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Now Is the Time to Safeguard Structured Cabling Systems

Over the past several weeks, we have written extensively about the growing body of evidence that is showing why proactive, preventative actions will help safeguard the data cables that support PoE applications. The cabling industry will serve its customers best by keeping pace with change. As IoT and connected buildings continue to evolve to “smart buildings,” structured cabling also must evolve to “smart cabling.”

Will Legislative Changes Fix the Real Problem of Data Cables Overheating?

Did you know the origins of the NEC can be traced back to the 1893 World’s Fair, where controversy over Thomas Edison’s DC current prompted local authorities to begin discussing safety procedures? Flash forward 127 years to today; man’s use of electricity has taken quantum leaps forward. If he were alive, Edison probably would be astonished at the progress.

IEEE Compliance in a PoE World

Those of us who work in the structured cabling industry know that once a network is active, administrators are unable to continuously measure DC resistance unbalance without impairing the Ethernet transmission. But what if you could measure and monitor real-time DC resistance unbalance on an active PoE link, without impairing transmission? NFLEXON is working on a solution.
The fact is, it is becoming more critical to not only test DC resistance unbalance but also to monitor it once Powered Devices (PDs) are turned up.

The Network Cabling Challenge: NEC Compliance in the World of IoT Devices and PoE

To say that we are living in an interconnected world is putting it mildly. Everywhere the number of network devices is multiplying at an astonishing pace – from motion sensors and Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting in smart buildings to LED streetlights and cameras in smart cities. At the heart of this lies the intersection of IoT devices and PoE technology, which is creating new challenges for compliance.