The light up ahead is an oncoming train. New demands are adding to the existing growth in security and safety. The burglar/fire alarm industry continues to grow, fueled by advancements in computing technology and Internet protocol (IP) devices, software, cellular and smartphones.
Cannon & Wendt Electric Co., Phoenix, has been in business since 1945. It launched the Cannon & Wendt Technologies division about a decade ago, according to Kerry Engmark, operations manager for the division.
Experienced low-voltage contractors know that there is more to taking an integration and wiring plan through to installation than just following a schematic—it is about marrying the theory of what the customer wants with the hands-on reality of how structured cabling fits into and supports a wider s
Facility automation systems are becoming more reliant on open protocols, enabling one infrastructure to send and receive information from previously separate and disparate systems, such as security; metering; asset tracking; heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC); and others.
While most of the talk about expanding broadband access for the American public has focused on rural customers, much of the activity is in metropolitan areas. Metro networks are expanding rapidly because they encompass many types of networks, not just broadband Internet.
Data center owners and managers are driven by one primary goal as they expand, construct or renovate the storage areas for their computer systems and associated components. Their goal is energy reduction.
For contractors who want to get into or expand their presence in low-voltage work, who better to learn from than contractors who have decades of experience in these kinds of projects? Two such contractors are Robert Ford, Ph.D., P.E., president of Robert Ford Electric Co.
Wireless has rapidly emerged as the predominant communication technology in the digital age. It has redefined the way we connect to the Internet, our devices and each other, giving an entirely new meaning to the concept of independence.
Nothing is sacred in the digital age. Innovation is the driving principle. The operating mindset is to strive for quality, speed and efficiency. Along those lines, it was only a matter of time before the Internet set its sights on the TV.
The hallmark of the cellular revolution is the ability to do so many things on the go. Smartphones have given an entirely new meaning to being mobile. In this sense, being mobile doesn’t just mean checking bank accounts or sending an email from a phone.
Let’s refresh our memory on the methods for choosing the correct codes and standards for an installation. With so many, it can be sometimes difficult to determine which requirements we must meet. In many states, there are conflicting codes. So where do you start?
These days, electrical contractors are moving downstream, getting more involved in low-voltage systems work. The trend makes sense, especially as such systems become more integrated with higher voltage systems.
BICSI’s healthcare subcommittee’s new document will offer increased detail on systems used in healthcare environments. Notably, it will showcase additional industry issues low-voltage contractors need to consider.
As an electrical contractor, you understand the need and use of power for all electrical appliances, but do you understand the specific power requirements, both primary and secondary, for all of the fire alarm systems outlined in NFPA 72 2010, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code?