BSRIA: Cisco’s Digital Ceiling at the forefront of the cabling industry’s hottest topic

July 21, 2016
As part of the Digital Ceiling ecosystem, cabling systems are a fundamental element of convergence and the move to digitization of building systems.

BSRIA, which provides market-intelligence studies and services for the structured cabling market globally, recently said that its most recently published study shows that the hot topic in the cabling industry is convergence and the impact of digitization. “With the launch of its Digital Ceiling, Cisco has, with its many partners, boosted the level of interest in convergence,” BSRIA noted. “And cabling suppliers and channel players are expecting to see an increase in demand for cabling, and in particular, for higher-specification cabling.”

As we reported previously, BSRIA’s study found that the worldwide structured cabling market declined by three percent, measured in U.S. dollars, in 2015. The study also reported that the increase in the sale of copper cables, sold by volume, was very low—indicating some competitive pressure in the market. BSRIA expects only a small increase in sales of copper cables this year.

“Overall, not much growth is expected from sales of cabling for data points,” BSRIA explained. “The main area of future growth is expected to be in the cabling of wireless access points and other services—also called distributed building services [DBS] such as CCTV, access points, access control, AV, whiteboards, digital signage, lighting and BACS/HVAC controls.”

BSRIA additionally found that most of the large converged intelligent buildings are new-build or major refurbishments in verticals like retail/shopping centers, high-end offices, universities, hospitals, airports, sports stadiums, government buildings, hotels and luxury departments.

Lone Hansen, worldwide market intelligence manager for BSRIA’s IT Cable Group, said, “The impact of convergence on the structured cabling market will continue to be limited as the growth in WAPs and DBS is coming from a small base. The main factor that could boost the market is the performance of solutions for the retrofit market. Most of the buildings in the UK and western world date from before 1990, and only 15 to 20 percent have been built since 1990. An estimated 20 to 25 percent of non-residential buildings in the western world have a sophisticated enterprise management system.

“Most buildings have local area networks, although the standard and quality will vary and the option of adding new products and services to existing networks are limited. The uptake of IP products has increased—particularly for BACS, CCTV and access controls. However, many of these solutions are installed as standalone solutions, and are not converged. This is partly due to the silos in the construction industry, which each area generally tender separately, which leads to a lack of holistic thinking.”

Find out more about BSRIA’s Worldwide Market Intelligence offerings here.

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