Disconnect for Residentia

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Planning a Fire Alarm System Installation

Developing a ‘specialty’ crew is important The fire alarm system installation for most new building projects inevitably is a Division 16 responsibility.


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The DER Niche Market

Electrical contractors working for utilities or interested in a growing niche market might do well to investigate opportunities in distributed energy resources (DER). They are parallel and stand-alone electric generation units located within the electric distribution system at or near the end-user.


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Article 210--Branch Circuits: Required Lighting Outlets, Part II

210.70 Lighting Outlets Required The National Electrical Code states its purpose as “the practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity.” [90.1(A)] The adequacy of the Code is covered in 90.1(B).


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Fuel Cells--Power Source for the Future

It has been three decades since fuel cell technology first emerged, but the clean and efficient power alternative is just now beginning to take off.


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Homeland Security: Contractors Vie for New Systems Installations

Without a shadow of a doubt, the events of Sept. 11, 2001, changed the world. Our understanding of what it means to feel safe and secure were forever altered.


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Who Watches the Watchmen?

Backing up your backups—aka redundancy—is critical Having backup for the backup to the backup is the only way to go in power and systems. For the healthcare market, which provides critical and comprehensive care 24/7, it’s a necessity.


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