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Written by Stu Kushner

Why Smart Offices Use Zone Cabling Architecture — Part 1

In order to support the modern workforce’s demands, open floor plans and collaborative areas are now typical features of today’s offices. In addition, the trend to efficient and connected offices has led to the introduction of new technologies, and cabling infrastructure has had to evolve. The following discusses zone cabling architecture, which is capable of supporting both existing and future solutions in smart offices.

Increasing Role of IP-based Devices

IP connectivity was formerly only for LANs (local area networks), but today’s offices are now implementing novel IP-based applications. Starting 10 years ago with WiFi access points, IP phones, and on-premises wireless, this movement has expanded into numerous solutions, including A/V systems, automation and access control systems for buildings, HVAC control, security cameras, smart lighting, and security cameras.

This transformation now provides an opening for modifying the cabling approach for the above systems. Structured cabling systems for IP traffic were typically distributed from telecommunications areas to patch panels, then to horizontal cables connecting to Ethernet ports or various other IP devices. Every connected device was equipped with Ethernet cable of custom length. In addition, technicians utilized coaxial or twisted pair cabling for connecting A/V equipment, HVAC units, and other systems. This often resulted in a collection of wires that made MACs (moves, additions, and changes) difficult.

Zone Cabling for Offices

Since there has been a convergence around the IP standard, management of buildings and facilities should redesign cabling systems, emphasizing Cat6a or higher Ethernet cable in order to support newer devices and technologies.

An approach gaining growing traction is zone cabling. This structured cabling approach runs cabling from the telecommunications area to consolidation points inside the ceiling within a building’s designated zones.

Through the pre-cabling of an office space with consolidation points, network designers can connect each system or device in every zone with ease and flexibility. Benefits of this approach include simplifying infrastructure, easing maintenance, and lowering expenses.

Part 2 will discuss Keeping Pace with Newer Technologies and Change Supported by Infrastructure.

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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.

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