Data Cabling, Progressive Office Cabling
Written by Stu Kushner

Why Structured Cabling is Essential for Educational Facilities – Part 1

Schools of the 21st century are now driven by rapidly evolving technology. Today’s classrooms have rapidly rising demands for bandwidth to support current and future data and video requirements. The past few years have seen tremendous growth of distance learning and on-demand educational materials.


The installation of structured cabling in schools will help provide students a deeper and more diverse educational experience. Improved infrastructure will increase IT network performance, increasing the speed, efficiency, and range of teachers and administrators in delivering curriculum.


Basics of Structured Cabling


A system of cabling and associated equipment, structured cabling provides an IT network and telecommunications infrastructure. Serving various functions, this infrastructure transmits data and communications via a computer network.


The cabling industry’s technical requirements and processes are based on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which works with TIA/EIA on documenting standards and practices. On a regular basis, ANSI updates and publishes standards that provide guidance to professionals for designing, installing, and maintaining cabling installations properly.


Benefits From ANSI Standards


Below is a list of the benefits from the implementation of ANSI standards and performing best practices recommended.


  • Conformed technical requirements for cabling and wiring
  • Design and installation consistency
  • Foundation for reviewing and evaluating expansions and changes
  • Uniform labeling and documentation practices


Overview of Educational Facility Installation


Technological innovations are fundamentally transforming modern education, and they are altering many aspects of learning. At every level of education, from pre-kindergarten to the university level, educators are working with technical companies to develop solutions that make learning experiences fully interactive. This technology will eventually become commonplace and educational facilities will need to have the IT infrastructure able to meet their technical requirements.


Cabling professionals will need to seamlessly integrate data communications, both wired and wireless, with audio/video technologies. Being able to perform this well will require being knowledgeable about available pathways and the function of each area within an educational facility. This knowledge will be applicable beyond data communications and VoIP (voice over internet phone) implementation. It will also be applicable to systems overseeing access control, building automation, environmental, lighting, mass, communication, security, and more.


Part 2 will discuss Types of Cabling Installations and Available Applications.


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.