Protect Equipment and Infrastructure with the New Break-Away Adapter

Panduit Break-Away Outlet Application

The Break-Away Adapter from Panduit

Panduit has introduced the Break-Away Adapter, an innovative solution that releases under force to eliminate tripping hazards, protect expensive equipment, and prevent damage to infrastructure.

The Break-Away Adapter attaches to a standard copper patch cord, and then plugs into either a piece of equipment or an RJ45 outlet. When pulling force is applied – such as when a medical cart is rolled away from the wall in a hospital room – the adapter releases. This prevents equipment being pulled off carts or tables, or jacks being pulled out of the wall, and avoids costly damage.

The adapter meets TIA standards for Category 6A performance, and is backward compatible to also work with Category 6 and 5e channels. It is rated for 750 release cycles, meaning the cord can be reconnected many times and maintain its performance.

Panduit designed the adapter for the medical community, where equipment is often wheeled between patient rooms. However, the Break-Away Adapter can be used in any environment where portable equipment is connected to an Ethernet port, such as conference rooms and classrooms. In hospitals alone, the cost associated with falls adds up. One recent study found that 30-50 percent of falls in hospitals resulted in injuries, which adds 6.3 days to the average hospital stay, and costs $14,000 per fall. Adding the Break-Away Adapter to equipment on medical carts eliminates one of the tripping hazards that can lead to these falls.

“Even as wireless use is growing, many customers are looking for a solution to a very real wired issue,” said Dennis Renaud, vice president of Panduit Enterprise Business. “The Break-Away Adapter is a simple solution that can prevent expensive accidents. This is a great example of Panduit innovation at work, solving real problems in the workplace.”

For more information on the Break-Away Adapter, visit www.panduit.com/break-away.

What is Driving the Growth of Power over Ethernet?

Since its introduction in 2002, Power over Ethernet has gradually gained momentum in the market. Today, PoE has not only gained market acceptance, but is being pushed to even higher power levels, as a next generation of PoE technology is on the horizon. A new PoE standard, IEEE 802.3bt – or PoE++ — is expected to be ratified before the end of 2018, and will triple the power delivery capabilities from today’s standard.

The increased power delivery means the technology can be used to power a new generation of powered devices. However, while it will be possible to run a desktop computer or television using PoE, those applications take a backseat to several more common applications that are driving the acceptance of Power over Ethernet in the Enterprise space. According to BSRIA forecast projections from September 2015, PoE to the desktop has been and will continue to be the biggest driver. In 2014, PoE powered one or more devices on an estimated 80% of all desktops. That number is expected to increase to 92% by 2020.

PoE applications

While the highest PoE usage is to the desktop, two applications are driving the uptake in PoE usage: wireless access points and security cameras. Today, about 55% of all wireless access points are powered using Power over Ethernet. That usage is projected to surge to 80% by 2020, and as more WAPs are deployed, that will, in turn, increase the amount of power that is delivered by PoE. Also driving PoE usage are security cameras. Today, about 35% of all security cameras are powered with PoE. BSRIA predicts that will grow to 50% within the next five years.

Wireless access points and security cameras are not only driving the usage of PoE, they are also the devices that are largely driving the need for the higher power levels that will become a reality with PoE++. Cameras are becoming more sophisticated, with pan, tilt and zoom features that require more wattage to properly operate. And, wireless access points are also power-hungry as they continue to evolve to keep up with wifi demands.

The Good News

So, what does this increased reliance on Power over Ethernet mean for your structured cabling installation? For the most part, it is good news! Today’s cabling can support the new power levels. There are factors that need to be addressed … like temperature rise, but they are easily addressable using the copper cabling infrastructure that is on the market today. Our white paper: Power over Ethernet with Panduit Copper Cabling spells out some of the common issues that need to be addressed when deploying PoE.

 

Category 8: Delivering 25 and 40GBASE-T

Category 8 is the new copper twisted-pair structured cabling standard being developed within both the TIA and ISO groups to support the new 25 and 40GBASE-T standards being developed by the IEEE. Category 8 is going to have a few differences over prior Category 5e, 6, or 6A cabling, but will still retain the familiarity and features that make RJ45 copper the most widely deployed Ethernet technology on the market.

Cat 8 product

What is new with Category 8?

There are a few differences between Category 8 and prior categories that should be understood.

  • Shielded offering only (no unshielded option)
  • 30 meter reach (versus 100 meter reach for Category 5e, 6, and 6A)
  • Only 2 connectors allowed per channel (versus 4 for Category 5e, 6, and 6A)
  • 4 times the bandwidth of Category 6A, going all the way up to 2000 MHz

    Cat 8 2000 MHz

What is the same with Category 8?

