Atlona Acquisition Announcement and Must-see Products made Panduit the Team to Talk to at BICSI 2019

Atlona becomes a Panduit Company in a joint meeting at the Atlona Headquarters in San Jose, California. Pictured are (Left to Right): Marc Naese, Panduit SVP Network Infrastructure Business; Dennis Renaud, Panduit CEO; Ilya Khayn, Atlona CEO and Co-founder; Michael Khain, Atlona VP Product Development/Engineering and Co-founder

Show Summary: BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition

BICSI Winter took place this week in Orlando, Florida, and for three days, industry leaders came together to talk trends, showcase solutions, and network with some of the brightest minds in the business.

We heard loud and clear that smart building technologies over Ethernet – systems such as security cameras, lighting and AV – are a top-of-mind topic for nearly everyone, and Panduit has the products, the know-how, and the relationships to help our customers take full advantage of the opportunities they present. We’re proud of our leadership position that is a result of our commitment to innovation, our passion for problem solving, and the strategic investments we make in our future.

One recent investment is our acquisition of Atlona, a leading global provider of AV signal distribution and connectivity solutions, which we announced this week at the show. More and more organizations are interested in AV over IP, which makes Panduit and Atlona a natural fit. Combining our best-in-class products and deep IT expertise with Atlona’s innovative solutions gives us the ability to help organizations worldwide to deploy AV systems inside the network.

Dennis Renaud, our president and CEO, said it best. “Atlona has been at the forefront in developing cutting-edge AV technology that embraces the full potential of the convergence of AV and network infrastructure. Their industry-leading solutions complement Panduit’s extensive physical infrastructure portfolio, which will allow us to offer customers a quality end-to-end solution as they move to increasingly complex network infrastructure systems.” 

And BICSI was the perfect opportunity to show our customers Atlona products alongside related Panduit products, such as our industry-leading Category 6A cabling and connectivity, which creates a robust physical layer that supports increased resolutions, reduces dropped pixels, and reduces latency in AV applications.

Read more about Panduit’s acquisition of Atlona, and the benefits it provides to end-users and our partners.

What to Know Before You Go to BICSI Winter in Orlando

5 Reasons to Visit Panduit and General Cable at BICSI Winter in Orlando

Visit PanGen Booth #709 at BICSI Winter in Orlando

BICSI Winter, taking place January 20 – 24 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., is the show for people who design, install, and run networks or network-connected devices and systems. So it makes perfect sense that our best-in-class infrastructure products should take center stage.

Here are the top five attractions that Panduit and General Cable – or PanGen – has planned for Booth #709 at BICSI Winter:

1. POE Extenders

Our PoE Extenders are ideal for remote applications such as security cameras or entry ways that are outside of the 100m reach of the channel. In fact, they can deliver power and data up to 2,000 feet. As buildings become smarter and more automated they present more opportunities for our partners, and these innovative cable and connectors meet all critical requirements for PoE delivery.

2. Vertical Cable Management

Rising real estate costs combined with limited space in telecom rooms has created the dual challenge of fitting in as much equipment as possible yet still offering sufficient cable capacity.

Part of a high-density cabling solution that manages high performance network cabling and equipment in less area than required by conventional cable management systems, PatchRunner 2 Vertical Manager can be installed by one person and routes 17% more cables on average.

In head-to-head testing, PatchRunner 2 Vertical Manager took 7 minutes less to install than competitive offerings. You won’t see that kind of dueling excitement at Harry Potter World – and they have wands.

3. Fiber Connectivity

Optical fiber is the only transmission medium capable of supporting the explosive growth of Internet-connected devices and applications.

Panduit’s new Splice-On Connector, paired with the Sumitomo Quantum™ Fusion Splicer, helps to future-proof networks with high bandwidth and high-speed transmission, and makes quick work of connecting LC or SC connectors – whether for running fiber to the desktop or connecting telecommunications rooms to the main data center.

4. Next Generation Category 6A Cable

At 0.25” diameter, this latest offering from General Cable and Panduit delivers 10G data transmission for data-hungry applications, in a tiny package, that is easy to install and improves pathway capacity. This small but mighty cable is the industry’s best at managing Power over Ethernet and offers the best EMI immunity in an unshielded cable.

