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The cabling, wiring and infrastructure used to tie assorted security systems together is essential in optimizing functionality. So why are these crucial factors oftentimes poorly executed, even disregarded?…


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The cabling, wiring and infrastructure used to tie assorted security systems together is essential in optimizing functionality. So why are these crucial factors oftentimes poorly executed, even disregarded? Learn best practices that address proper cable management for rack-based systems, and the importance of facilitating efficiency, aesthetics and easy servicing. By Jay Franetovich · September 25, 2014

comCables of Denver, releases a Category 6A cabling product line including: Bulk Cable, Patch Cables, Keystone Jacks, Patch Panels and a Rapid Punch Tool (RPT). SSI Staff · October 13, 2013

Quality control assurances for any security or fire/life-safety project must include the use of code compliant cable. It is incumbent upon installing contractors not to fall prey to inferior or counterfeit products ... April 21, 2011

Everywhere I go instructors, educators and fire authorities seem intent on having cable pullers remove all unused wire in retrofit situations. I got to thinking, “Wonder if one day an inspector tells one of my own installers to remove some unused cable without any regard to the building owner. What will happen if he had plans to use it sometime in the future?” March 22, 2011

More and more of our projects involve networked systems and associated devices, and that inevitably includes cabling. And, as the price differential between the various category-rated cables diminishes, we are finding the temptation to provide the highest level of category rating possible throughout projects, whether or not it makes sense. If CAT5 is good, and CAT5e is better, isn’t CAT6 best? Shouldn’t we just play it safe and use it everywhere? Not necessarily ... Bob Grossman · January 04, 2011

One of the most important components of any IP network is also the one that is most overlooked - the cabling. Without proper cable, and cable installation, the network just won't function right. December 31, 2009

Driving a Ferrari is exhilarating — unless you happen to be on a dirt road. Whether it’s a sophisticated automobile or wired security device, both will fail miserably if not provided a suitable pathway. For the latter, it’s key to know the technologies and standards. September 30, 2009

ADT Security Services and two subcontractors took on an IP-based video surveillance solution at a new $27 million rail transit parking facility in Irvine, Calif. Under a tight deadline, a supremely coordinated effort was necessary to overcome obstacles before achieving success. By Rodney Bosch · August 31, 2009

Today's technicians are faced with many choices when it comes to routing and securing system cabling. Should the cable go in a raceway or conduit, be surface mounted, and if so, how should that cable be properly secured? Knowing the best technique and hardware for accomplishing cable management can be a time- and money-saver for any installation company. June 30, 2009

In years past alarm technicians operated under the assumption that combination burglar/fire alarm panels were not allowed on commercial fire jobs. One reason is that many ... November 30, 2008


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