November 20, 2012
Panduit Delivers Enterprise Solutions to Enable the Connected Building
By Susan J. Campbell
TMCnet Contributing Editor
The communications structure within the enterprise tends to be managed from the Telecommunications Room (TR), which once served as the housing for lower level switching and patching. Today, the TR is readily enabling the integration of building automation systems within the enterprise network. As a result, all network physical connectivity can be conducted in a secure environment.
today include the deployment of decentralized equipment hubs and the TR is becoming the prime location for the storage of active equipment. As a result, IT managers are able to shift the workload from the data center to the TR, enabling floor-level network control while also avoiding potential bottlenecks when processing in the data center.
A recent Panduit white paper
takes a closer look at the company’s Connected Building Solution, one that enables converged application deployment throughout the enterprise through the extension of both non-IP and IP-based network devices within the corporate building
. Building systems then become a true business asset, one that enables developers and owners the ability to reduce costs and enhance the workplace experience.
To achieve the scalable, flexible solution that is able to accommodate all physical connectivity among management servers and controllers and across building systems, a number of key strategies for enterprise solutions can be put in place, including leveraging Power over Ethernet
(PoE); converging enterprise networks and building automated systems within common pathways; and deployment of zone architecture.
Panduit’s enterprise solutions deliver the physical platform necessary for the deployment of scalable, secure and interoperable building automation systems
for the entire enterprise. Systems extend from the TR and the data center, over the last mile to include IP-enabled endpoints. These endpoints can include access controls, climate controls, energy management, surveillance cameras, AV devices, wireless communications and even fire/safety controls.
Traditional building control systems can easily interact and coexist with IP-based technologies, especially when open protocols are available. Not all building systems are equipped with the enterprise solutions to enable native IP capabilities, yet all non-native IP systems do have a logical migration path available for connecting to the IP network. This connection and integration allows owners to optimize assets and manage future risk.
Panduit provides the integrated enterprise solutions necessary to reduce the cost of the IP network, while also enabling the more efficient management of data for a strategic approach to decision making. A complete solution includes cabinets, racks, cable managers, enclosures and a full line of grounding and bonding products to ensure the safety of equipment assets in the TR. With turnkey, end-to-end systems, all fundamental components necessary for vital network transmission are readily available.
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Edited by Stefanie Mosca