LED lights make patch cords visibly traceable

New cords from Belden also feature unique serial numbers and bar codes for mobile DCIM systems.

Jan 25th, 2013

Belden recently introduced traceable bonded-pair patch cords “to meet the ever-growing need to quickly and easily identify and trace network connections in today’s high-density and mission-critical infrastructure environments,” the company says.

Product line manager Benoit Chevarie commented, “Finding patch cord connections within densely populated patching areas is a challenge that is overcome by deploying Belden’s traceable bonded-pair patch cords. Belden’s cords feature an integrated and exceptionally bright LED light that enables easy identification of where the cord is connected.”

The LED light is activated with a button-press on the plug, and flashes on both ends of the cord. Belden offers the traceable cords in 10GX (Category 6A) performance for 10-Gbit applications, as well as Cat 6+ performance for Gbit applications.

Belden pointed out the cords also offer the following features.

  • Bright LED with a battery life expectancy of 7 years of 1,000 applications. The battery is also replaceable.
  • A standard, unique serial number and bar code on each end of each cord, for use with mobile data center infrastructure management (DCIM) systems.
  • Construction incorporating Belden’s Bonded Pair technology (which is patented), which the company says ensures long-term performance through the rigors of multiple moves, adds and changes.
  • The LED blinks for 20 seconds and can be stopped at any time with a second press of the button.

Belden worked with Cormant Inc. to develop a standard feature that provides each traceable patch cord with a unique serial number and bar code at each end. This code can be scanned using mobile-enabled DCIM systems, including the Cormant-CS DCIM system, to manage end-to-end connectivity and inventory throughout an enterprise. Belden points out that because the cords are identified and managed using a bar code, they do not require additional physical equipment to solve the challenge of enterprise connectivity management—“bringing true intelligence to patch management,” the company concludes.

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