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. 

Are your low-voltage and security customers concerned over “hanging” security cameras on the enterprise network and opening it to potential vulnerabilities? Or are they looking at protecting other parts of their commercial facility that may be housing data and other privileged information? reported in October 2014 that the United States has more electrical grid blackouts than any other developed nation and that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), demand for electricity has outpaced transmission rates by 25 percent every year since 1982.

As projects become more complex, electrical contractors need high-tech management methods to ensure more efficient results. Here are just a few examples to help you get headed in the right direction. 5pm

The dark fiber providers that most people are familiar with are private companies that were started to offer fiber connectivity for a profit. Today, there is a major movement toward building fiber networks as a public-private partnership.

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Storage Area Networks Take Two Steps Forward

The latest buzz in the low-voltage market is Storage Area Networks (SANs). SANs began in a mixed environment, and contractors had to deal with different host bus adapters and different configurations. Resolving compatibility problems often involved calls to numerous vendors. That is changing.

TIA Approves Automation Standard

In the March 2002 issue, I reported on the activity within the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) to develop a cabling system in support of building-automation systems (BAS). At the time of writing that article, the document was out for industry ballot.

Choosing the Right Fiber Optic Cable

Choosing the right fiber optic cable is extremely important for any installation. The purpose of the cable is to protect the fibers during installation and the service lifetime. Several types of cable are available.

Equipment Warning Signs, Remote Service Disconnecting Means and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 230 Services Article 240 Overcurrent Protection Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Article 430 Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers Article 450 Transformers and Transformer Vaults Article 695 Fire Pumps Warning si

Bonding Water Piping

There is a quiet revolution occurring in the home-building industry. Traditional single- and multiple-dwelling construction methods as we knew them have changed forever. Metal studs are now often being installed in place of wood and steel beams in place of wooden trusses and joists.

Analog to Digital Expands CCTV

Digital video makes surveillance a snap. At your fingertips are control functions (pan-tilt-zoom, recording, etc.) and limitless remote monitoring options.

Multimedia Cabling Demands Flexible, Creative Solutions

Multimedia applications have just taken over networks. Long gone are the days when the most taxing task for any network was moving data files through itself.