In a previous blog, my colleague Matias
Peluffo addressed the question,
“Is the wireless office the new paperless office?”
He concluded that the paperless office is not quite paperless, and the wireless
office is not quite wireless.
Contrary to popular belief, wired (i.e., balanced
copper cabling) and wireless technologies are actually
complementary. Wi-Fi technology requires balanced copper
cabling to provide remote power using Power-over-Ethernet technology and
backhaul data from the switches to the wireless access points. Similarly,
digital distributed antenna systems such as ION-E and small
cell systems like OneCell, require
balanced copper cabling to provide data and remote power from the switches to
the remote radio units.
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Every building must
meet several basic requirements such as security, public safety, ventilation,
lighting, health and comfort. Although wireless technologies have been touted
for some building automation systems (BAS), their adoption rate in commercial
buildings is still low due to security concerns especially among the building insurers.
Hence many of the BAS applications still require balanced copper cabling to
provide data --and sometimes remote power-- from
the controllers to the field devices such as actuators and fan coil units.
With the growing proliferation of networked
sensors and the building Internet of Things (BIoTs) to support existing and newer
additional balanced copper cabling will be required to provide data and remote
power connectivity to these devices. Many of these devices will be located up
in the ceiling space.
To support both
wired and wireless technologies, network infrastructure designers must adopt an
integrated approach such as the CommScope Universal Connectivity Grid to design, plan and deploy
the infrastructure. This approach will provide maximum flexibility and return
on investment as well as
lower operation costs.
of voice, data, video, wireless and BAS under one uniform network infrastructure
is often referred to as the ‘fourth utility’ concept and one golden rule must always be followed for the
concept to be successful: the planning and design stage must occur at the very
beginning and not as an after-thought. That’s why balanced copper cabling is
still core to any commercial building horizontal cabling network.