5. Intelligent Power Distribution Units

SmartZone G5 PDUs offer maximized outlet density, and give customers the ability to monitor power consumption, environmental factors and security at the server cabinet level. There are more than 70 different configurations to meet the needs of any installation.

See the complete PanGen cabling and connectivity solutions at PanGen Booth #709

Power of Panduit and General Cable Partnership in Action at BICSI

See the Power of the PanGen Partnership in Action at BICSI Winter in Orlando

Visit PanGen Booth #709 at BICSI Winter in Orlando

Since 2004, contractors and end-users have counted on Panduit and General Cable for a PanGen end-to-end network infrastructure cabling and connectivity solution to meet the needs of their most demanding projects. With BICSI Winter happening January 20-24 in Orlando – and 2019 marking the fifteenth year of the PanGen partnership – the time was right to chat with both Kayla Bedford, who is Strategic Alliance Manager at Panduit and Dale Langhans, her counterpart at General Cable, to hear what PanGen has planned at BICSI Winter 2019.

Fifteen years is quite some time. Tell us, how has the partnership evolved over time and what’s new that readers should know about?

It’s hard to believe that Panduit and General Cable have been bringing PanGen solutions to market for 15 years. We are the longest partnership in the industry, and are only getting stronger!

We have a shared vision and belief that a properly designed and implemented cabling infrastructure is fundamental for every business and institution – especially in this era of new high-bandwidth applications.

We’re all about giving our customers the network performance and reliability that they need, and we do that with high-performance infrastructure solutions. We take a lot of pride in knowing that we’re helping people confidently spec, quote, install and certify their network infrastructure. Our structured cabling solutions make it easy to deliver new services, lower network maintenance costs and increase efficiency.

And the great news for our customers is that today we are stronger than ever. The recent Prysmian acquisition of General Cable brings additional strengths as a result of Prysmian’s global footprint and increased fiber offerings. Prysmian is the largest producer of wire and cable products, globally!

That’s great. So Panduit and General Cable will be at BISCI. What can visitors look forward to seeing and learning about?

We will be featuring the industry’s smallest Cat 6A copper cable! The award-winning solution delivers the smallest cable diameter (0.250”) for improved pathway capacity and easier installation. Two versions of the cable are available: One has a solid barrier tape and the other has a barrier tape that is cut into segments of varying length for the best EMI immunity in an unshielded cable.

That cable is recognized in the industry as the best for delivering Power over Ethernet to things like security cameras, access points and desktop phones, which are already on the network, so it’s logical that they’re powered via the same Ethernet cable. We’ll be showing visitors how the cable manages the temperature rise that is typical with PoE.

And, speaking of PoE, Panduit will also be demonstrating a product that was recently introduced that extends PoE reach for remote applications. Think a security camera on top of a building or in a parking lot, or access control at an entry gate or door. With this new solution, we can extend data and power to those applications.

Also, being featured will be our full data center, digital building, and telco room solutions – cabinets and racks, patching, jacks, plugs, AV, fiber optics, pathways, power supply – pretty much our end-to-end solution! And, we will also highlight our industrial connectivity for those connecting equipment on the plant floor. As we mentioned, there will be a lot going on!

Another solution we will be featuring is the infrastructure that is the foundation for the PoE LED lighting solution at the Waldinger Corporation. This PanGen project was recognized during BICSI Fall with a Platinum Award (the highest possible award) in the annual Cabling Innovators Awards. This solution delivers power and data over twisted pair cable to LED lighting. The application significantly improved lighting performance, as well as control and intelligence.

It sounds like BICSI is a pretty big deal for PanGen, yes?

It really is. It is a great opportunity to connect with our core audience, to hear first-hand about their opportunities and obstacles. Of course, it’s a great for showcasing our products, but we also love hearing first-hand about what people are struggling with, the successes they’ve had, and the innovative ways they’re using our products. This opens up great conversation right on the show floor where we can immediately share product application solutions that covert our customer’s obstacles into real-time answers.

What would you suggest readers headed to BICSI check out? What are the must-see happenings on and off the show floor?

