tThe First Step in Any IoT Project is Cable Readiness
Internet of Things ( IoT ) projects can be complex . The last thing you want to worry about is whether your cabling will be able to handle what you throw at it .
No matter if you ' re working on an intelligent building , smart manufacturing plant , asset / fleet tracking system or a similar project , your first step to success is making sure your cable plant is ready .
Let ’ s look at how to tackle this goal that will ensure the success of your next IoT project .
Understand what ’ s required from a network and cabling perspective
This may sound obvious , but the most important thing to understand from a cabling perspective is what you plan to connect from one end of the cabling to the next . Yet there are many things that must be considered . And this is especially true when working with IoT devices that can vary greatly in terms of what they require from the network . In general , IoT must address three key areas from a network cabling perspective : speed , power and distance . Speed has to do with the throughput and latency needs required by the IoT devices for them to function appropriately . Power is whether the IoT endpoints will be fed Power over Ethernet ( PoE ) cabling – and at what levels of output they require . Finally , distance refers to the maximum length of cabling that will need to be run to connect all components . u