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. 

Silence! Production came to a screeching halt. Except for a few faint alarms in the distance, an eerie quiet fell over a large part of the facility. It was quite an ominous sight to see the emergency lights attempting to penetrate the darkness from the power outage.


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It is becoming increasingly complicated to manage both the physical and digital access security needs of corporate, institutional and government facilities.

In several recent columns, I discussed the process of fiber optic terminations. I examined each step in detail and shared some of the things I have learned from experience and teaching students. As they say, one learns from one’s mistakes.


Data centers are energy hogs. They can consume up to 100 times more energy than a standard office building, according to the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

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The Net Levels the Playing Field for Small Companies
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The Internet is already changing the way the electrical industry operates, especially in the areas of purchasing, financing, and shipping. But it has only just begun.

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Segue from Residential Electrical Wiring into Telecommunications Wiring
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Having specialized in residential electrical wiring design and installation for many years, I felt excited about the opportunity to jump into the residential communications wiring game. This additional revenue stream could significantly increase electrical contractors’ bottom line.

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Web-sters Chasing Your Business
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Between 170 and 210 Web enterprises are chasing your e-commerce orders. Enjoy it while you can, because not all will survive. In September, five contractor-purchasing sites that are emanating from within the electrical industry itself were covered in the first part of this two-part article.

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Fuel Cells Now
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People have been talking about a hydrogen economy for many years, one driven by the cheapest, most common, nonpolluting element in the universe. This dream may become reality in this decade as hydrogen fuel cell development nears the production stage.

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Building a Successful VDV Service Business
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Providing first-rate, after-installation voice/data/video (VDV) service to your customers can be very profitable. More importantly, providing after-installation VDV service is a must if you want your project VDV business to grow and prosper.

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Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) Expands Fiber Optic Bandwidth
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Students in my fiber optic classes have been inquiring about new optical networking companies dominating the business news recently.

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Home Networking: The Next Big Thing or Nothing at All?
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Many see home networking as a huge potential market. Contractors with a memory might confuse this boomlet with the home automation flop of the early- and mid-1990s. Is this more of the same, or something new—–and big?

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