Three things come to mind: First, if you’ll be in town on Sunday January 20 for the pre-conference seminars, we suggest attending the talk “The Fiber Formula – Fact, Fiction & Fantasy” from 1:00- 4:30 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, where BICSI takes place. A panel of experts including David Asta, Data Center Applications Engineer at Panduit, will be discussing industry best practices and standards for fiber design and installation.

We also recommend Shelly Palmer’s keynote address on Tuesday morning at 8:45am. Shelly is CEO of The Palmer Group, a strategic advisory firm, that focused on machine learning and data driven decision-making. It should be interesting to hear.

And last, but not least, don’t forget to stop by our booth! We will look forward to seeing you there!

Visit PanGen Booth #709
Stop in to see our solutions at work – and enter for a chance to win a YETI TUNDRA cooler

“The Fiber Formula – Fact, Fiction & Fantasy”
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Sunday January 20, 1:00- 4:30

Case Study: Purdue’s New University Network Infrastructure

Panduit’s Innovative Wireless Solution Enhances Purdue’s University Network Infrastructure

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The average college student steps onto campus with approximately eight devices and expects seamless wireless connectivity for each one. Aware of the increasing demand for wireless access, Purdue University invested in a wireless infrastructure that included deployment of 1,200 wireless access points. The initial project targeted areas where students congregate but as the use of wireless devices continued to grow, the university network infrastructure needed to expand to accommodate an enhanced wireless service.

Challenge

This was no small effort. The university network infrastructure needed to serve more than 40,400 students and nearly 16,500 staff members and their wireless devices. It also needed to accommodate the university’s existing 149-year-old physical footprint. We were up to the task, providing an enterprise solution that included our structured cabling system and surface raceway to secure and route the structured cabling throughout the campus.

Solution

Working with Purdue, we helped design a solution that meets IEEE performance standards while increasing capacity and incorporating as many existing raceways as possible. Because we are experts at eliminating alien crosstalk at a reduced diameter, Purdue was able to run 116 28-Gauge cables in a space that would only allow 47 traditional cables.

Result

These days, bandwidth is plentiful for Purdue students and staff, with nearly 8,600 high-performance, reliable wireless access points across the campus. What’s more, in addition to 100% wireless capacity, Purdue provided one wired access point per student in the dorms using Panduit Ethernet jacks and Purdue’s color–old gold.

See How Panduit Did It

Learn how Purdue University stayed connected: Read the full case study.

Standards Update: 28 AWG, MPTL Now Compliant!

When Panduit introduced 28 AWG patch cords to the market in 2011, we knew we were on to something big. When we showed customers and contractors the skinny patch cords, they were amazed by the sheer size and flexibility of the cords. At the time, they might not have fully realized the impact the cords could have in overcrowded telco rooms, but nonetheless, they were impressed.

28 AWG Patch CordsHowever, while the cords met all the performance requirements of the copper cabling standards (with reduced channel lengths), they didn’t meet the wire gauge requirements of the standard, which required 22-26 AWG wires. Hence the 28 AWG patch cords were not fully standards compliant. Because of the huge size advantages and minimum channel length reductions, most Panduit customers adopted the 28 AWG cords. However, even after 7 years on the market, some customers remain hesitant or flat out refuse to try them, as they want a solution that is fully standards-compliant.

Compliance Achieved!

Today, Panduit is excited to be able to say that 28 AWG patch cords are FULLY COMPLIANT with copper cabling standards. ANSI/TIA-568.2-D, the Balanced Twisted-Pair Telecommunications Cabling and Components Standard, has been revised to include 28 AWG patch cords. The revised standard is expected to be published this month.

The revision was developed by the TIA TR-42.7 Copper Cabling Systems Subcommittee, which I’m a member of. The effort to get 28 AWG included wasn’t a small feat. In fact, this represents the culmination of two years of work by a broad spectrum of companies and individuals. During our discussions, it was apparent the committee members see the value the small cords bring. As more and more building systems are networked, space in TRs is at a premium. Everyone is looking for ways they can squeeze more into their space and 28 AWG is an easy, inexpensive way to help make that happen.

