A Weak Cable Backbone Can Paralyze a Project

A Weak Cable Backbone Can Paralyze a Project

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Collaborative Efforts to Facilitate Intelligent Buildings

So what can we look forward to in the short-term future of infrastructure? There are several trends emerging in the converged marketplace today, one of which is the collaboration.

“We see the collaborative model on the Internet today with things like Linux and Wikipedia,” says Comm-Scope’s Cowley. These systems are open for contributions from anyone out there with relevant knowledge. “Being able to tie systems together brings value,” he adds.

Let’s look at a hospital as an example. The typical hospital can have up to 46 different low-voltage systems, from security to medical imaging. Each of these is often designed with its own infrastructure, installed by separate integrators. This is an ideal place for the collaborative model.

Imagine a single infrastructure that could support all systems running at full performance. One piece of this puzzle would be a “universal” jack, a port on the wall or in the ceiling where any kind of device could be connected and immediately recognized.

Whether it is a camera via balun, an IP camera, card reader, PC, switch or router, any device would be identified and, as long as it had permission, gain access to the network.

That capability is here today. For example, CommScope’s iPatch product monitors every port, looking at each one with a unique ID. It knows which device is a camera and which is a user’s computer. If someone disconnects a camera from the port and
attempts to connect a computer to hack into the network, the iPatch can send a notification to the connected switch and have it disable that port. It can also send an alert to administrators and users.

This is just one example. As IP convergence moves forward, customers will realize more value for their infrastructure investment. The idea is to make that installed cable plant as scalable and useable for as many things as possible to get the most bang for the buck.


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