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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: COST – Is there a premium for a pre-terminated solution?

The short answer is no.  Pre-terminated or factory built solutions result in more of your investment in product but significantly less in the labour.  The labour reduction is up to 75%.  When looking at the overall installed cost the result is equal too or less cost when measured against traditional point to point cabling.  This fact can be verified both by satisfied clients but also independent cost consultants.

Q: Leading edge or bleeding edge – Is this a new technology or proven in the market?

Cabling industry standards changed in 2002 to allow for pre-terminated cabling and the use of consolidation points.  The RapidNet solution has been deployed globally over the past 12 years.  In Canada alone more than 2 million square feet has RapidNet successful installed.

Q: Project Savings – How does the deployment of plug and play solutions benefit the projects?

The simple answer is reduced time on site.  Time is invested and pre-configuration of plug and play solutions allowing the time for installation to be reduced massively.  The larger the project the more time saved.  Any PM or GC will validate that time saved on site equals cost savings. These relate to deconflicting trades, reduced management time, design flexibility for project change and reduced overheads.

Q: Convergence – Is this myth or fact?

Twisted pair cabling and RJ45 connectors have een the standard for over 15 years.  The category cabling whether 5, 5E or 6 are performance developments but all to a standard.  These standards ensure the delivery of voice, data and audio visual signaling.  Cabling has been truly converged solution for many years. 

Q: Wireless – Will wireless replace the physical cabling?

Wireless is and will always be a complimentary medium alongside hard wired cabling.  Access points require cabling to the LAN room.  Audio visual and meeting room solutions are now wireless but still require physical connections to the LAN room.  The demand on network throughput dictates that a physical cabling solution is required for any enterprise.  Wireless is complimentary to the cabling but certainly not an alternative.

Q: Division 16 Electrical – When designing and implementing my I.T. cabling strategy should this sit with electrical?

With the advent of high performance networks and specialized design considerations, the old Divison 16 electrical was broken up to separate the two disciplines (now division 26 & 27).  Data cabling or more correctly referred to as Structured Cabling is the domain of specialist companies with accredited designers and specialist installation crews.  BICSI and the TIA are the leading industry authorities who establish both the standards and education requirements for compliance.

Q: Consolidation points – Is this allowed in the standards and is it considered a break-point?

The consolidation point became standard in 2002.  Born out of frustration by large companies seeing no return or zero flexibility in cabling systems.  The consolidation point was introduced to support flexible environments.  While there is a design consideration, the CP is 100% standards compliant and widely used throughout the industry.  The CP has been used not only as a pre-terminated solution but also site manufactured.  Both solutions are standards compliant, whereas the pre-term will save money, the site constructed version is more costly.

Q: Conduit and Wall Type – Can I install a pre-terminated solution if I have conduit and/or dry wall construction?

While highly complementary to modular office construction pre-terminated systems have been successfully installed to traditional office construction with all of the same benefits.  The RapidNet cabling system was designed using standards compliant product but packaged for ease and speed of deployment.  The pre-terminated solution can easily be installed regardless of cable tray, conduit, modular walls, modular furniture or standard dry wall environments.

Q: Sound-masking – White noise versus pink noise, what has changed?

Traditional sound masking systems generated what was quickly termed white noise and generally turned off.  Sound masking has moved from the analogue world to digital.  Digital means solid state processors requiring zero maintenance.  Processors that once set remain constant and can now be addressed and adjusted over the network.  The sound quality is equally enhanced to create the pink noise environment.  Pink noise can be summarized as rich in quality, variable and flexible with zone distribution.  In short sound masking has evolved to become a true asset to the workspace.

Q: Green – does plug and play really mean sustainable?

The plug and play as the words suggest is about ease of deployment and flexibility in configuration. A true plug and play solution is 100% sustainable.  When we use sustainable we mean 100% reusable with flexibility in the system to allow for the asset to be reused.

Q: Flexible Environments – How does Plug and Play Infrastructure complement modular offices and construction?

With the trend toward prefabricated and modular solutions the ‘picture’ cannot be truly achieved without maintaining the same level of modularity in the services infrastructure.  Modular I.T. solutions are the last mile in the provision of truly flexible workspaces.  An investment in an architectural or prefabricated wall would be compromised with point to point cabling anchoring that asset.  RapidNet allows for that asset to be moved without having to pay for the cabling again.  Plug and Play is truly complementary.

Q: What about AV – How do we free up AV assets in a flexible environment?

2014 was the drop dead date for the move from analogue AV to digital.  Now the AV is in the digital (IP) arena standard I.T. network delivery, many more solutions have been brought to the market.  Wireless capability in particular has freed up the AV assets with meeting rooms and collaboration spaces now truly flexible.

If you have a question please ask and submit to info@pccgroup.ca, thank you for your interest.