At Panduit, we’ve been beating this drum for a while now. We’ve seen firsthand the impact 28 AWG cords have made in TRs. We’ve heard from customers how they have been able to add devices but keep the same pathways because of the reduced size. We have contractors telling us how the smaller size and flexibility have simplified moves, adds, and changes. And, we’ve seen other manufacturers jump on the bandwagon. In short, the industry has embraced 28 AWG patch cords.

Modular Plug Terminated Links Added to Standard Also

Along with the addition of 28 AWG patch cords, the revised standard also recognizes modular plug terminated links (MPTLs). MPTLs are essentially permanent links that have field terminated plugs on one end, instead of a typical jack-to-jack permanent link. Although installers have used this method for years, a new breed of MPTL plugs have entered the market, including Panduit’s new Field Terminated Plug. These plugs are designed specifically for connecting the growing number of networked devices that are going into buildings. The standard revision allows for field testing of MPTLs – something that hasn’t been possible previously. With field testing using a recognized and reputable tester, the installer can be assured that the channel that includes the MPTL meets applicable Category 5e, 6 or 6A performance requirements to support data rates of 1G and higher.

MPTLs are a key component in today’s digital building, allowing quick and easy connections for cameras, access points, lights and more. As additional systems are added to the network, MPTL use will continue to grow. The addition of this new connector to the standard solidifies the continued use of MPTLs going forward.

If standards compliance is an issue for your organization, now’s your chance to try these connectivity solutions in your buildings and see the big difference yourself. Reach out to your distributor or your Panduit account manager to see these in person if you haven’t already.

Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Uses Technology to Provide Superior Patient Care

A Robust Network Infrastructure Allows for Patient-Centered Care

A robust network infrastructure allows for patient-centered care.

 

The future is here – but not all hospitals have the infrastructure to embrace it. So, when Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare rebuilt with a commitment to patient-centered care, they turned to Panduit for network infrastructure and connectivity solutions.

Challenge

The hospital needed to design a future-forward backbone for its enterprise to accommodate the 178,000-square-foot, four-story main hospital and to connect:

  • physician offices
  • outpatient healthcare services
  • surgical suites
  • the medical office building (80,000 square foot)

Solution

To accomplish this task, Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare relied on Panduit’s enterprise and data center network infrastructure solutions to create a campus-wide network that places the most advanced equipment and techniques in the hands of top medical talent.

Panduit enabled:

  • On-site telecom rooms and data center
  • Fast and secure data transmission
  • Efficient Power over Ethernet
  • Reliable wireless capabilities

Panduit’s TX6A™ 10Gig copper and Opticom® fiber backbone ensure that the entire care team can securely view medical records and test results simultaneously, regardless of location.

In addition, Panduit’s cabinet and cable management products organize and protect critical equipment and cabling from environmental hazards such as dust, heat, and humidity. Panduit’s FiberRunner® cable management system enables customers to manage, organize, and properly route their cables, saving space and ensuring optimal network operation.

Result

With Panduit’s help, Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare now makes technology decisions based on medical and business needs, not infrastructure limitations.

See the infographic case study.

 

 

TSB’s ‘IT Troubles’: Why making the right infrastructure choices are more vital than ever






IT and Network Infrastructure

Carefully considering the connectivity infrastructure which underpins your IT systems can make for a vastly smoother operating environment.

 

You may be aware of TSB’s technical woes. Especially if you’re a customer.

Last month, the bank announced it would be upgrading its systems to replace the ones it inherited from Lloyds. After it announced services were back online, customers quickly began complaining. Many were unable to access their accounts at all. Some were able to see the personal details of others through their mobile banking app. Others have seen fraudulent or anomalous transactions on their accounts.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, multiple in-branch services also failed.

In terms of damage to trust in the brand, potentially enormous loss of revenue from normal transactions, and the possibility of regulatory fines, it’s been a tough time for TSB.

To avoid similar service catastrophes, companies need to carefully consider how they select every part of their IT ecosystem. How every part works in harmony with the others. And how they select the companies they choose as vendors and partners.

Infrastructure is no exception to this rule.

Carefully considering the connectivity infrastructure which underpins your IT systems can also make for a vastly smoother operating environment. Preventing the kind of hiccups that can often occur during the upgrade process, when a new (potentially incompatible) framework is ‘layered’ on top of existing systems. Systems that may themselves already exist within a fragile, unpredictable lattice. Which can react explosively when anything new is brought into the mix.

