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What is Siemon TBICSM?

Siemon offers a structured cabling design methodology that encompasses the controls aspect of all building automation services. These building automation services include Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC), Security, Lighting Controls, and Voice and Data systems. Total Building Integrated Cabling (TBICSM) allows for, intelligent control systems to be integrated and to share common resources. This design methodology details how to implement a structured cabling system within and between buildings. TBICSM accommodates any extra-low voltage (ELV) communications such as RS485, RS232, BACnet, LonMark, 10BASE-T, 10BASE-FL and others to operate over 24 AWG UTP, or optical fiber cabling.

Is a TBICSM system design covered by a warranty?

Yes, Siemon offers a comprehensive 20 year warranty including applications assurance. Applications assurance is designed for today's network protocols as well as tomorrow's. Siemon Certified Designers and Installers must be responsible for system design and installation for a Siemon Warranty to be issued.

What building automation systems can utilize TBICSM?

TBICSM supports a multi-vendor, multi-application system, allowing any building automation system (BAS) vendor to utilize existing design principals. Most equipment manufactures transmit communications via extra low voltage (ELV) signals. Since TBICSM is based on the use of traditional voice/data cabling products that support all ELV signaling systems, TBICSM offers complete applications support.

Does The Siemon Company have any partnerships with BAS vendors?

No, Siemon's TBICSM program does not have any active partnerships. TBICSM is an open system, eliminating the need for vendor-specific partnerships.

Why would someone want to implement TBICSM?

There are many benefits to various parties involved with building construction, maintenance and use. These benefits extend to the building owner, general contractor, facility manager, and building occupants. Everyone can benefit from the open systems architecture allowing multiple systems and multiple applications to operate over a common structured cabling system.

What exceptions have been made for TBICSM from typical structured cabling systems?

Several exceptions have been made to accommodate cabling of building automation systems. For instance, daisy chaining, bus topology, fault tolerant links, and bridge tapping are now acceptable when cabling any BAS device. Although these different cabling methods have been accommodated, there are many requirements to fulfill when implementing.

What is the long term benefits in implementing TBICSM?

There are many long-term benefits associated with implementing a TBICSM structured cabling system including:
*Quicker, easier and less expensive Adds/Moves/Changes.
*Existing cabling system can be used for System upgrades.
*Easier System Integration.
*Once system integration is complete the following also becomes a possibility:
-Operational costs will decrease.
-Remote troubleshooting of systems becomes possible.
-Less trained personnel will be required.

Does Utilization of TBICSM integrate building services?

No, TBICSM does not integrate building services. All building services run and operate separately. The one common aspect of these systems with TBICSM is the physical layer (i.e. cabling). Once the cabling is in place and all systems communicate over the same cabling system, integration becomes a reality.

How can I gather more information regarding TBICSM?

For more information, Contact your local office