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Intelligent building management is growing in global popularity, particularly in Middle Eastern countries such as the UAE, where state-of-the-art property developments aggressively vie for investor attention. In order to fast-track project delivery in such a highly competitive market, many developers opt to equip modern structures with traditionally designed systems running on proprietary networks for various building management systems as well as separate telephony, data, and television networks. This has led to the emergence of numerous complex network management issues, and, unfortunately, the installation of systems at exorbitant costs but with limited functionality and automation.

Online billing, building performance displays, and maintenance requests. IELV systems may include fire detection and alarm; voice evacuation; voice and data communication; public address; access controls; intrusion detection; closed-circuit TV; audio-visual; cellular phone and wireless distribution; and other auxiliary systems.

The installation of the necessary ELVS pathways requires early-stage planning of the appropriate containment systems so that experienced network architects can determine and design optimum routes. This enables the reduction of cable runs while maintaining performance standards.

IEEE-compliant structured cabling supports the core Internet Protocol (IP) network and provides systems interconnectivity. A crucial installation element is the software platform and application, which all ensure that ELVS components are coordinated and communicating correctly. ELVS can be deployed in existing buildings, although this would entail considerable expense. It is best that building owners and operators think ahead and adopt integrated ELVS at the design and construction phases.