Smart Buildings: Instalment Two

Welcome back to our Smart Buildings series, for our second instalment we will be looking at Networks and Wireless.

As the future becomes more wireless, we ask the question are the days of a wired network still relevant?

Ten years ago, plugging things in was the norm and acceptable, nowadays, we seem to feel like it’s a major inconvenience. The wireless environment at the workplace is becoming increasingly visible – connecting AV Displays, wireless speakers, printers, lighting, power and heating controls. Wireless networks have created such a positive impact on the users experience that we now question a wired network, asking the question – is it time to get rid of them all together?

In terms of speed and continuity, two of the most important aspects when considering a network, then the answer should be a downright no. In a modern-day business, you cannot afford for your network to let you down on a daily basis and with a wireless network you could potentially have an occasional performance dip. However, when considering flexibility, wireless is definitely your answer.

Our reliance on a wireless network is becoming more and more prominent. Over the next few years there will be a huge change in WI-FI solutions. WI-FI is already evolving, increasingly good WI-FI is being seen across universities, hospitals, hotels and even town centres. Currently, wireless seems to be winning, so should we still care about cables?

As end-users, probably not.

But, for large buildings and shared spaces to create a smart work space, the answer is 100% yes. Behind every amazing WI-FI network there is a numerous amount of structured cable network hidden away. It takes an enormous amount of hard cabling to transmit today’s wireless data and although WI-FI is evolving, this isn’t something that’s going to change anytime soon.

We can expect the separation from the cabled world to continue but as this happens, we must appreciate the vital role that cabling plays in enabling today’s slick user experience. Modern day business networks are only as reliable as the cabling on which they operate.

At the Remark Group, we have a wealth of experience in the design, installation and maintenance of cabling for CAT6 and CAT5e data, voice and security networks, allowing us to install the cabled network infrastructure that is right for you and your business.