Five Industry Trends

Can you believe that it’s May already? The year has been flying for us, and it sounds like we’re not alone.

This month, I’d like to take a moment to share some of the trends we’re observing. Perhaps you’re seeing them too. In addition, I’d love to hear what trends you’re seeing so please email us at to share.


Our world is becoming more fiber-rich. We’ve been hearing that fiber will take over copper for many years, and in 2019 it appears to be gaining momentum. Although, until we can transmit power over glass, I think copper has a long life in its future.


As predicted, the amount of fiber deployed in the enterprise is growing. But it’s not just the quantity, it’s the type as well. We’re beginning to see more OM5 being specified this year than we saw in all of 2018 combined. It makes sense when you compare the costs for the SFPs for ultra-fast connections–40GbE and 100GbE.


We’re also seeing a strong interest in making the fiber termination process as efficient as possible. The time it takes to install is being scrutinized like never before. The search for tools that make terminations efficient has led to more fusion splice machines being sold than ever. Fortunately, the manufacturers have really stepped up their game and now offer more choices to meet this demand at incredible values.

Many or most of these machines now accommodate Splice-on-Connectors (SOC), which is a game changer for the installers. SOCs allow you to fuse right to the fiber stub in the connector. In turn, this eliminates the need for fusion sleeve holders and un-jacketed fiber strands looped in the rear of the fiber shelf. Now, all fibers can be managed and protected within a cassette-module, reducing accidental “day-2” fiber breaks.


Another trend is today’s new office space designs that are focused on the combination of Great Place to Work (GPTW) and collaboration, which also addresses the sounds of the work place. The trend is to keep people engaged and productive so that everyone wins, and we’re seeing speech privacy (also known as sound masking) as the go-to solution to improve privacy and increase productivity while keeping the construction budget in check. We partner with AtlasIED whose expertise and depth of product offerings meets virtually any work space need from small, simple office/clinic spaces to multi-floor, multi-zoned, multi-inputs systems that are very budget friendly.


Speaking of sound. The move to IP sound and communications is at full speed. More and more schools, hospitals and large campuses are choosing an IP communication system for daily communication needs as well as emergency mass notification compliance. AtlasIED offers some of the best in class end-points as well as an incredible announcement control system: GCK 3.0. If you prefer to stay in the Cisco world, the AtlasIED IPX system registers directly with Call Manager as well as Informacast.