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Cabling for Smart Buildings [SP7700]

Integration of Building Automation Systems over a single infrastructure is increasingly becoming a project requirement & hence a challenge for cabling designers. This course looks at that shift and how all the various building automation systems play a role in that, including the 4th Utility concept, PoE, Wifi & IBW, PoE, LED Lighting, BAS Architecture & Design,  SAC systems and Single Pair Ethernet. v4

Estimated study time: 8 hours 30 minutes

Overall content duration: 7 hours 50 minutes


The webcasts for this course are available in the following languages:

 Chinese Danish Dutch Finnish French German Hungarian Italian Japanese Korean Portuguese Russian Spanish Swedish Turkish

plus additional languages available for assessments.


This course is intended for all those who will be directly involved in positioning the concept of structured cabling as the 4th Building Utility with those responsible for building projects. Design specialists that will interface with the various Intelligent Building vendors and will plan and tailor a cabling infrastructure to support each system. The primary audience is for those already qualified in course SP3321 Design and Engineering, Partners, Consultants and Customers considering integration of Building Systems into a future project design.

Pre-requisite experience

Intelligent Buildings is a specialist topic and requires knowledge of Enterprise infrastructures, so the ideal pre-requisite for this course is to have taken the SP3321 SYSTIMAX Design and Engineering course in advance.


  • Identify intelligent building infrastructure opportunities
  • Understand building automation subsystem architecture
  • List and describe connection requirements for the following building management systems:
    • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems (HVAC)
    • Energy Management systems (EMS)
    • Fire, Life, and Safety systems (FLS)
    • WiFi and In-building wireless
    • Security and Access Control systems (SAC)
    • IP & LED lighting
    • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
    • BAS architecture
    • Single Pair Ethernet (SPE)
  • List the Intelligent Building application guides
  • Describe the system design and engineering process

Key Topics

Integration of Building Automated Systems (BAS) over a single infrastructure is increasingly becoming a project requirement. The motivations for integration have never been more apparent than today, it makes financial sense, standards have emerged and increasingly BAS vendors are looking to integrate to the IP/LAN environment. BAS shall be explained in terms of market, motivations, standards, Infrastructure design, connectivity, performance and products.

The 4th Utility Concept – Intelligent building concept, motivation, investment protection, costs, energy saving support, BAS and Ethernet/IP, regulations, project opportunities, project cycles, decision makers, specification and BID, BAS applications.

BAS Architecture and Design – BAS Architectures, BAS standards, BAS Design, Coverage Areas and Topologies, BAS channel design, BAS device connection, coverage area planning, using Data/Voice cabling for BAS, Equipment subsystems, definitions, TR, MER, HCP, bridging fields, centralized designs, containment and raceway support.

Application Guides and Technical Specifications  - BAS Applications, Lonworks, EIA interfaces, control applications, Device ID, analog and digital signaling distances, power tables, calculating distance, current limits for cables, maximum operating voltages, resistance circuits, voltage drops, power dissipation, fusing, connections to end devices, audio signals, BAS pinout assignments, shared sheath, BAS test configurations.

Security & Access Control (SAC) Systems – CCTV, Access control, Elevator control systems, security design considerations, analog and digital video signals and transmission. Fixed and PTZ CCTV, IP/network CCTV, Remote camera power considerations, TIA and IBIS power specifications, Voltage drops, access, structured cabling, IPTV and broadband distribution.

HVAC, EMS and FLS – Architectures, energy management systems, HVAC coverage areas, equipment, chiller plant, cooling tower, boiler, air handling, pumps and outside air wiring options, HVAC and EMS wire point interfaces, pinouts to RJ45, Lighting reduction control, Fire Life Safety standards, cabling, components, device functions, device interfaces.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) systems – Power cabling today, motivation for PoE, drivers, latest IEEE802.3 standards, standard PD power classes, Power over Data Lines (PoDL)  Power Interfaces (PI), PSE output, PoE channel designs, PoEPlus.

LED Lighting - Motivation for LED lighting , solutions and design. Low voltage structured cabling, safety and security and energy savings.

WiFi Solutions - WiFi standards and design including IBW (In- building Wireless). Increased demand equals higher density. BYOD Challenges.  Backhaul cabling. Wireless access points locations and cabling. RF planning and recommendations.

Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) Look at this new emerging technology and CommScope’s work with the standards bodies. Applications, connectors, cable and distances.

How will I learn?

You will study this course online in a self- paced format.

The course is made up of a number of webcast lessons and online multiple choice assessments giving immediate feedback. It is supported by a number of downloadable support documentation in most lessons.

Successful completion will require:

Any level of pass in the accumulative overall assessment score.

Upon successful completion you will:

Receive a certificate which can be self-printed. If you are a CommScope Partner you’ll be entered on the CommScope certification database and a badge is available to you via the Infrastructure Academy App if you are already qualified in SP3321 Authorized SYSTIMAX Engineering (ASE).

Certificate is valid for 4 years. BICSI CECs are available for this course, please check the BICSI support document in your resources area for details.

Effective Jun2022, BICSI recognizes SP7700 - Cabling for Smart Buildings training for BICSI continuing Education Credits (CECs).

Is this the right course for me?

If you are involved in positioning or designing BAS during the sales or specification phase or responsible for project managing and need to understand this complex specialist infrastructure topic, then this course is for you.

Course information:

BICSI CECs: 6 Event ID: OV-COMM-OC-0622-1

Certificate valid for 4 years

Estimated study time: 8 hours 30 minutes

Overall content duration: 7 hours 50 minutes

Course Benefits

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Effective learning
  • Learn on the go and on-site
  • Cost effective
  • Consistent training globally
  • Available in many languages
  • Access latest material

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