Beware of cabling contractors using noncompliant cables

04/10/11 0 COMMENTS

The Communications Cable and Connectivity Association (“CCCA”) has found that certain imported communications cable does not comply with National Electrical Code (“NEC”) standards. Contractors that install this non-compliant cable, whether known to the contractor or not, may be exposed to liability for violating applicable building codes and in civil lawsuits for damages caused by the installation of non-compliant cable. Background about this issue and an overview of potential liability are provided herein.

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The Direct Attach Controversy

03/07/11 0 COMMENTS

The hot “discussion” amongst the RCDD’s LinkedIn site through BICSI’s RCDD Group is whether or not there is a standard that is EIA/TIA compliant that allows a UTP Category cable terminated directly into an IP port on a camera. The answer is “yes” and “no.” The “direct attach” configuration is a modular plug-ended horizontal cable at the device end which is not recognized in TIA-568 standardized data and voice applications, but has been accepted by the building automation standard, TIA-862 and the proposed ANSI/BICSI-005 ESS draft documents.

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