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Cabling refers to the process of equipping modern offices and retail environments with efficient and varied network connections. Cabling therefore incorporates computer cables, phone cables, and other device cables. Both inter-site and cross-floor cabling solutions exist, enabling faster data exchange and increased load times in large work environments.

Understanding Cabling

Modern offices and busy retail environments are reliant on efficient network cabling. Depending on the location of the business, an efficient setup may comprise ‘backbone’ cabling between sites, ‘horizontal’ cabling between floors and walls, and other network connections providing telecommunications and device connectivity throughout the workplace.

Understanding business cabling needs begins with developing a full understanding of several important factors, including:

  • In office data transfer needs
  • Business telecommunications requirements
  • Likely future expansion of business infrastructure

A free flowing and well designed cabling infrastructure presents flexible and scalable options in terms of meeting demand for data. This is seen as essential to the future of any business enterprise, as customer retention and business expansion are intrinsically linked to smooth and continuous access to data. Installing a robust cabling network therefore stands to benefit not just the business side but also the the client side.

Cabling - Planning a Modern Work Environment

A smart cabling layout is regarded as a vital step in planning a professional and modern working environment. In order to make the best possible use of the available space (in terms of running concealed cables as directly as possible), the cabling plan may take many existing physical features into consideration.

Cable planning may include making use of:

  • Floor and wall cavities
  • Position of on site junction boxes
  • Power supply - locations and number of available wall sockets

Why Consider Professional Cabling Solutions?

Taking advice from cabling professionals can help to identify current and future problematic cabling issues. This means that the correct setup can be put in place from the outset, which in turn enables proficient data sharing whilst also minimising any associated disruption to workflow where cabling expansion is required.

Expert cable planning includes:

  • Appropriate choice of materials (e.g. fibre or copper).
  • Safety issues are addressed, reducing the risk of electrical hazards and tripping.
  • Designing the cabling network from the patch panel. This ensures a neat and documented cable network that allows for easy alterations as required.

Health & Safety Compliance

Aside from the obvious tripping hazards associated with loose cabling, there may be other very real dangers that could result in injury where the correct health and safety provisions are not in place. These include:

  • Blocked or obstructed air vents
  • Blocked or obstructed fire exits (or obstruction to fire fighting equipment)
  • Overheating of equipment where mass cabling is wrapped around hardware devices

 

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