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. 

Another year has passed, and we have nothing revolutionary to report about fiber optic technology—no instant-on connectors, dirt-cheap lasers or simple solutions to installation problems.

When a potential client calls on you to provide a fire alarm system, do you assume the design responsibility? If so, what resources do you use?


Never before in the electronic security industry has change been so profound. As hardware and boxes moved onto the network, they have morphed into intelligent, connected products.

Contractors that are still putting estimates together using pencil and paper are not only wasting time and money, but they also are losing business. Contractors who think they can’t afford estimating software are just plain wrong.

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How Do You Identify Yourself?
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Many Might answer the title question: “I am a professional contractor.” That means you at least install fire alarm systems, maybe even design your own projects. If that alone constitutes your answer, you routinely miss a huge amount of sales. 


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Trust, But Verify
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With the introduction of Internet-protocol-based, enterprise-wide, and integrated security solutions, today’s systems are more sophisticated than ever, and their deployment has become much more complicated.

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A Comfort Zone Away From Home
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For decades, the penetration rate of residential security systems has been hovering around 20 percent. However, technology advancements, mobile communication and consumer expectations seem to be finally driving that rate up and bringing home automation and interactive services along for the ride.


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(Air-Blown) Fiber Added
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Sometimes, customer requests turn out to be very good things.

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Cool Tools: VDV Copper Prep Tools
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Copper cables remain a key element in most structured wiring systems, even as the amount of fiber optic cable in structured wiring networks continues to increase.


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What's A Network?
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When we discuss copper, fiber and wireless, we focus on the media, often without regard to the networks for which the media are supposed to provide connections. To better understand the role of the media and the selection of the best choice, it helps to understand networks.


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Macro Opportunities In Microgrids
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It hasn’t been easy to live in Connecticut the last couple years. First Hurricane Irene slammed through the state in August 2011, leaving some residents without electricity for weeks. A freak Halloween snowstorm two months later brought wires down again.

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