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. 

Biometric technology has been in use for about two decades. It measures a person’s physical and behavioral characteristics, providing details that can be used to make more complete identifications.

For healthcare facilities, many states use only National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101, Life Safety Code, because it is the code that the joint commission references.

New options and customer markets


At ISC West 2016, the security industry’s largest annual tradeshow, it was evident the winds of change are blowing within the category of physical security.


Photo credit: Leroy Koetz

Only time will tell if 2016 will be the year that the Chicago Cubs' 104-year title drought ends. For now, fans are reveling in new improvements to the stadium and the surrounding area.
 The improvements began several years ago and are expected to continue into 2018 or 2019.


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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.


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CCTP Technology Converges Security with IT

A new closed circuit over twisted pair (CCTP) surveillance system developed by data communications distributor Anixter Inc., in conjunction with manufacturer partners Philips CSI, Belden Wire & Cable, and Middle Atlantic, effectively melds digital closed circuit (CCTV) technology with a local ar


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Virtual Viewing with CCTV

Networking and digitization continues to revolutionize closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance. Systems can be scaled to the application and integrated with other voice-data products to satisfy a host of needs that range from security and video management to identification and accountability.


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Contractors Needed for Biometrics

Over the past few years, the biometrics industry has experienced significant activity, resulting in myriad new applications as the demand for these products has increased. This trend is still on the rise, going full speed ahead.


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Motor-Operated Appliances

Article 422 of the 2002 National Electrical Code covers electrical appliances used in dwellings, commercial facilities and some industrial installations. Many appliances utilize only electrical power.


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Zone Cabling

It’s obvious that fiber optics is not copper wiring. Advantages of fiber include the capability of going longer distances at higher speeds, plus immunity to electromagnetic radiation. These advantages overcame its cost disadvantage and made it the cabling choice for telecommunication and CATV.


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Installing Fire-Alarm Systems, Part II

Last month, in part one of this article, we said the National Electrical Code (NEC) and the “National Fire Alarm Code” from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) were two of the most important resources needed to properly install a fire-alarm system.


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