Fiber Internet, Progressive Office Cabling
Written by Stu Kushner

Why Solid Cabling Is Important for Our Schools – Part 1

Structural cabling installations, including those for educational facilities, are expected to have service lives of at least ten years. The following will discuss why cabling systems for educational facilities are critical with several factors to consider.

Demand for High Quality Internet


Today’s schools are filled with students using smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers in classrooms. Moreover, there has been a significant increase in the use of cloud-based applications and storage. In order to efficiently handle all of the above, schools need solid cabling infrastructure.


Providing fast and reliable internet throughout a school will encourage student engagement for applications that may require higher bandwidth such as streaming video and online video calls. In addition, staff members require a strong and dependable connection as web conferencing is growing in usage.


Stronger Security


Educational facilities also require expertly installed structured cabling for security reasons. School security can involve computer monitoring, CCTV cameras, and server security. Solid cabling infrastructure will let various departments monitor and detect issues as soon as possible, allowing staff to address problems swiftly.


Newer Technology


Parents expect their children to be provided reliable connectivity, especially as they enter high school, to maximize their educational experience. A portion of their curriculum will be devoted to career and skill development, and this will often require online video conferencing with people in other locations.


Technology is constantly evolving, and it is crucial that students are exposed to emerging solutions in engineering and the sciences. Although it is a challenge to stay current with the latest tech advances, this effort is worthwhile because students who are up to date will have a competitive advantage.


Older cables often do not have the capability to handle newer technology, so an upgrade for your school may be needed.


Special Requirements


Technology is increasingly used to assist in the development of students with disabilities. Solutions are being constantly developed that allow disabled students to act more independently. For example, software and devices are now available that let students who are unable to hold a pen write by using only their voices. Technology gives students with special requirements the opportunity to grow like other students, and properly installed cabling infrastructure helps make this possible.


Part 2 will discuss Common Cabling Hardware and How Solid Cabling Supports Teaching.


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.