Financial institutions, bank branches, and a variety of other lending organizations generally have one thing in common—money. And, that money sometimes has to be protected from unscrupulous persons who might want to grab what’s not legally theirs.
Finally! Structured wiring has come home to America.
Anticipating this increasingly attractive market, electrical contractor Tom Lowry made the move full swing into residential structured wiring systems.
February’s “Code Question of the Month” column addressed overcurrent device installation in clothes closets. The questions were: (1) May service equipment (overcurrent devices in a panelboard) be installed in a walk-in clothes closet?
There are a number of encouraging signs indicating a rising demand for fire alarm panels in commercial and industrial buildings. Local, state, and federal building codes are the primary drivers, but the recent U.S. economy has not hurt either.
Unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling is solidifying its position as the most common medium for bringing data and telephone connections to the desktop. Having taken the voice and data worlds by storm, the popularity of UTP is expanding into the world of low-quality video.
Wireless products are in the mainstream. Wireless, hands-free, and remote control capabilities are a way of life—one consumers know and expect. Early launches into wireless were faulty. Wireless systems got a bad rap and were thought to be unreliable and false-alarm prone.
There’s so much happening in the low-voltage and security industry. Consolidation among manufacturers continues, bringing with it a technological revolution and yielding some of the most sophisticated equipment ever.
How do contractors stay current with the latest security products? They could use a search engine and scour Web pages for hours on end. Or, better yet, they get hands-on knowlege by combing the exhibits at an International Security Conference & Exposition.
Wireless and hardwired sensors interfaced to a single control. Access control that reads magnetic stripe, proximity, and biometrics. Fire alarm systems capable of communicating with multiple points or devices on a single pair of wire. It's the here and now of security and low-voltage systems.