Amik's Network Design Services
Our Network Design follows BiCSi's
New Telecommunications Distributions Methods. Amik Technology
strongly supports the efforts of BiCSi to develop and document standards
in the industry. We also support the efforts of Environmentalists like Frank Bisbee as he works to identify and resolve issues with abandoned cable and environmental pollutants like lead in PVC wire coatings.
Amik Technology provides high quality, high
performance, and environmentally friendly telecommunication design solutions
to our clients. Our Network Design experience includes:
Your Managed Cable System used to be just the PC network but you should now include:
- Power for Electronics and Computers, Filtered Power, and Power Backup
- Security System Wiring
- Intercom and Paging Systems
- Phone System Wiring (Telecommunications Systems)
- Wireless Network Access Points
- Fire Alarm System Cabling
- Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning System Control
It is easy to let every trade take care of their own wiring needs but this lack of planning leads to environmental issues, reduced longevity, messy layout, overfill of trays and risers, and excess costs.
Network systems especially need to allow for change. Businesses and institutions expand and contract with market fluctuation, people relocate, and standards change. Ways of communication, expectations, and the associated costs of communication are changing at a rate that is simply mind boggling!
Today's leading organizations are planning for change. There is a very strong move towards managing building Infrastructure with an eye for minimizing cost and maximizing flexibility related to CHANGE.
If your hiring an Architectural Firm to construct a new facility consider whether you have the resources to provide detailed network infrastructure design to the architects design team or subcontractors; typically an electrical design draftsman. If the architect is providing the network design evaluate the skills/resources they are providing. If you are not totally confident that you have this area covered, consider hiring an outside network design consultant to provide the necessary design input.
Amik works with Engineering and Architectural
Teams to design network infrastructure in support of better business environments.
If you would like to know more about our Network Design services, about Amik Technology, about how this area of the industry is evolving, or how this technology can lead to better buildings and architecture, then contact us. References are available!
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Today, businesses are turning to flexible
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months, not years. The Nortel Hot
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Seagate in a recent VAR Channel Webinar talked about their intrepretation of "Greening Your Storage". Seagate says there are two trends in the market these days:
- The move from 3.5" down to 2.5 inch drives as the new drives are more material and energy efficient.
- The implementation of solid state drives in place of rotating media.
What else was interesting in the seminar ... Serial Attached SCSI (SAS Drives) use them anywhere you would think of putting a Serial ATA (SATA) disk where you want server level reliability instead of tier 3 consumer quality drives.
Upgrading to Vista
Before you decide, run the Micorsoft Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor
Daylight Savings Time Issue
As of August 2005 the US legislated and increase of daylight savings time by 4 weeks. Ontario is going to parallel these changes. In fact there are some 32 changes internationally that will be made to your timezone file through this update from when win2000 was released.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 states that daylight saving changes based on the follow table:
In 2006, daylight time begins on April 2 and ends on October 29.
In 2007, daylight time begins on March 11 and ends on November 4.
In 2008, daylight time begins on March 9 and ends on November 2.
Microsoft DST Info
XP-SP2 users should run automatic update end of February. the changes should be pushed out by then. You can manually download and run a update file that quickly patches your PC Operating System Now
Windows 2000 users need to manually patch the operating system by updating the timezone database then refreshing the current control set information.
Corporate users can do this through Group Policy or via SMS.
More Microsoft Patch info
Microsoft - Quick and easy DST fixers
-One for XP / 2000 / 2003
-One for 98 / ME
Novell DST Info
Daylight Savings Time change affects Novell Groupwise
The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) stores rules about DST observance all around the globe. Older JREs will have outdated rules that will be superseded by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. As a result, applications running on an older JRE may report incorrect time from March 11, 2007 through April 2, 2007 and from October 29, 2007 through November 4, 2007.
If you are interested in High Quality, Long Range
Wireless (< 80 Kilometers), consider
Wireless Product Line now
available from Amik Technology
- To do Gigabit to the desktop, Backbone speeds
need to be 10 Gigabit or faster. Laser optimized fibre supports
much longer lengths than standard cable. Additionally consider
50 micron over the standard 62.5 micron cable.
more about 10-Gigabit Ethernet
- Drafting Symbols for Telecommunications
Design - The industry needs to develop a standard set of symbols
for documenting the design of managed cable systems (networks).
- Richard Dunfee,
BICSI Training Program Manager reports:
"There is now an attempt under the new division created
by Construction Specifications Institute to create a symbol
set for telecommunications. You can look at existing suggestions
by visiting www.division17.net.
Then scroll down to TACS Industry Drawing Symbology."
- Use of properly designed and installed hanger systems
for cable can reduce your long term costs. This article fits into
current thinking about managed cable systems. It is important
to manage all building cable; data, mechanical system control,
security, inter comm, and telephony. Failure to properly plan for
upgrades or removal can create environmental issues and long term removal costs.
and Cable Tray Benefits Article
"Did you know? Virtually all communications
cables manufactured during the past 20+ years had outer jackets
made of PVC that contained high levels of LEAD (2-7%)."
How to build a Greener Building... Environmental
pollutants are a big area of consideration these days. Contaminants
such as lead emerge in the most unusual products. We all take things
like data cable for granted. Too often cost and performance are
the primary issues considered when purchasing data cable.
Before you cable, have a look at new lead-free
PVC and other cable options.
See BOMA's June 2003 updated article on Lead-free
See also May's Article on Structured
Health Risks in Cabling Systems
Cable Triggers Code Compliance Issues
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