Technology is a double-edged sword. On one hand,
there’s the explosive growth in the network systems integrated into the
enterprise LAN. Add in the ubiquitous use of smartphones and mobile apps, and
you’ve got quite a challenge in terms of managing and protecting the connected
On the other hand, the diversity of connected devices
and systems gives us more tools than ever when it comes to safeguarding lives
and property. In an emergency, in-building wireless enables those who are
trapped or endangered to call for help; security cameras can identify and
locate intruders; and environmental sensors alert building occupants at the
first signs of fire.
Yes, technology has created some challenges. But, when
you really think about it, there’s no question that safeguarding lives is more
important than improving productivity. If you can’t protect your employees and
visitors, nothing else matters—which brings us to the importance of your
Depending on how you look at it, your physical layer
infrastructure is your first or last line of defense during an emergency. From
the structured cabling network to the multiple connected systems—like
in-building wireless, building security and lighting—virtually every aspect of
your building’s physical layer infrastructure plays a role in protecting lives
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Start with your in-building wireless network. Outdoor macro networks often have
difficulty penetrating buildings. Getting a reliable connection—especially in
places like elevators, basements and parking garages—may well depend on a
reliable in-building wireless solution. In addition to public mobile traffic,
these systems are increasingly expected to support dedicated public safety
frequencies used by first responders.
Then there is the wide variety of devices that are
connected throughout the enterprise and critical to minimizing damage in an
emergency. These include video surveillance cameras, fire alarms and smoke
detection sensors, access security controls, low-voltage lighting fixtures and
more. All these systems rely on a very resilient cabling infrastructure—one
that can both help prevent a crisis from erupting and minimize the damage
should an emergency develop.
There are several
steps you can take to help improve your network’s resiliency. For example, by
supporting your connected devices with PoE or a powered fiber cabling system,
you can help ensure critical security systems (including in-building wireless
networks) remain operational even if you lose main power.
Just as PoE and powered fiber networks ensure power
continuity, the fire rating of your network cable helps ensure connected
systems remain operational for as long as possible. Therefore, it is critical
that all infrastructure cabling meet or exceed minimum fire safety ratings.
These can vary significantly by location, so it is important to consult the
local authority having jurisdiction.
These are just a few of the areas to consider when it comes to improving
the resiliency of your infrastructure—and safeguarding the people and assets
within your buildings. For a deeper dive into the subject, take a look at this great CommScope