Structured cabling is the foundation of a successful Intelligent Building Network and the basic investment on which all other network equipment depends.

Question: What are the standards for Structured Cabling?

The central standard that specifies a generic telecommunications cabling system to support a multi-product, multi-vendor environment is the ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A, "Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standard." This standard was developed and approved by committees of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the Electronics Industry Association (EIA).These committees are composed of representatives from various manufacturers, distributors and customers in the networking industry. The ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A standard establishes performance and technical criteria for various system configurations and components.

Question: Why do I need it?

If communications of any medium is of importance to you, then it is the very foundation of your business. If you want to protect your organization for future years to come, a solid, structured cabling system, built to handle future applications, is your best insurance policy. With offices and distribution facilities serving every major market throughout the world, Universal Voice / Data is a true operation that can deliver on our promise to provide the best network cabling solutions on the market today.

Structured cabling is designed to run anything, anywhere, at any time. Structured cabling eliminates the need to follow one vendor's rules concerning cable types, connectors, distances or topology. It allows for the installation of cabling in a facility once and the adapting of that cabling for any application-from telephone to an Ethernet or Token Ring local area network (LAN) or an emerging technology like ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode).

A flexible cabling plant is made possible with standards adopted by both the cable plant manufacturers and by the electronic manufacturers. If an end-user also follows these same standards, then any application, cable, connector or electronic device built for compliance will work in the same system.
Computer Technology changes it seems almost every single day and is ever more difficult to keep up with. A system purchased today, renders it "outdated" by tomorrows standards. The life span of a pc is 3 years or less before new operating systems, software and the innovations of hardware set their state to "non-efficient". Switches, Routers and Wireless devices are only as good as the medium that connects them to servers and the internet. In the every changing network environment, an efficient structured cabling core is a must. It is the building block from which to start a reliable network.

Question: We have 2 buildings, or an "outside" plant. Can we incorporate these 2 locations within a centralized network?

Outside Plant Protection, Splicing, and Support. These are three key elements of a campus-wide outside plant network. The term "outside plant" refers to the physical portion of the network that is located outside of company buildings. You're outside plant network links your employee's to the world, and we offer a comprehensive selection of products to be utilized between the employee premise demarcation point and the central office.
Designing and installing your infrastructure as a single, logically interconnected system provides demonstrated economic and performance benefits. Our approach eliminates duplication in materials and labor, optimizes your building space through the use of shared pathways, and reduces compatibility issues that can delay installation and sacrifice performance. Our design team and project managers work directly with you making sure that every detail is to your satisfaction, whether it be the color of the face plates you would like, where to run cable trays, or even the way the racks face in a room. We will do it right the first time.
If you're contemplating a network design, we'll help you meet today's needs while providing for the future. After evaluating current and planned applications and hardware, as well as evaluating the facility, we'll recommend cable types, capacities and network topology. And we'll protect your investment by building in headroom for expansion without overbuilding the network.

Question: How can Universal Voice Data help?

Universal Voice / Data has BICSI®* - certified Registered Communications Distribution Designers (RCDDs) on staff to assist in developing "total communications solutions" that integrate structured cabling, system-wide paging, telephony and other building systems. Designing the infrastructure as a single, logically interconnected system eliminates duplicated materials and labor, reduces compatibility issues, and optimizes space utilization with shared pathways.

Whether you require fiber-optic or UTP cabling, it is installed by proficient technicians for the successful installation of your multi-structured cable environment. We also fully test the installed network and document conformance with ANSI/TIA/EIA installation standards and applicable codes. Our project managers are competent, knowledgeable but yet easy to understand. We are here to help you in the best possible way to create strength and stability for your business with structured cabling.

In this ever more demanding world of increased expectations and requirements, the pace of technology will not slow. Our appetite for improving our lives and our businesses continues to drive forward into an advanced technological society, seeking the ultimate in communications with our world. Now, more than ever, businesses need to focus on the IT basics- the supporting infrastructure with a solid core back bone, that will bear the load and distribute your vital business information globally.

The world has changed. The way we work, the way we shop and entertain, the way we communicate, travel, the way we live, are all drastically different than just a few short years ago. Technology is better than it has even been. Communication is faster and expectations have never been higher. Today, information for virtually everything is at our fingertips and tomorrow’s technology is limited only by our imagination.

What is fiber cabling? Optical fiber (or "fiber optic") refers to the medium and the technology associated with the transmission of information as light pulses along a glass or plastic wire or fiber. Optical fiber carries much more information than conventional copper wire and is in general not subject to electromagnetic interference and the need to retransmit signals. Most telephone company long-distance lines are now of optical fiber. In addition to requiring less power, Fiber is also faster. Copper wire, the current medium for connecting PC components, offers data transfer rates of about 10gbps (gigabits per second), and Intel expects rates to reach 20gpbs over the next few years.

The optical push comes as part of an industry-wide concern about the future of processor design. For years, manufacturers, obsessed with performance, added transistors and boosted clock speed. Now however, the industry is butting up against the laws of physics. Transistor bloat is creating a situation where extreme amounts of power are being corralled into tiny spaces, and this puts pressure on the inter-connects.