Building Riser Management

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Riser cabling is data and phone cabling that originates from the Minimum Point of Entry (MPOE), most commonly located in the basement, and is distributed to telco closets on each floor. From there, cables are dispersed to individual offices for phone, fax and internet services. It is essentially the central nervous system or "backbone" of all communications within a building.

Riser Management

Riser System Management is how vertical closets are maintained, supported, secured and extended from the MPOE (Minimum Point of Entry). What we see in most closets are a mixture of old and new equipment and/or circuits that are not properly labeled, maintained, or abandoned.

Because of the telecommunications industry’s evolving changes, a riser management company is fast becoming a requirement. Historically, telephone companies installed, owned and maintained building riser cables. Since the passing of the Telecom Act of 1996, the building owner is now accountable for the building riser system and the care of the building infrastructure cabling (Riser Cabling), as well as dealing with the Local Exchange Carriers (CLEC).

The building owner has to deliver or provide a means for delivery of circuits from the main telephone room to the tenant's floor or suite. Clean up of non-used or abandoned cabling infrastructure also falls into the responsibility of the building owner.

Some benefits of a riser management system include

  • Heightened building security
  • Accountability
  • Quick response time
  • Code compliance
  • Cost effective
  • One contract for management and tenants
  • Abandoned cabling removal
  • Circuit Extension or Relocation
  • Vertical Cabling Installation
  • Horizontal Cabling Installation
  • Third Party Circuit or Cable Installation
  • Create a traceable order process

Under a riser management contract, Systel will inspect and document all riser closets including
  • Riser closet security issues
  • Fire-stopping issues
  • Potential safety hazards
  • Termination configurations
  • Conduit capacities
  • Non-industry standard conditions
  • NEC code violations
  • Status of closet organization
  • Foreign equipment in riser closets
  • Potentially damaged cables
  • Potentially abandoned cables