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. 

Moving to upstart revenue streams and mobile, remote systems management is the way smart, low-voltage electrical contractors are doing something about the changing security and integrated systems market.

Recently, I came across some research that could be a useful tool. In August 2016, Security Sales & Integration (SSI) published its annual Operations and Opportunities Report, which reveals key trends in the security dealer and integrator market.


The market for data centers is growing. It is being driven by many factors, including big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and intelligent computing that data centers make possible.

Many electrical contractors build, renovate, and maintain corporate and government data centers.

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Calling All Contractors

Call centers have come full circle, mainly because they have helped to redefine and reshape customer service functions for a wide variety of businesses. Due to competition within almost all market sectors, customer service has become a defining business function.


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Why Isn't Fiber More Popular?

My first thought in writing this column was that the title was wrong.It should be “Why Do People Still Install Copper?” In the fiber optic business, we’ve suffered from the copper industry’s harping that fiber is fragile because it’s made of glass, hard to install and too expensive.


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Intelligent Buildings

A flooded landscape strewn with debris was all that many could see last month as Hurricane Isabel hit the East Coast of the United States, leaving millions without power and blowing down 60-foot pine trees in many neighborhoods, including mine.


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Shopping for Retail Fire Systems

Retail stores or “mercantile” properties, as defined by the various building codes, include everything from small mom-and-pop stores in free-standing buildings to multiple stores in a strip mall, from large, enclosed malls to big-box stores selling books, hardware or whatever.


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Large Box, Small Box

It certainly is not easy being a retailer today. There are so many different fronts to cover. From keeping customers happy to competing efficiently and seeing to security and management functions, the tasks at hand can seem overwhelming at times. Security is always an issue.


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Network Safety with a Retail Twist

The retail industry is integration in action. The business owner or corporation for the most part has a computerized operation—from point-of-sale and employee time and attendance to security and a host of information technology functions.


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Designing LANs

A LAN (Local Area Network) is the only true way to connect computers and peripherals to one another. LANs have become a necessity over the years.


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