Bringing everything together
A new network emerges with multiple services can be running on the same infrastructure
Convergence is considerable changing the face of enterprise networking.
Today, building automation system (BAS) services including audio/video, energy management, LED lighting, security, digital signage, fire and safety systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) can all be run over the same structured cabling network that also supports voice, data and wireless access point (WAP) connections.
‘The list of services converging onto a single unified cabling infrastructure is growing, thus a flexible, high performance cabling infrastructure is required,” says Narender Vasandani, technical manager MECA at Siemon.
Remote powering via PoE is a recognised benefit of these converged networks, Vasandani adds, whereby both DC power and Ethernet data are delivered over the copper balanced twisted-pair cabling infrastructure to IP-enabled devices.
Vasandani says Siemon has long been an advocate of integrated systems over a single unified cabling solution and was recently named an enabler partner in the Cisco Digital Ceiling partner community. The Cisco Digital Ceiling accelerates digital transformation and extends the benefits of the IoT throughout facilities by converging multiple building networks—lighting, heating and cooling, IP video, IoT sensors and much more—through a secure and intelligent network platform.
A key part of the Digital Ceiling includes systems and devices that are powered by network switches using PoE, including PoE-powered LED lights with sensors that can help lower energy costs by up to 85 percent.
Aligned with the Digital Ceiling, Siemon’s ConvergeIT cabling solutions for intelligent buildings include a variety of cable, connectivity and zone cabling components designed to deliver reliable PoE and maximum flexibility in today’s smart buildings.
To support increasing density and bandwidth in the data centre, Siemon’s WheelHouse Advanced Data Centre Solutions includes copper and fibre cable and connectivity, cabinets, cable management, cooling and power distribution solutions designed to improve reliability, performance and scalability while enhancing manageability and increasing efficiency for any size and type of data centre.
“WheelHouse Advanced Data Centre Solutions also includes Siemon’s data centre design services that provide data centres customers 2D and 3D layouts, bills of material, thermal analysis, pathway and space planning, and expert guidance on standards compliance, topologies and architectures to help them effectively transmit and store the growing amount of data,” Vasandani explains.
Part of the WheelHouse Advanced Data Centre Solutions, Siemon’s wide range of copper and fibre optic cabling solutions support today’s standard-based application speeds from 10 Mb/s to 100 Gb/s, Vasandani says.
This includes Siemon’s fully shielded TERA end-to-end cabling solution, a high-performance twisted-pair copper cabling system. Providing bandwidth of 1.2 GHz per pair, TERA delivers network speeds of 10 Gb/s and beyond, exceeding ISO/IEC category 7A/class FA specifications. Siemon is also developing an ISO/IEC class II cabling solution to support future 25 Gb/s (25GBASE-T) and 40 Gb/s (40GBASE-T) implementations in data centre switch-to-server applications. This system will be constructed from TERA connectors and a new category 8.2 cable verified to 2000 MHz.