Proper administration of the telecommunications cabling plant can reduce the labor expense of maintaining the infrastructure, extend the useful economic life of the system, and provide more effective service to users.  A well-planned administration system is independent of supported applications, which may change multiple times throughout the life of the cabling plant.  Administration guidelines apply to owners, end users, manufacturers, consultants, contractors, designers, installers, and others involved in the administration of the telecommunications infrastructure.

ANSI/TIA-606-B “Administration Standard for Telecommunications Infrastructure” was developed by the TIA TR-42.6 Infrastructure Administration Subcommittee and published in June, 2012.  This Standard specifies four classes of administration based upon the complexity of the cabling plant being administered.  An administration system for telecommunications infrastructure within buildings and between buildings may include:

  • assigning identifiers to components of the infrastructure
  • specifying elements of information that make up records for each identifier
  • specifying relationships between these records to access the information they contain
  • specifying reports presenting information on groups of records, and
  • specifying graphical and symbolic requirements

ANSI/TIA-606-B-1 “Addendum 1, Automated Infrastructure Management Systems” was published in December, 2015 and expands the content of TIA-606-B by defining core and auxiliary functions of automated infrastructure management (AIM) systems.  The content of this addendum replaces clause 13 of TIA-606-B.

ANSI/TIA-606-B Content

  • Classes of Administration
  • Class 1 Administration
  • Class 2 Administration
  • Class 3 Administration
  • Class 4 Administration
  • Optional Identifiers for Infrastructure Elements
  • Color-Coding Identification
  • Permanent Labels
  • Linkages and Reports
  • Automated Infrastructure Management Systems
  • Annexes addressing Identification of Patch Cords, Equipment Cords, and Direct Equipment-to-Equipment Cables, Telecommunications Grounding System Identification Example, and Graphical, Symbology, and Drawing Elements of Administration

ANSI/TIA-606-B-1 Content

  • Automated Infrastructure Management Systems

Administration Classes

Four classes of administration are specified in this Standard to accommodate the wide range of complexity present in the cabling plant.  Class 1 contains the less stringent and Class 4 contains the most stringent administration requirements.  The size and complexity of the cabling plant are the most relevant considerations in determining the minimum class of administration.

The four classes of administration are:

  • Class 1 provides for the telecommunications infrastructure administration needs of a premises that is served by a single equipment room (ER)
  • Class 2 provides for the telecommunications infrastructure administration needs of a single building or of a tenant that is served by single or multiple telecommunications spaces (e.g., an equipment room with one or more telecommunications rooms) within a single building
  • Class 3 provides for the telecommunications infrastructure administration needs of a campus, including its buildings and outside plant elements
  • Class 4 provides for the telecommunications infrastructure administration needs of a multi-campus/multi-site system

An administration system may be managed using a paper-based system, general purpose spreadsheet software, special-purpose cable management software, or Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM) systems.

Elements Addressed

This Standard specifies an administration system for the following elements of a generic telecommunications infrastructure:

  • cabling Subsystem 1, 2, and3 pathways and cabling
  • telecommunications bonding and grounding
  • spaces (e.g., entrance facility, telecommunications room, equipment room), and
  • fire-stopping

 Typical Telecommunication Elements for Administration

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