To support its new PoE LED lighting system, Dubuque County needed a reliable, fast-installing category cable that would ensure performance across long distances
Located in northeast Iowa along the Mississippi River, Dubuque County is known as the point where Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin meet. It’s also one of Iowa’s two original counties, with a growing population of 97,000.
Known for its dedication to historic sites, Dubuque County is a showcase of wellpreserved buildings and homes, as well as a revitalized Main Street. Along with a handful of other buildings, its courthouse – built in 1891, featuring Beaux-Arts
architecture – is on the National Register of Historic Places and stands out as a landmark in downtown Dubuque.
Belden’s new REVConnect Connectivity System was launched halfway through the project; once it became available, it was used to simplify termination. Through a universal termination core, REVConnect utilizes a single termination method for all Category 5e, Category 6 and Category 6A RJ45 connections. The result is termination time savings of between 30% and 60%.
After his experiences with REVConnect, Gilmore plans to update the Dubuque County Specification General Requirement for Division 27 to include it as the default standard moving forward.
Belden cabinets and hardware were also used throughout the courthouse project.
In addition to lower energy bills, the lighting system also supports Dubuque County’s ongoing commitment to sustainability: It reduces overall environmental impact by eliminating the need for a metallic infrastructure and utilizing fixtures that are 100% recyclable.
“When you tell most people in charge of networks that you’re going to add hundreds of nodes to run IT-based lights – and they’re going to run over your network – it’s exciting and concerning because we’re adding hundreds of new things to our networks,” says Gilmore. “But this project went smoothly and everything is fine. I wouldn’t be shocked if we end up moving other traditional mechanical systems to the network now that we know we can run electricity so easily and safely.”
Thanks to the high performance and ease of installation created by combining Innovative Lighting and Belden solutions, the Dubuque County team plans to deploy the same solution in its new roads and maintenance facility, which is currently under construction.