Well planned, well-provided infrastructure means the difference between a stable foundation for the IT department to do great work. And attempting to build a successful user experience and backend on an ever-shifting sea of quicksand.

So, the next time you’re planning an upgrade, remember to ask the important questions first. What are you building? And what are you building it on?

To learn more about ensuring you have the best infrastructure in place to deliver for your organisation, read the report – https://pages.panduit.com/finance-all.html.

Today’s Alphabet Soup: the NEC, PoE and LP

We are getting lots of questions about the recently revised 2017 National Electric Code and its impact on Power over Ethernet. We have answers … and for the most part, it is good news! Here are some of the most common questions we’re getting around the NEC and PoE.

First off, let’s define this alphabet soup we’re talking about.

NEC = National Electric Code. Specifically, we’re addressing the recently revised 2017 National Electric Code.

PoE = Power over Ethernet. For the most part, we are addressing next-generation PoE, or the pending IEEE 802.3bt standard, which will introduce PoE running over all four pairs of an Ethernet cable. This is commonly referred to as PoE++ or 4PPoE. The 802.3bt standard further breaks PoE++ into two types based on power at the source: Type 3 (up to 60W) and Type 4 (up to 99W). (Note: The IEEE 802.3bt standard is expected to be ratified in early 2018.)

LP = Limited Power, a new UL listing for copper cables.

Does the NEC impact all PoE installations?

No. Most installations will not be affected by the new rules. The 2017 NEC addresses only those systems with power levels above 60W, which is the pending Type 4 PoE++. Existing installations of PoE and PoE+, and the pending Type 3 PoE++ are not affected by the 2017 changes to the NEC.

Am I required to use LP cables now?

Again, no. The NEC itself says LP is not required to run Power over Ethernet. However, if you use LP listed cables, it can simplify the installation and inspection of the project.

How can an LP listing make installation simpler?

It’s all about bundling and inspection. With a Type 4 installation, you have two choices: use LP cables or not.

If you use LP listed cables, you don’t have to worry about bundle sizes or inspections.

If you don’t use LP cables, you must follow the NEC’s ampacity table to determine bundle sizes. The installation then is subject to inspection to ensure compliance with the ampacity table bundle sizes. You can find the ampacity table in our recently published technology brief, Impact of 2017 National Electric Code on Power over Ethernet Cabling.

How will inspections happen?

This is where it gets fuzzy. Today, the NEC is adopted primarily at the state level, although in some states, it is adopted and enforced by local jurisdictions. And, state adoption and enforcement varies. While most states today are following the 2014 NEC, some are still following 2011, and a handful still follow 2008. It is unclear how inspections will occur.

What parts of the cabling system need the LP listing?

Permanently installed cable is the only component that requires an LP listing. It does not apply to patch cords.

Do I need to be concerned about fire hazards with higher rated PoE?

No. As long as the installation follows standards for installation, including proper bundling sizes, Power over Ethernet doesn’t pose a life safety threat.


To wrap it all up, the highlights to leave with:

  1. The only affected systems are those running Type 4 PoE++
  2. LP is not required, even for Type 4 PoE++
  3. If you don’t use LP cables for Type 4, the installation will have bundle limits and will be subject to inspection
  4. Life Safety is NOT an issue with Power over Ethernet
  5. Panduit can help! Our most common Cat 6 and Cat 6A cables carry an LP rating, including our MaTriX offering, which handles Power over Ethernet better than any other cable on the market.

Trump and his impact on the healthcare structured cabling market

Healthcare, specifically the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was a central topic healthcarethroughout the recent U.S. presidential campaigns. Though we can’t say how just yet, Donald Trump’s election will likely bring change to the U.S. healthcare market. Trump campaign promises pointed to repealing and replacing the ACA with something completely different; however, as time goes on, it is expected that at least parts of the ACA will remain.

Over the past several years, the U.S. healthcare industry has been consumerized through initiatives like the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). These initiatives changed the way that physicians are paid from a volume-based system to a value-based system. This has forced providers to reduce the cost of care while improving quality and patient outcomes. These cost reductions and the concern for the quality of patient care is likely to continue, and perhaps become even more important during the Trump administration.

