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Stitching up better cabling in Adelaide

Voice&Data Staff

Upgraded cabling is helping an Adelaide hospital to deal with an increasing patient load.

The Lyell McEwin Health Service Hospital in Adelaide has a total of 200 beds, established centres for same-day treatment and student teaching. Over the last two years, the hospital has been adding to these resources with facilities to handle emergencies, intensive care, medical imaging and same-day surgery.

Before its latest phases of development, the hospital used Systimax PowerSUM UTP copper cabling and 110 patching hardware to connect its systems. To equip the new facilities and improve connectivity in existing buildings, it wanted an upgraded cabling infrastructure able to support new, network-intensive systems and at the same time, the hospital wanted to make savings in its operational costs.

In addition to higher performance, the hospital's IT department specified that its new structured cabling solution should serve all low-voltage applications on the site. As well as data and voice, these include systems for security, nurse call, medical diagnostics, heating and ventilation, access control, wandering patient alarms and CCTV.

After carefully comparing all cabling alternatives using the Department for Administration and Information Services (DAIS) guidelines, it decided to go forward with new generations of copper and fibre cabling solutions from Systimax Solutions.

"With the Systimax GigaSPEED XL and OptiSPEED solutions, we could also be sure

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our IT applications wouldn't be compromised or corrupted by other services using the same infrastructure," said Bob Leyssenaar, system support manager, Lyell McEwin Health Service Hospital.

To design the network, DAIS worked with the hospital's redevelopment committee and engaged local engineering consultants, Bestec, to fully document the total integration of the building engineering systems to run over a common structured cabling system. For the installation work, TAC Pacific chose Diverse Data Communications.

The network they designed and installed has 18 intermediate distribution frames, six on each of the buildings three levels. These are equipped with Systimax 110 VisiPatch network patching solution. VisiPatch hardware uses reverse patch cord technology that allows cords to be run through channels below each row of connector blocks. This avoids the 'patch cord spaghetti' that makes traditional panels so hard to work on and ensures that connector labels are clearly visible.

Systimax GigaSPEED XL 1071E cable is used for connections from the distribution frames to more than 5000 information outlets throughout the hospital. Used with VisiPatch panels, the end-to-end performance of this solution exceeds the performance specifications the international and local category 6 cabling standards.

"As well as cutting our network management and maintenance costs, the new, integrated infrastructure provides all the performance and reliability we need for present and future generations of systems." said Leyssenaar. "It also comes with end-to-end performance guarantees and application assurances covering all our systems - not just data and voice."