Digital communication is more important than ever for your organization. You may not think too much about how your communication lines are set up or what’s going on “behind the scenes” when your Wi-Fi is running smoothly, security cameras are functioning, and your landlines are clear. However, as soon as there is a problem or you need to expand access, anything happening behind the scenes is brought into the light of day and if your cabling is tangled, unorganized, and chaotic, fixing the problem or increasing access turns into a drawn out, costly fix.
To help you understand exactly how structured cabling can benefit your organization, we’re breaking down exactly what it is, the benefits of it, and what it can mean for your organization.
What Is Structured Cabling?
Have you ever seen a home entertainment area where the router, a game console, Blu-Ray player, and television all have a snarl of cords and cables connecting everything? Then when something is not working properly, you have to dig through the mess to hunt down the right cables to see where the problem may be. That’s just a few devices, and trying to find what you need is a mess, right?
Now, imagine the hundreds or thousands of cables running through your entire office building, school, or church – all the phone lines from individual offices and workstations, cables for hardware peripherals, internet lines, sensors for fire alarms – if something goes wrong, and there’s no structure or organization, you’ve got a disaster on your hands. There’s no clue as to what cables lead to which devices or which ports provide access. Needless to say, adding into a disorganized mass of cables with new devices or expanding offices is even more difficult. Meanwhile, your business or organization is losing out on valuable productivity and communication and your network is overtaxed.
Structured cabling is what keeps your system organized and easy to maintain and grow. Think of it as the circulatory system of your building – instead of veins and arteries all carefully designed to carry platelets, plasma, and cells to specific parts of the body, structured cabling is the system which is carefully designed and organized to deliver data, communications, and connectivity to specific parts of your building.
How Can Structured Cabling Support Your Organization
Having a neatly laid out, professionally designed network of cabling offers several benefits, including:
- Reduced risk – A neat, organized system of cables means it’s easy to do updates and schedule maintenance as needed without risking a malfunction or loss of service within your security systems or alarm systems, A/V network, internet, or phone lines.
- Efficiency – When something does require a repair, relocation, or maintenance, trying to sort out a mess of wires slows down the work. Organization and structure minimizes downtime and gets things working correctly more quickly.
- Unified network – Having a structured cabling system creates a cohesive IT network that streamlines your platforms, minimizing updates and making maintenance easier and less expensive.
- Scalability – As your organization grows or you add on to your building, having the infrastructure in place that can support added cables and lines will save money and improve operations.
- Aesthetics – While most of your cables are ran between walls and through the ceilings to a data center, it’s still important to create a neat, tidy area. Plus, without a tangle of cords coming from every device, you can even minimize the risk of injury and tripping.
How Can Structured Cabling Support Your Organization
This method of organizing your network is ideal for any organization that relies on multiple forms of communication, has several connected offices or work spaces, or is trying to cover a large space. Specifically, structured cabling can help the following organizations:
- Churches – Ideal for connecting a large sound system and projection used during services, as well as maintaining phone lines across multiple offices and extensions.
- Government agencies – Setting up data centers in central locations makes it possible to keep all the computers, peripherals, and phone lines organized and easy to update, upgrade, and maintain, even in the largest agency buildings.
- Schools – A design for a school would include a neat layout for the computers in each class, plus alarm systems, phone lines, and an intercom system.
- Businesses and commercial spaces – As your business grows, your network can too by being able to patch in new computers, phone lines, and other tech you need to scale up.
- Sports complexes and event centers – To host concerts, sporting events, and other large attractions, structured cabling can tie in the lights, sound system and video screens, plus fire suppression systems, in addition to your internet and phone lines.
Contact Us for Structured Cabling System Installation
At Strategic Connections, we have a team of experienced designers, engineers, and technicians who can work with you to design and install the structured cabling system you need for your business or organization. With offices in Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and Myrtle Beach, we work throughout the state on both new construction and updating existing buildings. Call us today at (800)-255-5664 or fill out our contact form to learn more!