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Green cabling efforts enhanced with proper media converters

By Donna Donnowitz
October 24, 2013

More businesses are investing in green cabling for a variety reasons. LEED approval, improving reputation and other reasons are all at the top of the list, and companies often forsake other improvements in order to go green. However, as the criteria for LEED certification and what it means to go green in general evolve, companies have considerable factors to keep in mind.

Approval regulations
According to Cabling Installation & Maintenance, the United States Green Building Council recently approved the LEED v4 rating system, an upgrade of the previous certification process. While applications filed under the previous version will be accepted until June 2015, the USGBC is migrating to v4 as quickly as possible.

"There are 46 countries and territories around the world and all 50 U.S. states represented in the voting pool for LEED v4," LEED Steering Committee chair Joel Ann Todd said. "The rating system must earn a significant percentage of the overall vote as well as a majority approval from each of the various LEED stakeholder groups. This ensures that rating system approval represents the full diversity of USGBC's membership."

Many firms are starting to upgrade not only their heating, electrical and building materials to meet green standards, but network infrastructure and audio/visual communications technology as well. This means higher demand for high-quality media converters and cabling solutions such as fiber optics. Sustainability remains a concern through any business investment, and firms are ensuring that they embrace these practice as regulations become standardized for this technology as well.

Technology infrastructure
The key to embracing green initiatives and making sustainability a sustainable effort itself is having the right technology in place that streamlines these efforts. High-quality fiber to Ethernet converters and related tools that help optimize networks and eliminate latency will be essential for success.

Fiber optics in particular is a popular solution for green infrastructure because it helps lower costs through reduced energy consumption and providing support for future changes as well.

"The high bandwidth and long link lengths supported by fiber networks enable LAN architectures that minimize the use of electronics - saving energy, reducing the materials needed, and creating a network with the bandwidth to support future applications," the TIA Fiber Optic Technology Consortium noted, according to the source.

Ultimately, green efforts should start including fiber optic converters and cabling to ensure sustainability and help further efforts so that they are compliant with not only current standards, but future ones as well.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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