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New ANSI/TIA 606-B to be published

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Telecommunications Industries Alliance (TIA) has completed the task of ratifying ANSI/TIA-606-B.


March 21, 2012  


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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Telecommunications Industries Alliance (TIA) has completed the task of ratifying ANSI/TIA-606-B.

ANSI/TIA-606-B is designed to be a generic labeling standard that applies to all types of premises. The standard is backward compatible with the legacy ANSI/TIA/EIA-606-A Addendum 1 and is compatible with the international standard ISO/IEC TR14763-2-1 identifiers.

In order to be generic to all types of premises, terminology was adopted from the TIA-568-C.O. standard in which Cabling Subsystem 1 is now what was commonly referred to as the “Horizontal Link”. The (1) does not mean anything in particular except to differentiate Cabling Subsystem 1 links from Cabling Subsystem 2 and 3 links which we commonly referred to as “Cross Connects” or “Backbone” cables. The standard allows one level of cross connection in Cabling Subsystem 1 and two levels of cross connection in Cable Subsystem 2 and 3 cabling.  

The new 606-B standard not only services the data centre, but also commercial, residential, industrial and healthcare facilities. It now establishes guidelines for owners, end users, manufacturers, consultants, contractors, designers, installers, and facilities administrators involved in the administration of the telecommunications infrastructure.

In addition, by harmonizing with ISO/IEC TR14763-2-1, the updated standard can be implemented internationally. The new standard is meant to increase the value of the system owner’s investment by reducing labour costs associated with maintaining complex infrastructure systems, a result that extends the useful economic life of the system and provides effective service to the users in a variety of industries, markets and international countries.

The original TIA-606-A (reaffirmed in 2007) was designated to identify and record the general administration, but did not address the specific needs of the data centre design and installation.

The TIA-606-A Addendum 1, published in 2008, reconciled the 606-A with the TIA’s 942 data centre standard. The original 606-A did not acknowledge data centres and the 942 did not consider general administration. The two concepts came together in TIA-606-A Addendum 1.

Todd Fries, marketing manager with HellermanTyton’s identification systems group, is a member of the TR42.6 subcommittee, which is developing the new TIA-606-B labeling standard.