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The Importance of Organized A/V Cabling in Your Mission Critical Space

Jul 31, 2017
Constant Technologies

Though the 24/7 video wall system may be the focal point of a Mission Critical Command Center installation, the most important part lives behind the scenes in an unassuming space, seen by few. This is where the core of your system, the audio/visual equipment rack, has its home.

While it may be hidden out of sight, it is just as important to keep the A/V equipment rack clean and tidy as it is the rest of your command center workstation.

You may wonder why, if the A/V rack will only be seen by few, it is important to leave it so neat. The benefits of a properly dressed A/V equipment rack go beyond the aesthetic. Your command center video wall setup will not only look great, it will work great as well.

At Constant Technologies, the components of your audio/visual rack are assembled at our facility and tested by Constant’s technicians prior to installation at your site. After the equipment is transferred to your facility and installation is complete, our team leaves your A/V rack clean, organized and ready to use. Our well-dressed equipment racks will keep your workspace organized and running well.

The following are reasons to place importance on a well-dressed A/V rack.

1. Traceable:

The equipment rack in a command center or operations center can become very complex, with large numbers of cables linking numerous sources to your 24/7 video wall. When your A/V rack is effectively installed and organized, cables and connections are easy to trace, eliminating confusion about which source leads to which output.

2. Ease of Use:

Any time you need to add or switch sources, an organized equipment rack will allow you to simplify and expedite the process since it will be easy to identify sources and cables. The clean, organized structure from installation ensures ease of use in your mission critical operations and prevents unnecessary stress due to overwhelming A/V rack cabling.

3. Smaller Margin of Error:

When your rack is messy, it is harder to understand what exactly you are looking at. A well-organized rack decreases the chances of accidentally disconnecting the wrong source, which is critical in a demanding operation center.

4. Less Downtime Required for Maintenance:

When your A/V rack is properly dressed and cabling is clearly organized, equipment is easier to service and any necessary maintenance will not take as long as if your A/V rack was full of crossing cables.

5. Longevity:

A properly dressed rack prevents damage to cables from improper storage. When they are organized by our team of professionals, your cables will be protected from any crimping, twisting, or other wear and tear caused by unnecessary stress on the cables from messy setup. Proper dressing ensures that cables bend at an optimal angle and last longer, providing the longevity necessary in a demanding operations center environment.

6. Better Airflow:

An organized rack helps your A/V equipment to breathe. Avoiding messy, excess cabling, the servers remain unblocked and airflow is optimized. This allows the fans to work efficiently, ensuring that your equipment runs cooler and lasts longer.

7. Fewer Disconnections:

The A/V equipment rack is home to a myriad of cables. When these cables are well-organized instead of running across one another, you decrease the chance of cables falling out or being inadvertently disconnected from the rack due to the stress of overlaying cables.

8. Less Interference:

In order to avoid electromagnetic interference and a number of other A/V issues, it is important that the power source is routed separately from the Ethernet, audio, and video cables. A well-dressed rack allows for organized, separated cabling which in turn reduces interference in your system and allows it to run as smoothly as possible, which is critical in a 24/7 command center installation.

Your A/V equipment rack may not be the central focus of your video wall system installation, but keeping it well-dressed ensures that the operations of your command center run smoothly and effectively. At Constant technologies, we help you with your installation from concept through completion and offer ongoing support after your project has been installed.

Constant has worked with clients on a wide variety of command center projects including Network Operations Centers (NOC), Security Operations Centers (SOC), Security Information Centers (SIC), Cyber Security Operations Centers (CSOC), Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), Fusion Operations Centers, Joint Operations Centers (JOC), Tactical Operations Centers (TOC), Combined Operations Centers (COS), C4ISR Environments and Social Media Command Centers.

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July 31, 2017