Siemon educates on IT infrastructure across Middle East in conjunction with Cisco, BICSI

May 16, 2019
In her keynote presentation during the opening day of this year's BICSI MEA conference, Siemon's Valerie Maguire explored how and why single-pair cabling is finding its way into today’s enterprise automation and IoT networks.

Global IT infrastructure specialist Siemon reports that it successfully completed a series of educational events across the Middle East to share knowledge and expertise on the latest developments and trends impacting enterprise, intelligent building and data center infrastructure.

During an Emerging Technology Forum (ETF) seminar held last month at the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel in Kuwait City, Valerie Maguire, Director of Standards and Technology at Siemon, delivered a copper, fiber and wireless applications technology update to educate IT industry professionals on the structured cabling implications of emerging and recently published wired Ethernet, wireless Ethernet LAN, and remote powering applications. 

The seminar was held in partnership with Cisco and attracted a large audience of more than 80 attendees, including end users, consultants, architects and partners from the region. 

Commenting on the subject of her talk, Maguire said, “Wired Ethernet technology under development covers a broad spectrum including 40Gb/s over balanced twisted-pair, remote power delivery using four pairs, 400Gb/s over optical fiber, single-pair Ethernet and more. Looking at wireless Ethernet, recent developments include the second wave IEEE 802.11ac technology. In my talk, I highlight the impact these developments have on structured cabling to help ensure enterprise building and data center professionals put IT infrastructure in place that is ready to support this latest technology wave.” 

At the seminar, Siemon also showcased a range of its products, including demonstrations of its ConvergeIT cabling solutions for intelligent buildings and high-density data center equipment. Attendees learned how the latest technology on offer can provide specific advantages to them. 

Siemon’s educational roadshow then moved on to the UAE and the BICSI Middle East and Africa conference and exhibition in Dubai where Valerie Maguire, together with other industry experts, delivered a masterclass seminar on the subject of ‘Remote power delivery and the role four-pair Power over Ethernet (PoE) plays in powering the future of intelligent buildings and the IoT’.  

Addressing designers, installers and maintainers alike, the masterclass explored new capabilities of four-pair PoE and how it will affect cabling design, installation, and testing. Valerie provided valuable advice on cable media selection and design strategies, stressing that shielded copper cabling including Category 6A and 7A cabling and a zone cabling design approach offer the greatest benefits when power is delivered over structured cabling. 

In her keynote presentation during the opening day of the BICSI MEA conference, Maguire explored how and why single-pair cabling is finding its way into today’s enterprise automation and IoT networks. Attendees learned how single-pair Ethernet sufficiently provides power and data to many automation controllers, sensors, and M2M devices and how single-pair cabling standards will facilitate deployment of generic infrastructure to support future IoT devices and technology. 

“We are very pleased with the amount of interest our ETFs and educational presentations received both in Kuwait City and Dubai. This confirms the importance of ongoing education and development amongst industry professionals in the Middle East”, reflects Prem Rodrigues, Sales and Marketing Director for Middle East, India and SAARC at Siemon. “Siemon has always been very dedicated to sharing knowledge and technical expertise and to helping infrastructure managers understand how the latest technology can future-proof their networks. We will certainly continue to offer these educational events in the future.” 

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