Structured Cabling , Progressive Office Cabling
Written by Stu Kushner

How Structured Cabling Supports Security Systems – Part 1

Employees are one of the most important assets of a business. Keeping them safe should be a priority as the world has become more dangerous. The number of mass shootings has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Management should secure offices and take measures to prevent security threats to protect their staff.

An initial step is the installation of access controls and video surveillance, which will help prevent crime and aid in prosecution. However, physical security is not only about the safety of employees. It also helps secure your facility’s equipment and property, including digital assets. Unfortunately, physical data breaches are still common and are one of the favorite techniques used by cybercriminals for stealing sensitive information.

A strong IT infrastructure is required by modern security solutions for supporting advanced features like analytics, automation, and video storage. The framework needed is structured cabling, and the following will discuss how it would support a new or upgraded security system.


Modern security systems are IP-based, utilizing an Internet network for transmitting data to various computers and control panels. These configurations are much simpler to install and manage due to using fewer cables than previous systems. A legacy system will typically need more wires for individual purposes, which will make a system more complex while taking longer to install.

It is likely your facility has various types of structured cabling, which can be an IP system, an older coaxial network, or a combination of the two. Numerous cables are shielded, featuring an additional metal-insulator wrapped around the transmission wires to decrease electromagnetic interference (EMI).

Security systems typically feature access control readers and locks, data servers, and surveillance cameras, and your network will require the structured cabling that supports them. This hardware will be connected to your facility’s IT infrastructure and needs to be compatible with all network devices required.

Part 2 will discuss Advanced Video Surveillance, Leveraged Power over Ethernet (PoE), and Fully Integrated Access Control.

Progressive Office Cabling

Founded in 1986, Progressive Office’s success has been a direct result of years of commitment to seeking cost-effective solutions. Working together, Progressive teams are committed to getting your data cabling, access control, and telecom systems installed and operating while minimizing disruption and downtime. Call our toll-free number (800) 614-4560 today.

About Stu Kushner

Stu Kushner earned an Engineering Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. From there he worked at Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Hexcel Corporation and Case-Rixon as a computer design engineer and systems manager. He now works as the marketing director and project manager here at Progressive Office since its founding in 1986.