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. 

I often think how lucky we are to work in a profession in which we save lives. It can also make us a good living if we pay attention. Do you pay attention?


The outlook for solar-power project deployment continues to brighten, creating opportunities for electrical contractors. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Washington, D.C., 2014 was a banner year for U.S. photovoltaic (PV) projects.

All of that dark fiber we have been discussing the last few months is getting used for some fast-growing applications, and the fastest may be connecting cell towers. Cell phones have evolved into mobile data devices. Smartphones and tablets consume vast amounts of data.

A hot summer’s evening usually begets long lines at the local ice cream shop. Recently, at one such shop, the line grew extra long when the cash registers and credit card machines mysteriously powered off and on.

More on Systems

 
TIA to Address Cabling Needs of Internet Data Centers
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At its June 2001 meeting, the TelecOMMunications Industry Association (TIA) Engineering Committee TIA TR-42 approved formation of a new working group, TR-42.1.1, for network distribution nodes.

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It's Alive!
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Magazines devoted to business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce have been rife with optimism about the “next stage” of a trend that’s coming soon to a computer screen near you.

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Termination Processes Decide Costs
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Last month’s fiber optics column focused on estimating. This month’s column targets a small but important part of installation costs: fiber optic cable termination.

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When Estimating Fiber Optic Systems, Experience Is the Best Teacher
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Practically everything I know about estimating fiber optic jobs I learned from Doug Elliott. Doug is a well-known instructor who learned fiber optics from me at the first Fiber U in 1993 and is a full-time installer in the Toronto area.

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Could You Become an 'E-Commodity?'
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Most of the talk about e-commerce has covered how you can, might, or will use e-business for your company’s benefit.

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Automated Systems Control the Future
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There are basically two levels in any industrial automation project—the device level and the operator and supervisory control levels.

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Fire Alarm System Panels: Conventional versus Addressable
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Should you install conventional or addressable fire system panels? The answer ultimately lies upon close examination of the application and the protected premises.

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