While there are differences, a lot stays the same, as well.

  • Category 8 uses the same RJ45 interface as Category 5e, 6, and 6A, which makes it backwards compatible with 100BASE-T, 1000BASE-T, and 10GBASE-T systems
  • Category 8 will be field terminable and field testable once available product comes to market

What do these differences mean?

Because of the limited reach of 30 meters and 2 connectors, Category 8 is focused on data centers, particularly End of Row or Top of Rack deployments.

This means that as a data center manager, you should plan for:

  • A maximum jack-to-jack reach of 24 meters
  • Grounding the connectivity
  • A maximum of 6 meters of patch total

Latest Industry Developments

Panduit is the latest company to announce that our Category 8 system has been tested by Intertek (3rd party) and confirmed to meet the latest Category 8 TIA draft standard.

The Panduit system we tested was a 30-meter channel, with a 24-meter link and 6 meters of patch cords (3 meters on each end).

It is expected that the standard will be ratified by mid-2016, which is the earliest point where product will be available.

What should I do today?

Panduit strongly recommends against installing any Category 7 or 7A systems. These systems do not have the bandwidth (Category 7 is 600MHz, 7A is 1000MHz) to handle 25 or 40GBASE-T (need bandwidth over 1600MHz). Additionally, Category 7 and 7A do not use RJ45 connectors, so a hybrid patch cord would be required to interface to the equipment.

If you are deploying a cabling system now, Panduit recommends that you install and deploy Category 6A systems. They have the same RJ45 interface as the equipment and can run all current applications up to 10GBASE-T. If you are planning a layout to eventually accommodate Category 8, stick to a permanent link length of 24 meters or below with up to 6 meters of patch total.

Leading the Way with Innovation

Innovation was on display at last week’s Cabling Innovators Awards, sponsored by Cabling Installation & Maintenance. Panduit was honored to accept three of the awards, recognizing our customers and us for bringing innovation to network design and installation.1504CIMawardBlu

Cisco Canada was honored with a platinum award for its new Canadian Headquarters facility. “The new  Cisco Canada Headquarters is a living example of how we can harness the power of the Internet of Everything to create a smart building that’s truly sustainable and a leader in energy efficiency,” said Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Industry and Business Transformation, Cisco. The LEED-certified building is considered to be the smartest building in North America and operates on a single, converged IP network, with electricity delivered primarily via Power over Ethernet (PoE). The building features 1,400 PoE LED lighting fixtures and 1,800 PoE controllers for the HVAC system, delivered via Panduit patch cabling. “We are proud to be working with Panduit to support initiatives like this and honored to be sharing this award with them,” Huijbregts added.

Panduit Innovator AwardsWe also accepted a Silver award on behalf of Royal Caribbean for the Quantum of the Seas. Quantum of the Seas was the first of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class ships, with a wealth of technology onboard: superfast wireless speeds; RFID luggage tracking; virtual balconies in interior cabins; and even robotic bartenders. The network infrastructure that supports all of this technology is delivered via Panduit QuickNet Copper and Fiber Pre-terminated Cabling Solutions. The pre-terminated solution was selected to speed remote installation and limit installation expenses.

The third award we received recognizes our Turn-Tell Labeling. A network service provider in Japan selected these innovative labels for an application that required labeling on each end of thousands of connections in a high-density network. The labels can be turned after they’ve been applied, without twisting the cabling.

“I would like to congratulate Panduit on their Silver–level honoree status,” said Cabling Installation & Maintenance Group Publisher Alan Bergstein. “This competitive, unbiased program celebrates the most innovative projects in the structured cabling industry. We are pleased to celebrate Panduit‘s Silver status and recognize their contribution to the structured cabling industry.”

The awards were determined by a panel of judges comprised of cabling and communications system specifiers, designers, integrators and managers with vast professional experience.

For 60 years, our customers and partners have trusted Panduit to deliver electrical and networking products that make their business better. From the first panel conduit to the latest in fiber connectivity, Panduit delivers innovation.

Cabling Infrastructure for Wireless Access Points

Wireless Access Points (WAPs) have become a common installation in the Enterprise space. How do you know what cabling infrastructure is right to get optimum performance from your WAP? The answer is simple: new permanent installations call for Category 6A.

