CCTV Update; Run Fiber Run

Reel Time, Cabling Business Magazine, April 2007

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The big buzz in the CCTV and surveillance industry is the migration to IP utilizing a structured cabling system. This is prevalent at industry events, such as the most recent ISC West, but more importantly in the field. Security integrators and cable installers, alike, are becoming cross-trained in all low-voltage systems, such as data, voice and security. Today, surveillance and other building automation systems, which once ran over proprietary systems, are now operating over parallel structured cabling systems alongside other network functions.

The major focus for the cable selection for CCTV over IP has been UTP, mainly for its inherent qualities over coaxial cables. True, there are many benefits to using UTP over coax and it provides the path to IP. It also allows multiple functions, such as power, data and video, to all run over one cable. But even twisted pair has its limitations – such as distance and signal interferences.


Where copper falls short, installing fiber is preferred. In a nutshell, fiber runs are longer, bandwidths are much higher, and concerns for EMI and RFI are eliminated when terminated properly and it becomes the most secure cable for network privacy. Recently, a major Midwest security integrator, Dowley Systems (Oklahoma City, OK), was faced with the mission of installing of two sizable IP-based CCTV systems that included incorporating megapixel technology in challenging installation environments. Therefore, all factors pointed to fiber as the preferred media.



Read the attached article for more details on this installation and on using fiber optic cabling to address your security needs. 

Run Fiber Run, Reel Time; Cabling Business Magazine, April 2007

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