Today, our buildings are getting “smarter.” Additional demands on the network are driving the need for more efficiency along with additional demands like:
As this explosion shows no sign of abating, how are
you going to manage all of this? How to keep up with simply documenting all
this connectivity? Well, what if your structured cabling was smart too?
CLICK TO TWEET: Visibility into the smart building structured cabling network and the knowledge of the end devices connected to the network is essential.
The projected increase of IoT devices within the smart building and the
applications and services connections associated with these devices will
require advanced monitoring and tracking. Many of these IoT devices are PoE capable.
Since this gives the ability to connect and power simultaneously using a single
copper cable, many building owners and tenants are finding this beneficial
because access to AC power outlets and cabling are not required. Twisted-pair
category cabling is the delivery mechanism for both data and power-to-the-end
Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM) continues to gain traction because it brings simplicity to all of
this increasing complexity. The SYSTIMAX imVision solution is an AIM system with integrated hardware and software that is
compliant with ISO/IEC 18598 and ANSI/TIA-5048 standards. imVision tracks and
documents connectivity at the physical layer with alarm notifications,
providing real-time visibility of any unauthorized or accidental changes.
Helping to make our networks smarter, faster, and more efficient,
CommScope recently enhanced imVision System Manager with a series of PoE
features (System Manager v7.4). imVision is now able to provide unique standards-based management of
cable bundle sizes, which has become increasingly important as higher power PoE
standards are being developed. Tracking and tracing which ports and outlets are
PoE enabled is now possible. CommScope recently hosted a webinar on this topic
alongside Cisco (see replay here).
Visibility into the smart building structured cabling network and the
knowledge of the end devices connected to the network is essential. Documenting
connectivity using spreadsheets and manual tools is laborious and prone to
human error. The consequences of outages caused by human error nowadays can be
catastrophic. You don’t want your building to outsmart
your network so as the building gets smarter and smarter, your network needs to
become more intelligent.