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Category 6A in the Enterprise

The rollout of new AC wireless access points in the enterprise represents the first multi-gigabit application to be deployed in the enterprise. This is a perfect time to review the media choices being made to ensure your physical infrastructure is capable of supporting the application for the life of the enterprise. If we compare the relative cost per Gigabit for category 6A and single gig infrastructures, we find that category 6A (10GBASE-T) is more cost-effective per gigabit:

Cost per GB

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Are We Approaching a Technical Skills Shortage?

A concern has been growing in recent years over the potential for a technical skills shortage in the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere around the globe, particularly in science, and engineering-related occupations.

It is generally predicted that, by 2018, a mass wave of retirements by members of the Baby Boom generation will result in 1.2 million U.S. job openings in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and there will likely be a significant shortage of qualified applicants to fill them.  The full depth of the STEM skills shortage may be even greater than this, as 50 percent of jobs that require STEM skills do not require a bachelor’s degree or better, according to Plant Services.

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Joliet Catholic Academy Enhances Learning Experience

It’s Back-to-School season for many readers and their children—time for students of all ages to meet new friends and teachers, get some fresh school clothes and/or uniforms, and check for the closest wi-fi hot spot.

Technology has become a significant part of students’ everyday lives, with tablets and interactive eBooks starting to replace heavy textbooks in everyone’s backpack, according to SecurEdge Networks.  In fact, SecurEdge reports that the average college student now uses three devices daily, and 67% of surveyed students claim that they cannot go more than one hour without using some sort of digital technology.

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Building Automation and Managing the Corporate Facility

Building Automation ImageToday’s facility and IT managers are facing multiple challenges in managing corporate facilities. The corporate facility includes various areas such as the commercial building, manufacturing floor, warehouse, remote sites, and data center. All of these corporate facilities require different attention from the managers to meet the corporate sustainability goals set forth by the executive team. Goals that mainly revolve around reducing CapEx and OpEx costs by performing energy reduction, capacity planning, equipment life-cycle-management, and provide a productive and collaborative work environment that the manager has to deal with on a continuous basis. These top-of-mind issues require accurate data collection, and are converted into useable information to enable smart decision-making. At the same time, the manager is asked to perform all of his or her daily activities with less staff to reduce overhead cost. This “do more with less” phenomena requires the manager to utilize the latest Information Technology to gain insights into areas that need improvement through the use of Building Automation Systems and benchmarking against industry metrics. A good Building Automation System empowers organizations to reduce operational and capital expenses, improve visibility of key operational data, and enable sustainable, energy efficient facilities.

 

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Panduit Partners with SOLiD on In-Building DAS Solutions

In a previous post I wrote about how many organizations are beginning to deploy in-building Distributed Antenna Systems, also known as DAS.  DAS is a network of antenna nodes connected to a common source via a transport medium that provides wireless service within a geographic area or building.  This type of system works in conjunction with your traditional Wi-Fi network in order to provide users with enhanced cellular service, both voice and data, as well as carry 2-way radio transmissions and public safety announcements.

Cell PhonesIn order to facilitate this type of technology, Panduit has partnered with leading DAS provider SOLiD. SOLiD is a global RF amplification and optical network transport solutions company that enables indoor and outdoor cellular, public-safety and Wi-Fi communications at some of the best-known and most challenging venues. SOLiD’s solutions can be found in leading hospitals; Olympic, professional, and college sports venues; government, university and Fortune 500 corporate buildings and campuses; international airports and metropolitan subways; and other high-profile sites. SOLiD’s DAS, small cell backhaul and passive optical LAN (POL) portfolio addresses current and future network densification requirements.

Together, SOLiD and Panduit provide customers with industry-leading physical infrastructure solutions including copper, fiber and cabinet/rack/enclosure products for seamless deployment to satisfy RF needs. The combined solutions between Panduit and SOLiD help enterprise customers deploy technology to address indoor wireless communication requirements. SOLiD’s DAS solutions and complementary Panduit infrastructure solutions provide:

  • Integrated high-performance wireless and public safety coverage
  • Secure and scalable wireless technology
  • Superior customer care and support

“Our partnership with Panduit is important because it allows us to combine our DAS expertise with a company known for solving the challenging and constantly changing wireless infrastructure needs of enterprises and building owners,” said SOLiD President Seth Buechley. “We look forward to working closely with Panduit to improve wireless communications capacity and coverage for our customers and to make indoor radio communications more reliable for first responders during emergencies.”

To learn more about the Panduit Technology Ecosystem Partnership with SOLiD, please visit www.panduit.com/SOLiD.