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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Dressed in Overalls

In my everyday work with contractors installing fire alarm systems, I do not find many people who can honestly say they have read NFPA 72 2013, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, at least once.


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Cool Tools: Fiber Tool Kits

The days of predominately copper structured wiring are long past. Technicians are installing a growing amount of fiber optic cable in surveillance, alarm and control systems.


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A Sprinkle Of This, A Dab Of That

Low Voltage Contractors, Minneapolis, opened its doors in 1982 and specialized in design/build low-voltage work from the start. It focused on fire alarm installations.



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Time To Adjust

In June 2015, NFPA members met to hear arguments on motions to change the technical committee actions on a number of codes and standards, including the 2016 NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.


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Keep the Security

The smart home, Connected technologies, Lifestyle services: No matter how you slice it, if you can enhance and automate the lives of residential customers, you’ll be in a good place for more business.



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Think Smart!

A few decades ago, the term “smart home” was regarded as science fiction and used to describe automation that few homes actually used.


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Creating A Commodity

Selecting an Internet protocol (IP) camera can be mind-boggling. Do you need 4K, one of the highest resolutions available? What about storage? Does the camera save with the super-efficient H.264 compression algorithm, or can you store on SD memory cards?



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