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. 

As I have described in the previous few columns, splicing fibers is fairly easy. If the installer cleans and cleaves the fibers properly, the machine does the rest. However, the installer’s job is not over at that point.

Industrial firms and contractors stand to benefit from emerging innovations in remote-monitoring technology.

When people send in data from a power quality monitor to be reviewed, some common questions include “Is my site normal?” and “Does this data look OK to operate my facility?” Such questions usually get the same ambiguous answer: “It depends.” The quality of electric power as supplied and how much is

When it comes to systems integration, intrusion detectors and sensors are the ties that bind.

More on Systems

Wire Cutting and Paralleling

A little innovation goes a long way More than 25 years ago, Rexel’s Upper Marlboro (Md.) Regional Distribution Center came up with a value-add to improve service to contractor customers. Among the first to take advantage of Rexel’s wire cutting and paralleling service was Dynalectric Co.

'Standards Compliant' in the Residence

 Moving toward standardization Certain elements of the installation of wiring/cabling for residential low-voltage systems are on their way to becoming “standardized,” or at least looked at as benchmarks. Here is a closer look at some guidance for a “standards compliant” installation.

Security System Cabling

Because we all want to feel safe and secure, the prevalence and necessity of security systems has always been a driving factor in business and industry. The tragic events of Sept.

Monitoring Systems Remotely

Advances in technology have made the remote monitoring of commercial building systems both possible and economical.

Can You Buy at Auction?

January’s column discussed how companies that hire construction contractors are using reverse auctions to drive prices down. It is electronic bid-shopping with a sophisticated veneer. Can you use reverse auctions to buy material or services? First, reverse auctions are not a good way to buy.

Emerging VDV Applications

Technology convergence means practical solutions A fiber optic system guards Naval operations on the Atlantic coastline. A corporate executive shoots video and transmits the live images instantly, across the country.