Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 10 - Page 73

INTELLIGENT BRANDS // Cabling POWERED BY Siemon demonstrates advantages of plug terminated link technology ///////////////////////////// S iemon, a global network infrastructure expert, has created a new video to demonstrate how plug terminated link technology speeds up the deployment of IP- based and PoE-enabled devices in intelligent buildings, while cutting costs and increasing security and performance. Using high-end graphics, the new video takes the viewer on a virtual tour through an intelligent building to illustrate how more building devices are connected to the intelligent building cabling infrastructure, traditionally via work area outlets and double-ended patch cords. By delivering a close-up view behind the walls and ceilings, the video goes on to demonstrate how IP and PoE-enabled devices including PoE lighting, security cameras, wireless access points and building automation controls can be deployed much more rapidly using plug-terminated links. Plug terminated link technology enables high-performance links to connect directly to end devices making network boxes, outlets and patch cords obsolete, saving on material and labour costs. These links can be terminated on site to enable custom-length direct connections to these devices. Further benefits include improved performance and more efficient power delivery to end devices, as well as improved security for devices like surveillance cameras. Also showcased in the video is Siemon’s new Z-PLUG field-terminated plug which offers an innovative approach to connecting IP-enabled IoT and smart building devices. Z-PLUG was developed specifically to deliver custom-length cables that can be terminated on site for quick direct connections to PoE LED lights, security cameras, wireless access points, digital displays, distributed antenna systems (DAS), building automation controls and more. Advanced design features including rounded corners, the short plug body and the ability to be terminated without the boot, make Z-PLUG ideal for connecting devices with shallow spaces like cameras and access points. The video uses animation and a step-by-step guide to clearly demonstrate how Z-PLUG can be terminated in the field quickly and reliably using shielded, unshielded, solid or stranded cables and Siemon’s Z-PLUG termination tool that ensures repeatable performance. “We are seeing a real shift in how many of today’s buildings are being developed as we see a myriad of IP-based and PoE-enabled devices being connected to a building’s network much more rapidly,” said Lee Funnell, Siemon’s Technical Manager for Europe, Russia and Africa. “Our new Z-PLUG field-terminated plug, which exceeds all category 6A performance requirements and supports advanced power over Ethernet, has been designed to easily facilitate custom-length direct connections to these devices and this video shows clearly how Z-PLUG achieves that.” n INTELLIGENTCIO 73