Black Box to demonstrate at InfoComm 2013

What: InfoComm showcases the latest in digital signage, audio, video, networking, and more.

When: Wednesday, June 12th – Friday, June 14th 2013

Where: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

Stop by booth #5173 to see these solutions in action:

MediaCento™ IPX Multicast Transmitter

HD Video & Peripheral Matrix Switching
Gives multiple users fast, reliable access to high-quality, real-time digital video—plus a whole host of peripherals across the enterprise—whether in command and control, broadcasting, or collaborative AV applications.

AV Distribution & Scaling
Save by using an existing cabling infrastructure for analog or digital distribution over CATx or fiber. Or extend over a LAN by using standards-based Ethernet technology to multicast HD video and audio.

Networked Digital Signage
Easily implement a high-impact, content-rich digital signage solution to reach your target audience at the right place at the right time.

We hope to see you in Orlando!


The importance of structured cabling standards

Standards are the platform of all telecommunications networks. They establish guidelines and recommend best practices for every aspect of telecommunications cabling systems from network design and installation to cable performance and verification. Standards establish technical criteria and ensure uniformity and compatibility in and between networks, even multivendor networks.

In communications cabling, standards define cabling types, distances, connections, cabling architectures, performance parameters, testing requirements, and more. And because they provide recommended best practices, standards can reduce downtime and installation expenses. They simplify moves, adds, and changes. They maximize system availability, and they extend the usable lifetime of a cabling system. Standards enable you to build structured cabling systems that can easily accommodate existing technologies, equipment, and users, as well as future ones.

Today, there are two primary organizations involved in the development of structured cabling standards. The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) standards are usually specified in North America. The International Organization for Standardization standards are more commonly used outside of North America.

TIA LogoA short history of cabling standards.
Before 1985, there were no structured cabling standards. Phone companies used their own cabling. Businesses generally used a vendor’s proprietary system. Eventually, the Computer Communications Industry Association (CCIA) approached the Electronics Industries Alliance, formerly Association, (EIA) about developing cabling standards, which they did. Discussions centered around developing standards for voice, data, commercial, and residential cabling systems. (The TIA was formed in April 1988 after a merger of the United States Telecommunications Suppliers Association and the Information and Telecommunications Technologies group of the EIA.)

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