Digital Ceiling with Cabling from R&M
What is happening
The Internet of Things is moving into office ceilings. That is the aim of the digital ceiling initiatives. Their aim is to create IP infrastructures for intelligent building management. In this way sensors and controls for lighting, air conditioning and surveillance, or even the power supply for LED lights can be integrated in structured building cabling. They could be networked directly with building services engineering, the LAN and the Internet. Functions and services which to date have been separate would then be united in one network. This would make it possible to automate office and building operations. LED ceiling lights featuring sensors and a data network connection are already available on the market.
Good to know
It is often the case that cabling and a power supply for IP end devices on the ceiling are missing. While EN 50173-6 specifies cabling with service outlets (SO) installed on office ceilings, these are usually designed to supply WLAN access points only. The LED light endpoints can also be integrated into the LAN via the service outlets. But often there are not sufficient connection points available at the SO for this purpose. In future, building owners, planners and installers will therefore have to ensure that they install sufficient structured cabling with SOs and a power supply in the ceiling. Power over Ethernet (PoE) can supply power to end devices such as LED lights.
R&M has developed special digital ceiling solutions on the basis of tried-and-tested cabling systems for office buildings. The R&M U-Box is the core of these solutions. The multifunctional, flat distributor housing can provide LAN and power connections. In CONNECTIONS No. 52 (page 29), R&M provides information on the demands made of service outlets and on pragmatic installation solutions on page 29.
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