When installing building networks, racks, power, cabling, patch cords, and the like, it pays for electrical and instrumentation contractors to coordinate closely with the IT/AV integrator early in the project. Integrators and owners usually have very specific standards for their MDF and IDF rooms, and a lack of coordination could lead to expensive problems.
Important details that should be discussed include:
Project schedule, as networks often need early activation for the operation of building automation systems.
Power needs for the integrator’s switches and UPS units, including connection type and amperage.
Rack power manifold setup, including power cabling length from the switches.
Required patch cord quantities, which on large projects can number in the hundreds or thousands, as well as lengths, colors, and labeling.
Rack clearance front and back for proper placement and maintenance.
Cat6 or fiber optic cable dressing and patch panel connection preferences.
Testing and documentation for all copper and fiber optic cabling.
Cooling and heating temperature sensors, alarms, security access, and other low-voltage systems to be installed in IDF rooms, which are typically locked, limiting maintenance access.
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