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. 

The new year is upon us. For electrical contractors that continue to add low-voltage security to their operations, there is a light shining brightly on what can really boost the overall future stability and profitability of a company, and that’s the category of video surveillance.


Regardless of the changes in our federal government this year, there is one thing we know for sure: we have a new NFPA 72 2016, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code from the National Fire Protection Association. Does that mean we should have started using the new code on Jan. 1?

The proliferation of alternative forms of lighting—for example, LED lamps—has been accelerated by the significantly limited sale of incandescent light lamps. In case you forgot, incandescents failed to meet the efficiency rules of the Energy Independence and Securities Act of 2007.

The application of fiber optics has been growing rapidly.

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Tracking All the Data: Data Center Infrastructure Management

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software enables data center operators to manage assets and changes, plan capacity, and monitor power, environment and energy usage.


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The Code Is A Tool

We all use tools and test equipment to perform our daily work. Sometimes, it’s a basic hand tool, such as a screwdriver. Sometimes, it’s more sophisticated.


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How Secure Is Your Security?

Are your low-voltage and security customers concerned over “hanging” security cameras on the enterprise network and opening it to potential vulnerabilities? Or are they looking at protecting other parts of their commercial facility that may be housing data and other privileged information?


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The Macrocosm Of Microgrids

TechRepublic.com reported in October 2014 that the United States has more electrical grid blackouts than any other developed nation and that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), demand for electricity has outpaced transmission rates by 25 percent every year since 1982.



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A Digital World of Options

As projects become more complex, electrical contractors need high-tech management methods to ensure more efficient results. Here are just a few examples to help you get headed in the right direction. 5pm


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Ultimate Broadband

For the last several months, I’ve been writing about uses for the dark fiber around the country and the world. Last month, I covered delivering broadband to communities, so the logical topic for this month is fiber to the home (FTTH) for broadband delivery. 



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An Emerging Trend

I see a trend in news headlines reporting the reduction of city budgets and personnel. Fire departments have especially become resource-challenged. However, the city officials still urge the fire department management to do more with less.


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