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. 

SunTrust Park is home to Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. With more than 1,350 Wi-Fi access points, 30 LED displays and a 64-by-121-foot centerfield video board, the owners tout it as one of the most technologically advanced in the league.


I often receive data files recorded from power quality monitors to analyze the reason a piece of equipment experienced an event. This analysis is followed by determining the cause and who is to blame.

If you buy a new car in 2040, there’s a better than 50/50 chance it will be powered by electricity rather than gas.

Electronic access control is one of the most proprietary technologies (beside fire alarms) with the largest installed base of legacy equipment in the physical security industry.

More on Systems

 
A Complex Problem: Fiber Optics Solve Alternative-Energy Challenges

As I discussed last month, one of the most complicated problems electrical utilities face is integrating alternative-energy sources into the traditional grid.


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Grid Intelligence

State by state, communities, utilities and businesses in the United States are testing, planning and building systems aimed at modernizing the nation’s grid. In the past two years, the process has accelerated.


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Beyond the Tech: The EC's Role in Changing Security

Attacks on the general public across the globe continue to mount, but they are not solely terrorist based. Low-tech improvised assaults and attacks are increasingly carried out by individuals or small groups.


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Maintenance With Intelligence: The IoT Keeps Everything Connected

Aging buildings and sensor-based technology developments are creating unique opportunities for contractors and integrators to help building managers track the health of their facilities, the efficiency of the equipment and their usage of space.



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Parts, Smarts And Labor

Certified Multi-Media Solutions, Farmingdale, N.Y., is a low-voltage contractor that has been in business since 2005.


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Who Moved Your Cheese? The Evolving World Of Testing

Throughout my career, I have found contractors that attempt to perform fire alarm system installations by the seat of their pants. A contractor typically has grown up in the industry with some valuable training resources.


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Fluke Networks' DSX-8000 cable analyzer and accessories
Cool Tools: Renting Testers

Structured wiring technicians carry their own tools for everyday work, but the companies that employ them often find it practical and economical to rent high-end network-testing equipment. Specialty rental companies carry broad selections of network and electrical testers.



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