Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 32 | Page 71

INTELLIGENT BRANDS // Cabling POWERED BY INSTALLATION TIME WAS GREATLY REDUCED BY USE OF THE HIGH- PERFORMANCE FIELD- INSTALLABLE CONNECTOR. allowed the costly and time-consuming step of fusion splicing to be skipped, as pigtails, patch cables and installation cables were directly connected. For the connectivity of its retail stores, the mall has utilised the very latest Cat. 7 S/ FTP cables with Cat. 6A outlets, while the CCTV connectivity is built on high-grade Cat. 6 cabling. This copper cabling network connects to a high-speed FO backbone that utilises OM3 fibre cabling. Located in the heart of Beirut, ABC Verdun is a prime urban retail and entertainment destination. The mall is spread across around 1.5 million square feet, with more than 140,000 square feet of gross leasable area (GLA) across six levels. The project hosts over 200 stores including a wide selection of international must-have brands, as well as movie theatres, around 30 restaurants and coffee shops and several new concept stores. This prioritisation of convenience for its customers prompted the IT team to shortlist R&M as the cabling vendor because of its reputation for quality and service. Moreover, R&M offered a 25-year system warranty on the cabling infrastructure, thereby ensuring it will be reliable and future-proofed. As a result, key systems now efficiently run on the high-speed cable network enabling everything from in-store payments to mall security and even systems that optimise its 1,700 car parking spaces. R&M’s long-standing pr