In the quest for greater energy efficiency, the focus on buildings intensifies. This concentrated awareness is understandable as residential and nonresidential buildings account for a large portion of society’s total energy consumption.
Backup power is critical for almost all, if not all, facilities. Design of a backup generator system and its capacity depends on the purpose of a business or facility. Hospitals need a complete backup in the event of a power outage; the lives of patients can depend on it.
As a contractor, you bid on numerous fire alarm system projects based on plans and specifications developed by an engineer. You assume the engineer has discussed such things as quality and reliability with the owner because the specifications focus on those issues.
Many electrical contractors (ECs) view the energy services market as mature with little potential for repeat business. This is especially true for energy conservation and efficiency projects that involve either a particular system component upgrade or an entire system replacement.
With today’s increasingly complex security systems, many organizations are still using technology from multiple manufacturers that often cannot communicate. Physical security information management (PSIM) software can offer a solution.
Like many engineering disciplines, the fire protection world is built on tradition. And while tradition provides stability and uniformity, it also explains why the fire protection community has moved toward new technology applications at glacial speed.
In the early days of fiber optics, the biggest complaint was about the difficulty of installing connectors. You had to mix epoxy and inject it into the connector. Then you had to let the adhesive cure overnight or use a bulky curing oven.
While some contractors start out doing traditional work and then expand into low-voltage, others actually begin in low-voltage work and stick with it.
Advent Systems, Elmhurst, Ill., employs more than 100 people in Chicago, Dallas, and Little Rock, Ark.
With the increased mobility of both people and assets, today’s security needs are different than they were a decade ago. Mobile communications keep people connected to their data and security systems in real-time, while physical security devices are using wireless technology to operate.
The commercial construction market, in general, remains anemic, with one exception: data centers. Not only are we all buying more data-transmitting smart-phones, tablets, web-connected televisions—and, yes, even PCs—we also are moving data from our own hard drives to remote “cloud” servers.
The captain of Road Prison 36 in “Cool Hand Luke,” played by Strother Martin, said the line that appears as the title of this article. Here, it leads to a discussion on the art and science of designing an effective communications system.
No specific market numbers apply to the cable and wire used to install and integrate security and life safety products, according to Maricha Ellis, business manager, security solutions for Belden Inc., St. Louis.
The November Integrated Building Systems column covered the basic business and planning requirements for systems integration. Now, let’s kick it up a notch and review connectivity infrastructure. (Note: part 1 is here.)