It seems as if many people talk about the future a lot. The problem with such discussions is that if predicting the future were easy, many of us would not be working today because we would have made a fortune in the stock market by now.
It is a fact of life that we need to secure our homes and places of business. But security cannot rest on its laurels alone. For security to truly fit the end-users’ needs, it has to incorporate many facets of supervision and control.
Financial institutions, bank branches, and a variety of other lending organizations generally have one thing in common—money. And, that money sometimes has to be protected from unscrupulous persons who might want to grab what’s not legally theirs.
Experts expect the 10 Gigabitt Ethernet (10Gig-E) standard to be completed by March 2002. One of the first questions to ask is, why should we need 10Gig-E when 1Gig-E was only standardized a couple of years ago?
Recently, there has been a surge of interest and activity in using Ethernet as a wide area network (WAN) technology. This is surprising because Ethernet was developed as a local area network (LAN) technology, serving to deliver data between computers within the same building.
Last month we looked at the state of Gigabit Ethernet today and recognized that it will be confined to backbone networks and server connections for the reasonably foreseeable future, simply because most desktops can’t use such speed.
Let’s begin this series on Gigabit Ethernet by recognizing the state of local area networks (LAN) wiring today. (My Gigabit Ethernet article in the September 2000 issue of Electrical Contractor provides background.)
Bells and whistles don’t always sell low-voltage products. It’s the tried-and-true equipment that has become indispensable to commercial, industrial, and institutional customers. This equipment holds a market, and intercoms and paging systems are a perfect example. New they’re not.
Electronic technology is among the fastest changing industries in the world. As technology changes, more sophisticated equipment is developed. With new technology and equipment come changes in the method of connecting the equipment in both new and existing buildings.