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. 

Strobes are essentially the only lights available for fire alarm notification. They have been misunderstood and even misused on occasion, but every fire alarm system with audible notification must have a complement of strobes to ensure the hearing-impaired occupants will be notified of an alarm.


There is no doubt that video surveillance cameras are a critical, indispensable part of security at the customer’s protected premises. They can provide general security and assist with human resources functions when integrated with access control.

When you examine an end-user’s needs, do you really know what they expect from their security solution? They want plug-and-play, like popular consumer platforms based on the highly convenient and adaptable iOS and Android operating systems.


The title of this article is not meant to make you smile. 
Most Electrical Contractor readers work in the contracting business. But, on a daily basis, personnel and clients likely bombard you with requests to take on a new challenge and to do a better job at the work already being performed.


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Financial Security Focuses on CCTV

Remember the V-8 advertisement where the guy slapped his head when he realized he had missed his chance to have his favorite drink? Having a “V-8 Moment” about security systems as the crooks escape a bank robbery is bad news all around.


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High-Tech Trumps Hijinks

As long as there have been banks, there have been bank robbers. But in the past decade, keeping up with criminal threats to the banking industry is becoming more high tech as security demands change.


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Behind the Scenes

There’s a well-known joke about money. You might see it as a sign posted in a bar or restaurant: “In God We Trust. Everybody else pays cash.” The first part of that phrase, as we all know, is printed on every U.S. greenback and stamped on every nickel, dime, quarter and penny.


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Tangent Cable Systems: Prior Experience Gives Tangent the Edge

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Quick Fiber Optic Terminations

One often needs a fast fiber optic termination.


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TIA and You

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is an industry organization with paying members from the communications/telecom industry. They develop minimal performance standards for cabling and related hardware and installation standards for the users/designers.


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