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. 

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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.


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.

Tech disruption can be a scary phrase. It can feel too fast, too soon. Break through the anxiety, however, and technology can ease and improve processes and performance. For the electrical contractor, maybe the time is ripe for a little disruption.


Fluke Networks CableIQ qualification tester

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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Myths of Fiber Optics
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Assessing the Home Network Opportunity
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The concept of home networking has attracted growing interest over recent months. However, as with most "hot topics" that capture the general media's imagination, the real market opportunity can only be gauged by applying equal doses of optimism and skepticism.


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Contractors Need Training to Succeed in VDV
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For many electrical contractors, the voice/data/video (VDV) market is a frightening new world, because it is possible to install low-voltage systems incorrectly. However, the profits and opportunities open to competent installers are persuading many to enter the market.


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Partnering with V/D/V Suppliers
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Supplier relationships can contribute greatly to the success of an electrical contracting firm's voice/data/video (V/D/V) market entry.


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A Common-sense Approach to Futureproofing Your Local Area Network
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Businesses today thrive and grow based on their ability to link employees, customers, suppliers, and distributors in local area networks (LANs).


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