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Industry Standards Help System Designers, Installers, Integrators

May 16, 2016

Industry Standards Help System Designers, Installers, Integrators

Standards are used in most industries and govern a diverse range of things including protocols, designs and materials. Standards are implemented to make things easier for a specific industry. Industry Standards used in telecom industry govern its protocols, designs, and materials which help systems designers, manufacturers, installers in their work that ultimately helps end users.

In the cabling industry, things might seem complex and frustrate some if one looks at the numerous regional cabling standards, applications standards and unofficial guidelines. All of these will influence the design and usage of cabling systems.

The sheer volume of documentation seems to negate the intention of standards to make life easier for all involved, including systems designers, manufacturers, installers and ultimately end users.

The standards applicable to the structured cabling industry does however fit together logically. The regional cabling standards bodies of CENELEC (Europe), TIA (North America) and ISO/IEC (global) are for example driven by common applications standards in the ANSI T.11 (Fibre Channel) and IEEE Ethernet.

These groups fortunately liaise continuously to try and make that standards across different regions as consistent as possible.

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3 comments

  • This article sounds a lot like what I’ve seen when planning audio visual room layouts, whether it’s audio visual room space requirements, audio visual room design standards, or a list of structured cabling components. It seems like all our technology is competing with each other for space, especially when it comes to wired devices. If that’s not complicated enough, you have to make sure everything is wired with the right connectors, etc. Fortunately, there are structured cabling system tutorials AND structured cabling system design PDF’s to help plan ahead. I’m just glad there’s all this help available.

    Ray Dawson on
  • I was talking with a friend who knows I’m into tech and asked me about the various ways you can make your cell phone work better. I told her there are cell phone boosters and DAS systems, both which help you get clear calls, no dropped calls, etc., but explained they each work best under certain conditions. She thought I was Einstein explaining this LOL. Anyways, I’m glad I read this because I have another anecdote to dazzle her with. I doubt if she knows there are cabling standards when it comes to things like doing DAS design and installation. It might sound like off-the-wall pillow talk, but who am I to say anything?

    Paulie Wilkins on
  • You talk about the proverbial can of worms. With cell phone networks spanning not only the country, but the globe, it makes sense to have an industry standard for anything related to them, whether it be software to help route calls, cables to use when installing DAS designs, and microcables (mentioned elsewhere on this site). What kind of impact is there when there are conflicting standards? I’m glad there are pros to turn to for this stuff.

    Edward S. Gable on

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