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Siemon unveils new guides on smart buildings design

October 5, 2020
real estate

Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, has announced a series of new application guides specifically developed to help customers optimise the design, performance and administration of converged applications in intelligent buildings.

Amongst these newly-created educational tools is an audio-visual (AV) guide, a Wi-Fi guide, a security guide and a distributed antenna systems (DAS) guide.

In intelligent buildings, applications including AV, Wi-Fi, lighting, security and building automation systems, are increasingly utilising an IP-based platform which requires correct design, installation and administration for optimal operation of these integrated systems, said a statement from Siemon.

The new guides provide detailed information on key design, media selection and deployment strategies to achieve a robust, scalable and standards compliant network infrastructure that is prepared to support these systems throughout the building.

The guides have been specifically developed for all designers, consultants, end users and installers involved in the intelligent buildings sector, it stated.

Director for the Middle East, Africa and India/SAARC Prem Rodrigues said high-performance cables and connectivity were paramount in building a network that supports converged applications in smart buildings.

'When planning the IT infrastructure, network speed and reliability are critically important as well as superior support of remote power delivery to a wide range of connected building system and devices,' he explained.

According to him, Category 6A shielded and category 7A cabling are best suited to support the high bandwidth requirements of applications such as HD and Ultra HD video and they also deliver the 10Gb/s Ethernet performance required to support the latest Wi-Fi 6 wireless access points.

With many applications now receiving power over the network via Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology, shielded cabling also provides superior support for remote powering applications such as Power over HDBaseT (PoH), he stated.

Shielded cables offer improved heat dissipation to reduce heat build-up within cable bundles when delivering remote power which can lead to performance degradation over time, he added.

According to Rodrigues, Siemon has long been an expert in and advocate for integrated systems over a single unified cabling infrastructure.

'We are excited to introduce this new series of guides to support all those involved in the design of intelligent building infrastructures that need to deliver optimum support for a wide range of converged applications, now and in the future,' he added.

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