In an increasingly connected workplace, the architecture of today’s telecommunications cabling is quickly evolving. Networks designed to support a handful of workstation-based applications must now support a litany of distributed devices, which may include Wi-Fi, security, access control, space and energy management, and lighting.
IT and Facilities managers must consider new strategies for creating a cabling infrastructure that is flexible, robust and cost efficient. One of the most promising approaches involves the use of the Universal Connectivity Grid (UCG) based on the zone cabling concept.
UCG is an evolved approach to horizontal zone cabling— dividing the usable floor space into a grid of evenly sized service areas, or cells. Horizontal cabling winds its way from the telecommunications room (TR) to a consolidation point located within each cell. The consolidation point supports the various system devices within its cell.
Once in place, the infrastructure provides a flexible pipeline that can handle changes, growth and upgrades cost-effectively and well into the future.
The figure shows the use of a consolidation point to provide connectivity to each cell in the grid.
Find more detailed information on the Universal Connectivity Grid, and how you can put it to work for you with the SP7700 Cabling for Intelligent Buildings course.