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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An arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) is an advanced circuit breaker that, as a way to reduce electrical fire threats, breaks the circuit when it detects a dangerous electric arc in the circuit that it protects.

What we have been installing in buildings and data centers for years that could be a lethal element for a terrorist attack?

In the changing dynamic of energy resources, efficiency is playing a vital role. Even if political support for efficiency diminishes, its importance to the future of energy remains.

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Data Center Blackouts Are Still Prevalent and Getting Costlier

An increasingly connected world means that power outages of any kind are becoming more costly. For data center and IT managers, the consequences of such outages are even more significant. Unfortunately, the risk of outages doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.


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Colorado Community Getting Smart City Makeover


Pena Station, once a rail station south of Denver International Airport, is on track to become one of the most futuristic smart cities in the nation, due to a recent decision by Japan-based Panasonic to move its Enterprise Solutions Division headquarters there.


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Design For Living: Fiber Optic Network Design


Last month, I discussed the growing pains I have seen in fiber optics. Some of the problems have been issues with incompetent subcontractors, but poor network design seems to cause just as many issues. Why is that?



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Phasing in Intelligence

As building intelligence becomes a mainstream demand in small to mid-sized buildings and companies, contractors must find ways to offer solutions without crippling startup investments.


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The 24/7 Power Era: Making Secondary Power Primary


Everything came to a sudden halt for JetBlue on Jan. 14, 2016. Its website crashed. Passengers became irate. Long lines formed. Some 200 flights were delayed. This nightmare began when JetBlue’s data center lost power and did not have a responsive backup network.


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Franklin & Marshall College Poses a Challenge for Lighting Update

Updating a lighting system to improve energy efficiency seems like a no brainer. The facilities in the space will be improved, and it saves the owner money. What could be the problem with that?


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Swiss Scientists Warming Up With Stored Heat

Imagine storing summer heat. Renewable energy has always been about the art of the possible, turning the obvious and plentiful into a reliable source of clean fuel. If the wind, waves and even the almighty sun can be harnessed for generation, almost anything else can be captured, too.


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