Data Center Cabling Company Washington DC
Written by Stu Kushner

Strengthen Your Security With Structured Cabling – Part 1

Employees are one of the most important assets of every business. Ensuring their safety and security should be a priority for management. Security incidents are on the increase in the United States, and this is perhaps the most important reason why physical security should be strengthened at every facility.


Installing access controls and video surveillance will help protect your staff from intruders and assist in their prosecution should there be a security breach. Improved security will also make digital assets more secure. Physical theft of data is the most frequently used way of stealing an organization’s digital assets and credentials. Companies that do not effectively secure their premises are very vulnerable to a cybersecurity breach. The first step for improving security is installing structured cabling.


Structured cabling is a highly-organized and easy-to-maintain IT infrastructure that can be installed within a building or campus. As it is standardized, structured cabling can enable an organization to become more agile and secure. The following will discuss how structured cabling works with a company’s security systems.


Surveillance System


Nowadays most commercial surveillance systems utilize structured cabling. Coaxial cable has been the type of cabling typically used for surveillance systems, but newer systems are now utilizing UTP cables, which we will further discuss in Part 2. All security cameras and other surveillance devices are connected together, creating a unified network.


CCTV System


In the past, dedicated power cables were widely utilized for CCTV systems. This mode of providing power to CCTV cameras has been replaced by the use of cabling capable of providing Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cat5e rated cables and above are now used for transmitting signals to control CCTV cameras and receive their video feeds.


Access Control System


Structured cabling in also used for access control systems for businesses that require stringent security. Generally, a contained wire is run through the system, which is made up of all the individual wires required for specific functions. The cabling utilized in access control is typically a banana cable, which is yellow and easy to peel. The three devices that are generally connected through this specialized composite cable are the door contact sensor, electric lock, and exit component.


Part 2 will continue discussing how structured cabling works with security systems.


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.