Are first impressions always right?
During the planning stages of your office relocation project, you will be confronted with the task of viewing numerous commercial properties and assessing their suitability in regards to your current and future requirements. They say that first impressions are everything and you are more likely to make up your mind as to whether you like it or not the first minute of walking in.
The location, space, look and feel are the things that stand out, but it is equally important to understand the potential technical limitations that the proposed office might have, such as the structured cabling.
The importance of structured cabling in business
Structured cabling is something that your business has to consider for its day-to-day operation as both the method and type of installation are important decisions for future flexibility with moves and changes (MAC’s) or system improvements. A structured system can bring about a number of benefits, for example increased flexibility across your business by having the ability to change up your system at any point, and simplicity by easily changing the position of certain applications or adding new data and voice applications. Therefore, if you are moving into a new building without any cabling already in place or if what is there does not meet your needs, now is the time to plan.
Testing and commissioning procedure
Sometimes power supplies, internet service connectivity, air conditioning, building riser and duct capacity vary between buildings and even between floors in individual buildings, so it is advisable to appoint an office relocation professional to support you at this crucial phase of the project. Here at KSBC, we firstly conduct a thorough audit and test the existing cabling infrastructure to evaluate whether it is working on the best of its ability or if a new cabling system needs to be installed. The completed site survey will give us a clear picture of the cabling standard and topology, the number of mains and data sockets and which method is currently being used to provide network access (ceiling voids, floor voids or trunking systems).
Depending on your requirements, we will advise you on the best cabling option (CAT5E, CAT6, and CAT6A) and come up with a suitable design to maximize the capabilities of your cable infrastructure to not only meet your immediate needs, but also your future infrastructure plans. CAT5 and CAT6 are the wiring systems found in most modern offices that provide the infrastructure for your business’s computer network and telephone system, as well as many other applications and devices used around the office. The choice of cabling will come down to forecast operating requirements i.e. 1Gb, 10Gb to workspaces and sometimes up to 100Gb in the backbone.
If structured cabling is not in great condition, re-using existing might end up costing more than installing a new cabling system. We always recommend going for a new cabling system because it is tested, certified compliant with standards and warranted for 20-25 years. All our working procedures are based on strict quality principles and processes and our installation services are fully compliant with all technical guidelines and health and safety rules. We always work closely with our clients to identify the most appropriate structured cabling solution and make sure that the office relocation project is completed safely, on time and within budget. Each cabling solution that we provide is unique and determined by your needs as a business, as well as the size, location and contents of your communications room. You can rest assured that as time moves on and your data requirements change, the structured cabling infrastructure will be able to keep pace with your business needs so that your productivity remains maximised at all times.