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. 

On November 2, the United States Department of Agriculture announced a $2.5-billion investment in rural electric infrastructure improvements. These funds will be used to support improvements in 27 states, with the hope of creating jobs and supporting economic development.

Electrical contracting—and the electrical construction industry as a whole—may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of innovation.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

On Tuesday, Nov. 21, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to hold a vote for the repeal of the FCC's net neutrality rules on Dec. 14. Despite popular support of the FCC's net neutrality rules, the repeal is widely expected to pass.

A variety of carts and reel carriers are available to hold and transport wire reels.

From shipping and arrival of wire supplies through installation, efficiently managing electric wire on the job can be the difference between a profit or loss.


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Elevating Safely: Interfacing Fire Alarm Systems With Elevators

As I teach fire alarm seminars around the country, one of the greatest problem areas brought up is interfacing fire alarm systems with elevators. Elevator and fire inspectors do not enforce the same codes, and therein lies the problem.


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How Do I Deal With Change

Nineteen years ago, author Spencer Johnson wrote “Who Moved My Cheese?” This book features a fable about how to cope with change.



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That's Good Enough

We have all heard the phrase “That’s good enough for government work!” Whether said in jest, sarcasm or resignation, it implies you have done all you’re going to do, and the result will just have to suffice.


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Expanding Residential Networks
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For local area networks that do not require certification, qualification (or performance) testing is a less expensive option for contractors to test that an installation complies with component manufacturer standards and will perform to specifications.



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Intelligence At The Edge: Access Control and Greater Security Intelligence

There’s major disruption in the electronic access control systems (EACS) market. What was once a proprietary, closed technology sector within security has opened to align with the growing internet of things (IoT), data collection and analytics.


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Fluke Networks CableIQ qualification tester
Cool Tools: Qualification and Performance Testers

For local area networks that do not require certification, qualification (or performance) testing is a less expensive option for contractors to test that an installation complies with component manufacturer standards and will perform to specifications.


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