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. 

Technology is changing so fast these days that we could almost call this a “technology invasion.” Sometimes, it seems the technology and systems needed to accomplish the work changes in the time between one project ending and another project going out to bid.

Planning


As with any project, a communications cabling project requires comprehensive management. Project management for cabling or related networks is best understood when broken into five subtopics:
 Planning, Design, Installation, Testing and Operation.

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After what seemed like an eternity for those of us working on the various power quality working groups and task forces of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society, a number of standards have been completed.

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Efficient electric energy storage (EES) has always been both technically challenging and expensive, like capturing lightning in a bottle.

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Catch A Cloud And Pin It Down
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While traditional security measures—such as firewalls, antivirus programs and vulnerability assessments—are important in the cloud, additional considerations must be taken to secure these dynamic and rapidly changing environments, according to Eric Chiu, president and cofounder of HyTrust, Mountain

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Intelligent Transportation Systems
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The drive to use technology to improve productivity and efficiency is not limited to factories and offices, nor just to improving energy conservation and gas mileage.

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Taking The Long View
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As part of the growing trend to mitigate the environmental effects of energy consumption and production, sustainable energy planning is increasingly being implemented to develop long-range policies that will help guide the future of a local, regional or the national energy system.


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Home Security Technology In The Digital Age
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On a similar plane, the evolution of digital technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, from the work environment to the home, from professional to personal.

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Have I Got A Deal For You!
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Reading through the websites and marketing Material of the major power quality instrument manufacturers in the hopes of figuring out which power quality monitor to buy can leave one feeling confused, frustrated and wondering which way to turn.

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Disaster Strikes
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Despite the threat of disasters, many people fail to develop emergency plans. It often takes experiencing a disaster to recognize the need for a contingency plan, but electrical contractors can suggest such plans to their customers before calamity strikes.


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Fight the Power: Notification Appliances
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I receive questions and stories about installer experiences with code-compliant fire alarm systems in the field, many relating to issues about the use, application and installation requirements of visible and audible notification appliances.

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