Telecommunications Infrastructure Upgrade
- During the winter break (December 28-31, 2015), ITS completed work in the Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB) to update the campus fiber optic distribution infrastructure. Additionally, redundant fiber optic paths were created to help insure the campus systems will remain operational in the event of physical damage to the network infrastructure.
- Phase B project bid for the Telecom Room Improvement package 9097H, has been awarded to Mike Hinson Construction. Construction began the end of December 2015.
- Phase B project bid for the inside structured cabling package 9097 K- has been awarded to IES Construction.
- Phase B project bid for the inside structured cabling package 9097 J- has been awarded to 3D Datacom.
- Phase B project bid for the inside structured cabling package 9097 L- has been awarded to Johnson Electronics.
UC Santa Cruz developed a ten-year telecommunications master plan to upgrade the communications infrastructure over the next decade in support of campus instruction, research, and administration.
The intent of the TIU project is to provide a robust communications infrastructure with greater reliability and less down time, provide higher networking speeds of 1 Gb to the desktop to meet the needs of research initiatives, provide more extensive wireless coverage in recognition of the mobile environment we work and live in, and to converge the voice and data telephone system into voice over internet protocol (VoIP).
The Telecommunications Infrastructure Upgrade Project (TIU) is being implemented through a series of projects grouped in phases by geographic locations and grouped by each area’s primary network routing hub known as an Area Distribution Facility (ADF). Phases A-D are indicated on the map. In most areas, the outside plant fiber will be augmented and non-residential buildings will have telecommunication closets, inside building wire and network equipment upgraded.
In order to achieve this upgrade, Information Technology Services (ITS) and Physical Planning and Construction (PP&C) have joined efforts, with PP&C managing the capital construction portion and ITS managing the technology related construction upgrades.
There is significant construction required to achieve the goals of the TIU project: Telecommunications closets have to be expanded or created to house the new network equipment and to provide for battery or generator backup power, inside plant cabling has to be installed to replace the old and limited cabling currently in buildings, new outside plant fiber must be installed to provide sufficient connectivity and diverse paths, new interior and exterior wireless access points need to be added, new network switches must be installed in closets and Voice over IP cable telephones have to replace existing phone sets. This work will take place in four construction phases that take place over a period of five years. These four phases represent different campus geographic areas, grouped by each area’s primary network routing hub known as an Area Distribution Facility (ADF). A map of the campus showing the areas being upgraded during each phase can be found here:
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