Ask any electrical contractor—fire alarm installations are on the upswing. Much of the need in the marketplace is driven by codes or the need to update an aging building infrastructure with new fire protection technologies. Your goal, of course, is the all important certificate of occupancy.
Wire and cable management is part business management BUSINESS MANAGEMENT INVOLVES DIRECTION and manipulation of the company’s resources—including human, financial, material or intellectual properties.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) voted to amend NFPA 10 and NFPA 72 to include electronic monitoring in lieu of mandatory physical 30-day inspections. The ruling went into effect at the beginning of September.
As defined and discussed in the web-based Wikipedia “competence is a standardized requirement for an individual to properly perform a specific job. It encompasses a combination of knowledge, skills and behavior utilized to improve performance.
Rule number one in any voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) installation is to make sure the network is capable of handling the technology. That may sound obvious, but it is, surprisingly, sometimes overlooked.
Relax. Fire alarm panels are intuitive, multifunctional labor saving devices that allow custom programming and the ability to tailor the equipment to the facility. Electrical contractors can just hit the button with the advanced options fire alarm controls offer.
Having the right tools makes any job easier. As any electrician entering the field learns, he or she must have the right tools to perform electrical work efficiently. This same rule applies to installing a fire alarm system.
It’s the information transport systems or cabling that makes data, voice and video come to life. Throw it in and go is not an option. Everything must be planned and tailored to the application and that goes for the type of wire and cable deployed.
An important consideration for any “green” building is its electric power supply. Commercial buildings currently consume more than one-third of the total electric energy produced in the United States. The U.S.
It is no secret that voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) has had problems regarding emergency service. Users’ exact locations are not always known, causing 911 calls to be transferred to the incorrect dispatcher. Many users were unaware that when they dialed 911, it would not always work.
Contractors who have developed their fire alarm system maintenance and testing business and specialize in the retrofit markets have already seen the financial benefits associated with these specialized businesses.
Most contractors opt out of networking projects when terms, such as “network security,” “firewall” and “software,” start getting thrown around. But, that may not be the best move to make, as network security is a niche market where contractors could easily profit.
“We can’t occupy our building?” This is not a question that an experienced electrician wants to hear. But, I am sure many of you have heard that question directly or worked for a project manager who has.