When RSM made a strategic decision to implement an IT network refurbishment, it was decided that they would install a structured cabling solution throughout their facilities, which comprise a 44-room conferencing hotel and facilities, and a 17th Century hotel, all fully equipped with IPTV, network connectivity and telephony. In addition, there are 2 large lecture theatres. Both are fully equipped with the latest networking and AV equipment, so they can provide webcasts of conferences and lectures to members via stream on demand.
The contract for the installation was awarded to ITS of Thatcham. The system they selected was Belden IBDN 4800LX GigaBIX, a Cat 6+ performing ultrahigh density cross connect system that is both flexible and convenient and allows for future proofing.
Tansy Allen, Director of IT at RSM says: “We made the strategic decision to use the Belden GigaBIX solution, because of our limitations in space. GigaBIX provides the density, convenience and flexibility we were looking for.”
RSM had indicated a serious increase in network requirements and in total, over 1200 telecoms outlets were installed, using 38,285m of GigaBIX cable. GigaBIX offered an ultra high density solution, enabling RSM to work around the severe space constraints. The system is easy to install, even in small spaces and it uses the same single connection tool as all other BIX connectivity products, helping to reduce installation time and the likelihood of termination errors.
An equally important consideration was future proofing, ensuring that sufficient bandwidth will be available in years to come. BIX technology – introduced in 1979 – meets or exceeds the Category 6 standard, showing the longest record of proven performance of any connector on the market. The Belden GigaBIX system provides headroom for high-speed and emerging Gigabit applications with a data rate of up to 4.8 Gb/s and a bandwidth of up to 300 MHz. The system allows configuration with a capacity of up to 14,400 terminated pairs and is scalable to accommodate high-density installations.
ITS Director Paul Stewart says: “Belden GigaBIX shows impressive cable characteristics for audio and video, as well as data. We love Belden GigaBIX and have used it in many installations as it has so many benefits. In hindsight, nothing else would have worked for RSM. Using GigaBIX has been a win-win situation for us.”