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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. 

Back in the early 1980s, when I first began working on standards committees for fiber optics, it was under the auspices of the Electronics Industry Association before they merged with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and turned the work over to them.

Outdoor video security is tricky for security specifications because variables, such as topography, weather and lighting, can affect accuracy and catch performance.

BW Systems is a systems integrator capable of providing turnkey solutions anywhere in the United States. Based in Colorado with 38 employees, it provides assessment, systems engineering and design, installation, and maintenance.

As I teach fire alarm seminars around the country, one of the greatest problem areas brought up is interfacing fire alarm systems with elevators. Elevator and fire inspectors do not enforce the same codes, and therein lies the problem.

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On July 12, hundreds of companies and organizations will participate in the Day of Action for Net Neutrality. The event has the support of internet giants such as Amazon and Netflix as well as civil organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).


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Electric Utility Customer Satisfaction Rises for Sixth Consecutive Year

As energy technology continues to evolve, residential customers are becoming more content with the service they receive from electric utilities. The 2017 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, released by J.D.


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Security As An Experience

Although security has been necessary to protect people and property for decades, it is now considered part of the holistic experience with factors such as connectivity, convenience and integration with other systems.



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Avoid The Easy Way Out: Fire Alarm System Retrofits


Renovating commercial buildings that require fire alarm system updates presents many challenges. First, the upgrade that is designed and installed must comply with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The challenge comes from determining which edition should be followed.


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Cool Tools: Certification Testers

Commercial datacom networks must be certified that they are correctly installed and meet industry performance standards. That makes certification testers a basic tool for installers, and manufacturers must plan ahead to have test instruments available as standards change.


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Room Service: Hotels Gain Operational Efficiency Using Automation

Automation systems have served a variety of benefits to five-star hotels over the past decade. Recently, moderately priced hotels have adopted the technology.


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