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. 

Another year has passed, and we have nothing revolutionary to report about fiber optic technology—no instant-on connectors, dirt-cheap lasers or simple solutions to installation problems.

When a potential client calls on you to provide a fire alarm system, do you assume the design responsibility? If so, what resources do you use?


Never before in the electronic security industry has change been so profound. As hardware and boxes moved onto the network, they have morphed into intelligent, connected products.

Contractors that are still putting estimates together using pencil and paper are not only wasting time and money, but they also are losing business. Contractors who think they can’t afford estimating software are just plain wrong.

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The Business Of Security
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In April 2014, access control technology and security service provider Matrix Systems Inc., Miamisburg, Ohio, launched a technology division named Frontier.

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Do No Harm
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Fixing or mitigating the problem of equipment malfunction or misoperation due to incompatible power supply isn’t much more complicated than diagnosing the power quality problem.

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Smart Storage
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While battery innovators have continued to tweak their products’ chemistries in search of the perfect, safe and affordable companion to rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels, a number of energy-storage entrepreneurs have made an end-run around this technology conundrum.

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Planning

From Start To Finish
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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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What's New In Standards Land?
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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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Capturing Lightning In A Bottle
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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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It's A Process!
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Providing fire alarm system design services can prove troublesome for some contractors.

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