As we discussed digital buildings and their benefits in our previous post, we now have to take a look at the demand they put on a cabling infrastructure. A properly designed, high-performance cabling infrastructure is what brings these digital buildings to life. All of the data is circulating throughout the category cabling and allows the systems to communicate. If the systems aren’t communicating properly, it can lead to a variety of issues.
Let’s take a look at the demands on a digital building’s structured cabling system.
There is a possibility that upgrading a structured cabling system will result in a higher number of cables in order to support a digital building. This will depend on the building’s current network infrastructure set up. To avoid using additional cables, some will chose to use a smaller-diameter cable to save space and for faster and easier installation.
Higher Power Levels
Outdated cabling infrastructure will not be able to support a digital building’s power level. PoE allows data and power to be safely transmitted over a single standard network cable. This then allows wireless access points, cameras, etc, to be deployed anywhere in the building. As digital buildings keep getting smarter and more complex, the power they require will also keep increasing.
As more power is running through these outdated network cables, their internal temperature can increase significantly. This can cause an increase in insertion loss and a chance for unplanned downtime throughout the building’s network. In addition, cables packed too tightly in trays can cause even more heat throughout the cabling system – which can lead to many costly issues.
In addition to the number of systems communicating through the digital building’s network, more and more people are connecting to it with their tablets, phones, and computers. If a building doesn’t have enough bandwidth, it will cause connectivity issues and slow down the network. This is common in sports stadiums as thousands of people are connecting with their devices.
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