EES - June 2011

June 2011

Why certified, structured cabling?

In an intelligent building solution, why certified, structured cabling?

“As engineers or integrators and builders, we are all becoming aware of the trend towards an integrated ‘single-platform’ or structured electronic cabling system for buildings.  But what we are not necessarily clued up on is the way quality, consistency and sustainability is being managed by the various stakeholders.”

This is according to Bradley Hemphill, Managing Director of Electrical Engineering Solutions (EES), a leader in project managing the provision of Information Technology (IT) solutions to the built environment. 

Let’s have a quick recap: structured cabling is a unified network or electronic data backbone, consisting of interconnected purpose-built rooms, with copper and fibre connectivity throughout a building in a pre-engineered intelligent system design.  Its purpose is to carry all electronic services on a unified network or internet protocol (IP) platform, enabling more effective and efficient management of these building services. 

Commonly used building services (or systems) include a BMS/HVAC system (controlling ventilation and air-conditioning), lighting control, access control, CCTV, computer networking (Data) and now more frequently telephony, multimedia and energy management systems.

“The installation of certified, structured cabling is crucial when building a reliable and resilient intelligent infrastructure that can meet future demands,” explains Hemphill.  “However, when installing such a cabling network, the partnership between manufacturers and integrators becomes vital in ensuring a quality end product.”     read more
From My Pen

IT – fundamental to good corporate governance

The recognition given to Information Technology (IT) by King III, the latest version of the King report on corporate governance, is particularly encouraging to those in our industry.   

King III sets out guidelines to achieve this, and now for the first time includes IT governance in detail, devoting an entire chapter to the role of IT in corporate governance.    

King III recognizes that IT is “an integral part of doing business today, as it is fundamental to the support, sustainability and growth of organizations.”  It goes on to point out that “IT cuts across all aspects, components and processes in business.”

This makes perfect sense when one considers the vital nature of an IT operational system with regards to, for example Human Resources, Marketing and Communication, and how it is increasingly a business’ core service offering.  As a functional system, both physically (in terms of infrastructure) and practically (in terms of corporate/desktop/user/client applications) IT reaches into most arenas, and therefore needs to be taken seriously when considering business processes and strategy.

King III defines the role of IT and suggests what a company should be doing to optimize its role.  For example it outlines and encourages the use of auditable metrics against which “environmental compliance” in the triple bottom line of a company can be measured.  

However, as King III cautions: “As well as being a strategic asset to the company, IT rollout also presents organisations with significant risks.  The strategic asset of IT and its related risks and constraints should be well governed and controlled to ensure that IT supports the strategic objectives of the organisation.”

King III stipulates that directors should ensure that prudent and reasonable steps have been taken with respect to IT governance, and suggests the use of international guidelines and frameworks to achieve this.

At EES we see this new emphasis on IT as an encouraging development.  We feel it presents a positive opportunity to highlight and promote the integral role IT plays in businesses today, and strongly believe that the guidance and recommendations in King III should be implemented.

Bradley Hemphill
Managing Director