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Using a Universal Connectivity Grid for More Flexible and Cost-Efficient Cabling

How to enable cost-efficient cabling 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 […]

Infrastructure 3 May 2017

Understand the Passive Infrastructure That Underpins Your Network

By 2020, IoT predictions expect that between 20-30 billion devices will be connecting to networks. For anyone who works with passive network infrastructure (cables, connectors, antennas, panels, shelves or frames), this is huge news, presenting substantial opportunities for career growth, knowledge acquisition and training.   What is Passive Infrastructure? Passive infrastructure… Transmission media… Physical layer… […]

Infrastructure 28 April 2017

What is Latency in a Network Infrastructure?

What is Latency? Latency is a time delay between a stimulation and its response. It is caused by velocity limitations in a physical system. In simplest terms, latency is the time it takes for a signal to travel (or propagate) from point A to point B. In telecommunications, latency describes the time delay of a […]

Infrastructure 5 April 2017

A Guide to BIM (Building Information Modeling) Standards and COBie

Outlining the U.S. National BIM Standards (NBIMS-US™) In the U.S., the national BIM standard (NBIMS-US™) was published by the buildingSMART alliance® (a council of the U.S. National Institute of Building Sciences) at the end of 2007. Since then, it has undergone several revisions. The finalized NBIMS-US™ V3 was released in July 2015. NBIMS-US™ is supported […]

Infrastructure 25 January 2017

What Are The Applications of BIM (Building Information Modeling) Models

What do BIM Models Currently Cover? At the moment, BIM models cover the following areas: Architectural Structural Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Each discipline creates a BIM model, and all models are integrated into a composite master model. As more and more business and building applications (such as voice, data, video, wireless and building control services) operate […]

Infrastructure 18 January 2017

What is Building Information Modeling (BIM)

What is BIM? BIM is a business process for generating, leveraging and managing building data to design, construct and operate the building during its lifecycle. It covers geometry, spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components, project management, and post-construction facilities management. BIM uses 3D, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to […]

Infrastructure 11 January 2017

7 Benefits of Patch-by-Exception

From operational and cost savings to advantages in manageability, security, and aesthetics, Patch-by-Exception delivers a range of benefits as a structured cabling solution. Below we explore 7 additional areas that benefit from PBE. 7 Patch-by-Exception Benefits Added Security In PBE, all active equipment can be safely locked away in cabinets, as cabling technicians do not […]

Enterprise Infrastructure 4 January 2017

Structured Cabling Solutions – PBE: Moves, Adds and Changes

Patch-by-Exception (PBE) offers multiple advantages as a structured cabling solution, from cost and operational benefits to installation, administration and maintenance advantages. Additionally, PBE presents advantages when it comes to moves, adds and changes. Patch-by-Exception and Moves, Adds and Changes We’ve previously explored what PBE is, and how it works when it comes to disconnection modules. […]

Enterprise Infrastructure 21 December 2016

Understanding The Cost and Operational Benefits of Patch-by-Exception

The Cost and Operational Benefits of Patch-by-Exception As we have previously explored, Patch-by-Exception is an alternative cabling solution that offers multiple benefits; from improved performance, to better manageability, security, and aesthetics. However, PBE also presents cost and operational advantages, which we will explore below. The Cost Benefits of Patch-by-Exception PBE design not only provides industry-leading […]

Enterprise Infrastructure 14 December 2016

What Is Patch-by-Exception and Why Do We Need It?

Patch-by-Exception For engineers looking for an easy, inexpensive yet high performing cabling alternative, Patch-by-Exception offers a solid solution. Helping to save time and money while improving performance, manageability, security and aesthetics, we explore what Patch-by-Exception is, and the need behind its use. Why We Need Patch-by-Exception The most common method of installing communications cabling systems […]

Enterprise Infrastructure 9 December 2016