Raised floors are the secret to excellent cable management in new venues.

What Is Cable Management?

The management of data (or telecommunication) and electrical cables is known as cable management. Cables that are incorrectly managed can cause disruptions to power and data throughout your space. When planning for cable installation in a new venue, you need to ensure that there will be a system designed specifically for the management and distribution throughout your space. Traditional cable management used now outdated solutions such as cable ladders, cabinets, trays, and baskets. However, as technology has improved, so has our ability to support that technology in office spaces. Today there is an alternative method for cable management in the form of low profile, fixed height raised floors. Proper cable management begins at the planning phase of a new venue and continues through the life of that space.

How Is Cable Management Used In Everyday Operations?

With the proliferation of digital technology in nearly every aspect of our lives, countless organizations across numerous sectors have found it necessary to integrate a growing number of digital tools into their operations.  The question many companies have right now is how organizations can utilize artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), deep learning (DL), and Big Data analytics. They’re beginning to draw up plans for Internet of Things (IoT) integration for smart building upgrades, among other high-tech things. And with the data and power demands of these up and comping IoT integrations, cable management has become increasingly important. If you’re planning to transform your organizational space into an intelligent space of the future, then utilizing a smart cable management solution such as raised floors will play a significant role from start to finish.

Welcome to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Whether you go with the term The Second Machine Age (coined by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee), the Third Industrial Revolution (coined by Jeremy Rifkin), the Fourth Industrial Revolution (coined by Klaus Schwab), or Society 5.0. (coined by the Japanese), they all share a single commonality: the promotion of an era of new technological advancements geared towards fusing technology and humanity into a single element.

A perfect example of this fusion can be found in the research being done promising super-human intelligence through brain augmentation. In an article entitled Research on creating human super-intelligence wins major new Science Prize published by Nano Magazine, augmentation of intelligence with brain implants will be a reality within the next decade. The senior researcher at Duke University, Ioan Opris, Ph.D., stated: “You will be amazed by how much we will have advanced in 2030.” So, what does that say about where we’re headed in terms of architecture?

Cable Management and the Future of Office Fit-Outs

For those planning and preparing to build or renovate workspaces better suited for a more connected and technologically integrated world, proper management of technology will undoubtedly play a significant role in designing and constructing smart structures. This includes things such as IoT devices and the numerous sensors that support them.

The rate at which technology advances increases exponentially, leaving organizations no other choice but to constantly upgrade. Thus, one of the most fundamental characteristics of any smart building will be adaptability. Organized and highly flexible architectural configurations will save organizations a lot of time and money as they incorporate new technologies—something that needs to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible to minimize downtime.

To successfully achieve a flexible architectural design, cable management solutions must be considered and agreed upon at the earliest stages of planning. This applies to newly constructed fit-outs, as well as retrofitting preexisting structures. Prioritizing cable management design and designing it well is probably the most essential aspect of any transformative workspace—period.

Raised Access Flooring: The Foundation of Adaptive Cabling Management

Gridd® Adaptive Cabling Distribution® system is specially designed with flexibility and adaptability in mind. It’s a floor that makes changing your technology infrastructure fast and efficient by changing and growing with your organization. Unlike raised floors of the past, Gridd® is a raised floor, cable management solution that meets today’s most demanding business environments. On top of that, innovative products such as GriddPower® and Gridd® Mobile allow facility managers, IT teams, electricians, and maintenance personnel full control over their power and data cabling beneath the Gridd® floor. To learn more about how Gridd® raised access flooring can help your organization build an adaptable fit-out, contact one of our friendly and knowledgeable experts today.

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