24.03.2014

Sound basis for a long life cycle

FHS University Centre uses high-performance Class FA cabling system from Datwyler

In July 2013 the St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences (FHS) opened its new University Centre by the main station. The university’s teaching, research and services are enjoying the benefits of the new building, not least the cutting edge technology, including a high-performance Class FA communications network from Datwyler.

"My experience over the past 25 years has always been that a good foundation is essential for long service life", explained Harald Pintarelli, Building Technology Facility Services at FHS. "With a view to the defined life cycle, which is between 25 and 30 years for the whole building, and a high level of investment protection, the Cantonal Building Department invited tenders for a Class FA universal communications cabling system providing a standardised bandwidth of 1000 megahertz." 

A solution from Datwyler Cabling Solutions was selected. On the floors this comprises symmetrical type CU 7150 4P copper data cable and type PS-GG45 connectors. Cables and connecting technology conform to Category 7A up to 1000 megahertz. They even support a maximum bandwidth of 1500 MHz, so provide extremely high reserve capacity for multimedia and future applications beyond 10 gigabit Ethernet.

Between January and December 2012 the telematics specialists at Huber+Monsch AG in St. Gallen installed around 125 kilometres of Datwyler copper data cable and 4400 modules. For the backbone into the data centre the installers used approximately four kilometres of type FO Universal OM3 fibre optic cable with 24 and 48 fibres. Datwyler also supplied a variety of fire safety cables, for example for the power supply to the smoke and heat extraction system and the fire service lift.

The new communications network, which has been in operation since January 2013, not only provides the FHS with secure high-speed data transmission, but also incorporates the IP telephones, audio systems, video beamers and WLAN. The WLAN access points take the power they need via the data cables (PoE, Power over Ethernet).

The FHS is very satisfied with the cabling system. "The high quality specifications were all met", says Harald Pintarelli. "This applies to the materials used as well as to the careful routing, connection and measurement. In this respect the new network has been running without a single hitch right from the start."