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Cable Plant Design and Implementation

Starting with a detailed Assessment and Planning draft, our engineers and consultants plan and design a cable plant management system that will allow businesses to cost-effectively plan, install and manage the complex cable and fiber infrastructure required by today's networks. Our senior consultants understand the high cost of physical plant change and implementation, and the challenges of effectively maintaining that physical plant for our customers.

Accera Group’s consultants’ broad experience in design and implementation can assist your business in deciding the best investment of IT resources into a new infrastructure. Designs are consistent with today's business needs, characteristics, and requirements. Along with the information transfer needs of modern companies, Accera’s solution incorporates organizational layout, facility modifications, installation progress reports, solution testing and certifications, start-up & check out, and onsite support services.

What is Cable Plant Management?

Cable plant management is the design, documentation, and management of the lowest layer of the OSI network model - the physical layer. The physical layer is the foundation of any network, whether it is data, voice, video or alarms. It defines the physical media upon which signals or data are transmitted through the network.

Approximately 70% of any network is composed of passive devices such as cables, cross-connect blocks and patch panels. Documenting these network components is critical to keeping a network finely tuned. The physical medium can be copper cable (e.g., cat 5), coaxial cable, optical fiber (e.g., single or multimode), wireless or satellite cabling. The physical layer defines the specifics of implementing a particular transmission medium. It defines the type of cable, frequency, terminations, etc. The physical layer is relatively static; most change in the network occurs at the higher levels in the OSI model.

Key components of the cable plant include the entrance facility, equipment room, backbone cable, backbone pathway, telecommunication room, and horizontal distribution system.

Entrance Facility

The service entrance is the point at which the network service cables enter or leave a building. It includes the penetration through the building wall and continues to the entrance facility. The entrance facility can house both public and private network service cables. The entrance facility provides the means for terminating the backbone cable. The entrance facility generally includes electrical protection, grounding, and the demarcation point.

Equipment Room

The equipment room serves the entire building and contains the network interfaces, uninterruptible power supplies, computing equipment (e.g., servers, shared peripheral devices and storage devices) and telecommunication equipment (e.g., PBX). It may be combined with the entrance facility.

Backbone Distribution System

A backbone distribution system provides connection between entrance facilities, equipment rooms and telecommunication rooms. In a multi-floor building the backbone distribution system is composed of the cabling and pathways between floors and between multiple telecommunication rooms. In a campus environment the backbone distribution system is composed of the cabling and pathways between buildings.

Telecommunication Room

The telecommunication room (TR) typically serves the needs of a floor. The TR provides space for network equipment and cable terminations (e.g., cross-connect blocks and patch panels). It serves as the main cross-connect between the backbone cabling and the horizontal distribution system.

Horizontal Distribution System

The horizontal distribution system distributes the signals from the telecommunication room to the apartments/rooms or offices. The horizontal distribution system consists of:
       Cross-connecting blocks
       Patch panels
       Connecting hardware
       Pathways (supporting structures, such as cable trays, conduits and hangers which support the cables from the telecommunication room to the work

Why Document Your Cable Plant?

Your network is one of your company's most valuable assets. It's the central nervous system of your organization – and it grows along with your network management problems. Your challenge is to harness the power of exploding technology and make it work for you. Every minute spent tracking data, reconfiguring your cable plant or searching for the source of a problem means loss of time and productivity—and loss of profit. Cable plant documentation software can help maintain the integrity of your network by tracking the continuity through equipment, patch cords, cross-connects, connectors, cables, and outlets. It encompasses the design and maintenance of the cable plant. Cable plant documentation can be an ally against the ravages of system downtime, giving you the power to configure your cable plant so you have fewer network problems.

Cable Plant Documentation Can:

        Reduce the time it takes to modify the original installation.
        Minimize network downtime.
        Increase the life of a cabling plant.
        Reduce the number of technicians needed to handle problems.

Let us work with you to develop a Network Management system you can use to manage all of your cable plant, including all the connectivity, connectors, pathways, and device relationships, to truly visualize and understand your network's infrastructure. To get started today, just give us a call.