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ICT Today January/February/March 2021

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January/February/March 2021 I 3 SUBMISSION POLICY ICT TODAY is published quarterly in January/February/March, April/May/June, July/August/September, and October/November/December by BICSI, Inc., and is sent to BICSI members, RCDDs, RTPMs, DCDCs, BICSI Installers and Technicians and ESS, NTS, OSP, RITP and WD credential holders. ICT TODAY subscription is included in BICSI members' annual dues and is available to others through a purchased yearly subscription. ICT TODAY welcomes and encourages submissions and suggestions from its readers. Articles of a technical, vendor-neutral nature are gladly accepted for publication with approval from the Editorial Review Board. However, BICSI, Inc., reserves the right to edit and alter such material for space or other considerations and to publish or otherwise use such material. The articles, opinions and ideas expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the contributing authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BICSI, its members or its staff. BICSI is not liable in any way, manner or form for the articles, opinions and ideas, and readers are urged to exercise professional caution in undertaking any of the recommendations or suggestions made by authors. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission from BICSI, Inc. ADVERTISING: Advertising rates and information are provided upon request. Contact the BICSI Sales Department for information at +1 813.979.1991 or 800.242.7405 (U.S. and Canada toll-free) or cnalls@bicsi.org. Publication of advertising should not be deemed as endorsement by BICSI, Inc. BICSI reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to reject any advertisement at any time by any party. POSTMASTER: Send change of address notices to BICSI, Customer Care, 8610 Hidden River Pkwy, Tampa, FL 33637-1000; Phone: +1 813.979.1991 or 800.242.7405 (U.S. and Canada toll-free). © Copyright BICSI, 2021. All rights reserved. BICSI and RCDD are registered trademarks of BICSI, Inc. contents FROM THE PRESIDENT 05 Creating a Better Culture Through Thoughtful-Based Leadership By Todd W. Taylor, RCDD, NTS, OSP COVER ARTICLE 06 Facilitating POLs over Existing Multimode Fiber Cabling Infrastructures with MPLC-Enabled Technology: To meet the high-speed and growing requirements for higher bandwidth, the first inclination is to install optical singlemode fiber. However, this approach in many instances makes the renovation of a standard LAN into a POL complex and costly. But what if an enterprise could benefit from the advantages of POL, while keeping its existing multimode fiber network? By Kevin Lenglé, Ph.D. 19 How to Properly Deploy and Test POLs to Support Growing Demands: Most of the challenges inherent in POL deployment can be avoided by adopting efficient and thorough test procedures for the installed fiber optic cables and active devices before final turn-up. Learn how testing ensures first-time-right service turn-up and enables meeting customer deployment objectives. By Stéphane Chabot 28 How to Plan a Future-Proof Cable Infrastructure for PoE and Wi-Fi: As PoE and Wi-Fi standards evolve to meet the demand for higher power, speed, and bandwidth, category cabling is also evolving, providing future proofing and maximizing return on a building's cabling infrastructure. Understanding today's category cable options will drive more informed decisions about cable plant design and installation. By David Fausz and Matt Marcus 36 Keeping Up with Optical Fiber—Fiber is the NOW: The increases in bandwidth throughout every segment of the network are going to require more optical fiber everywhere in the network. Capacity per cable is the main driver supported by both increases in capacity per fiber and the number of fibers in cables. Similar requirements will emerge in the access and data center market segments as 5G rolls out. By Zoren Bullock, Rodney Casteel, RCDD, NTS, OSP, DCDC, CBRS CPI, Tony Irujo, and Robert Reid 46 Designing and Creating the Ideal Audiovisual Experience—See, Hear, Feel: Audiovisual (AV) systems in classrooms and conference rooms are fast becoming a part of the data network. This places ICT professionals in a unique position to become the AV experts for their customers. This article addresses the most common questions that arise for placement of displays and speakers in order to achieve the ideal AV experience. By Jason Melton 58 AI IN ESS—HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS ENHANCING PHYSICAL SECURITY: Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a major disruptor in many parts of the economy. The built environment is no exception. Learn about the numerous examples and ideas of how AI can and will modify the norm of planning, designing, and implementing electronic safety and security (ESS) throughout vertical industries. By Nicholas Larkins, RCDD, CTS, LEED AP BD+C JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH 2021 Volume 42, Issue 1

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