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. 

When it comes to systems integration, intrusion detectors and sensors are the ties that bind.

As I have described in the previous few columns, splicing fibers is fairly easy. If the installer cleans and cleaves the fibers properly, the machine does the rest. However, the installer’s job is not over at that point.


Industrial firms and contractors stand to benefit from emerging innovations in remote-monitoring technology.

When people send in data from a power quality monitor to be reviewed, some common questions include “Is my site normal?” and “Does this data look OK to operate my facility?” Such questions usually get the same ambiguous answer: “It depends.” The quality of electric power as supplied and how much is

More on Systems

 
Time To Adjust

In June 2015, NFPA members met to hear arguments on motions to change the technical committee actions on a number of codes and standards, including the 2016 NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.


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Keep the Security

The smart home, Connected technologies, Lifestyle services: No matter how you slice it, if you can enhance and automate the lives of residential customers, you’ll be in a good place for more business.



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Into The Mainstream

All of those millions of miles of dark fiber are primarily expected to deliver broadband connections. The Internet continues to grow unabated, and bandwidth must be expanded to accommodate that growth. 



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Beyond Home

Sometimes called the third wave of the Internet, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the next technology megatrend.


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The 'Real' Answer

There is an old saying that liars figure and figures lie, which implies that the truth can be a challenge to discern from both people and data. At a recent standards-making conference, I encountered some examples of this concept that seemed worth sharing.



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Don't Think Rip And Replace

For electrical contractors with a low-voltage or security division—or for any company involved in physical security and surveillance—keeping pace with new technology is one of the greatest challenges.


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Despite The Code Mandate

When I entered the business, I “sold” fire alarm systems. Codes at the time had begun to require that such systems be installed in some occupancies.


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