Based on what we have heard thus far, analysts predict the following for health care under Trump’s policies:

  • There will be more of an emphasis on price transparency for medical procedures and other healthcare costs.
  • The Medical Productivity Index* (MPI) is expected to increase by 2% by 2026.
  • MACRA is likely to continue.
  • We will see greater consumer responsibility for healthcare costs, creating a more competitive market.
  • The number of uninsured people will increase by as many as 25 million, with conservative estimates hovering around 20 million.

Impact on the Healthcare Structured Cabling Market

What do these things mean for the healthcare structured cabling market? We can expect continued growth in the healthcare industry; however, it may look different than over the past decade.

  • Large hospital new construction is likely to decline. At the same time, hospitals are likely to continue investing in technology. This technology will deliver operational efficiencies and improved precision and diagnostics, which will drive down costs.
  • The amount of data will continue to increase, and speed of retrieval and analysis will be more important than ever. This forces the need for high-speed cabling and large-scale storage, especially as hospital groups continue to acquire independent facilities, creating more centralized systems.
  • Healthcare IT and facilities groups will have less budget to work with while being expected to deliver the highest quality of service to the organization.

Regardless of whether the ACA (also known as ‘Obamacare’) is repealed or not, it appears that the emphasis on value-based care will continue to grow. As structured cabling professionals, it is our responsibility to guide the healthcare community towards solutions that are both cost-effective and deliver the resilience and performance that a medical environment demands.

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*The Medical Industry Leadership Institute developed the Medical Productivity Index to measure the productivity of insurance-financed medical care. The MPI analyzes the health status achieved by a patient relative to the amount of resources invested in that patient’s care. The higher the index number, the better the return on investment. Care through Medicaid produces a low index value, whereas health savings accounts generally produce the highest index value.

Helping Customers Achieve LEED Certification

shutterstock_1215845381Everyone is talking about sustainability these days. We’re doing more than just talking about it.

Our world headquarters, built in 2010, is a LEED Gold Certified building and is just one example of our commitment to healthy, energy efficient, and sustainable business environments.

Today, we’ve taken that commitment one step further, becoming the first manufacturer to be awarded Environmental Product Declarations on copper jacks and cabling. These EPDs, awarded by UL Environment, help your projects become LEED certified.

It’s only been recently that the US Green Building Council adopted LEED version 4, which allows cabling systems to be counted toward LEED points. So, what do you need to know if you’re looking for a cabling system that complies? Below we’ve outlined some of the most common questions that we get.

Q: What’s an EPD/HPD?

EPD = Environmental Product Declarationcertified_epd_green

HPD = Health Product Declaration

EPDs and HPDs are both issued by a third-party after they verify reports supplied by the manufacturer. EPDs disclose potential environmental impacts of a product, while HPDs disclose what a product contains and how it impacts human and ecological health.

Q: What products have EPDs and HPDs?

A wide variety of materials used in the construction of buildings carry these declarations.

The Panduit EPDs cover 18 types of RJ45 jacks and 22 different copper cables. The offering includes:

  • Unshielded and shielded applications
  • Category 5e, Category 6, and Category 6A
  • Riser and plenum flame ratings

HPDs are pending for the same group of products.

Q: How does it work? If I install a product with an EPD, do I automatically get LEED points?

It not quite that simple! LEED requires the installation of at least 20 different products that have third-party certification to qualify for one LEED point. These products must be from at least five different manufacturers. So, when you install at least four different certified products from Panduit, that counts as one portion of one point for EPD and one portion of a second point for HPD. Different levels of LEED certification require different numbers of points to qualify.

Q: Can’t I get EPDs and HPDs with all cabling systems?

No! Panduit is one of a handful of cabling manufacturers that have received EPDs on copper cabling, but we’re the ONLY one to receive EPD certification on RJ45 jacks. So, if you’re looking for an end-to-end solution that can help you earn LEED certification, Panduit is your only choice!

We’d be happy to share more information on our EPDs and HPDs. You can get information on our Sustainable Solutions page, or from Customer Service.