We’ve all read lots of hype about convergence over the last year or two. However, not much has been written about the practicalities of installing true converged and semi-converged networks.
Convergence of different functions into a single structured cabling network throughout the building is not a new concept. However, emerging technologies have caused building owners and systems manufacturers to realise there are some very serious benefits to converging all these various systems onto one cabling network and either two (or one) switched Ethernet networks.
Whether it’s a school, hospital, office block or university, connecting together the access control system’s card reader, biometrics with the lighting control and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air con) means that individual rooms can have their services and temperatures pre-defined. Integrating the IP CCTV with the Access Control and Fire Systems also delivers a more streamlined security and health and safety provision, which is much simpler to maintain and centrally monitor.The implementation of RFID Asset Tracking over a wireless network can also keep track of valuable items throughout buildings and campuses.
As more and more buildings become fully converged – the interoperability capabilities increase leading to the streamlining of business processes; centralisation and simplification of reporting and many environmental benefits.
If you’re planning on installing a converged network there are some things you need to consider. Ken Hodge of Brand-Rex and Paul Goodbrand of Boston Networks offer up practical advice in this month’s Network Communication News. You can read the full article here.