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Strategic cabling deployment an essential component in security systems

By Donna Donnawitz
August 19, 2013

Technological advances in the security sector have enabled many organizations to establish high-definition cameras, sensors and other sophisticated technologies as part of their property and facility protection plans. If you've ever had to work on a security system installation, you'll understand what I'm saying when I point out that installing the network systems needed to support these technologies can prove difficult. Advanced security systems can create a substantial amount of data, be spread out over significant distances and require incredibly consistent performance. The end result is a situation in which strategic cabling deployment is incredibly important.

Establishing effective security networks
According to a recent Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine report, installing network systems for security solutions has become so complex that many organizations have begun approaching the process with the same care that they apply to IT network installation. In fact, many companies began taking this kind of strategic approach to security network deployment years ago. For a while, IT professionals had to blunder through security network installations without many guidelines besides mandatory documents like fire codes. This changed in 2006 when the BICSI developed a standard that eventually evolved in the current ESS regulation.

Over time, the ESS has matured into an invaluable asset for IT professionals and engineers tasked with installing cables used to support security systems. The news source explained that, despite this success, the standard has not been used nearly enough across the industry. The problem is simple - it is not a mandatory regulation. Fire codes and other building standards are often mandatory, and working with engineers that are certified to install cables within those regulations can be expensive on its own. As a result, many businesses are unwilling to put the extra finances into hiring an ESS-certified technician. Efforts are being made to address this situation, as the ESS is widely regarded as an integral standard for security cabling systems.

Dealing with standards is not the only issue organizations must keep in mind when developing cabling systems for security setups. Companies must also navigate the need to use multiple cabling types. Fiber to Ethernet media converters can make this possible, and the functionality is extremely important. In many cases, security cabling deployment depend on fiber-optic cabling systems to connect distant cameras and sensors that copper would only be able to reach with extenders that could impact performance. As a result, interconnecting fiber and Ethernet systems can prove vital to success when establishing security networks.

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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