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. 

Once a technician has spliced a fiber optic cable, he or she must test the splice to verify it is strong and has low loss. The technician must add the test data to the documentation for future reference and present it to the cable plant owner to verify the installation has been done correctly.


Tenant space in Denver’s Alliance Center is designed for solar DC-to-DC power.

The future of energy efficiency may be more than saving energy. It may also be efficient energy capture, storage and delivery. Technologists, engineers and some forward-thinking manufacturers are working to set a bigger table for direct current (DC), and one effort may be all-encompassing.

Energy consumer demand for distributed-energy resources (DER) is growing for a number of reasons—unexpected utility power outages, planned rolling blackouts, power quality problems, increases in power costs, etc.


The 2016 Profile of the Electrical Contractor reveals how electrical contractors see the industry changing and how they intend to adapt. Change occurs in the fire alarm and communications world as well. As you know, keeping up with these changes can prove difficult. 


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Effective Deployment: Network infrastructure update

Physical security technology infrastructure is critical to successful specification.


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Staying Trendy

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” In this quote, Wayne Gretzky makes an important point.


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An Alternative Approach: Wireless fire alarms

In today’s world, wireless is our life. Your mobile phone and tablet operate on either a cell signal or Wi-Fi. We connect our computers using Wi-Fi most of the time, in our homes and offices and when we travel.


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Doing What's Right

Too often, contractors seem to assume that only Article 760 of NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC), applies to fire alarm installations. I have witnessed many jobs where this has been the case. In fact, other NEC sections also apply.


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Don't Be Left Behind: How to diversify and future-proof your company


What does security’s future hold? How can electrical contractors position their security and low-voltage divisions to embrace current technology, while proactively addressing customers’ future needs?


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Success Through Efficiency

When small companies promote their businesses, they often mention that their size makes them more efficient. One electrical contractor that would take exception to that claim is Santa Clara, Calif.-based Redwood City Electric.


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High-Speed Copper

For data centers that still use copper, Category 8 (Cat 8) cabling promises to quadruple speed to 40 gigabits. Cat 8 could operate at a bandwidth frequency of 2 gigahertz.


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