After the floods

The the recent flooding in the UK and elsewhere is an inevitable consequence of global warming (and I don’t want to get into that argument here) then we will all be needing to heed some timely advice from networking specialist Wadsworth.

Lest we forget, ordinary insulated cables, whether carrying power or network signals, are not impermeable. And any cable subjected to immersion for any significant period of time can easily be compromised by water ingress. And the problem will be magnified if the termination of a cable - such as a wall outlet or network socket - is similarly immersed.

Expensive equipment saved from rising floodwater can just as easily be rendered inoperable by plugging it into damaged network infrastructure once the waters have receded. “We are concerned that many companies will simply ignore flood damage to the cabling infrastructure because it is not visible”, says Wadsworth Marketing Manager Paul Miller.

Miller’s advice is to thoroughly test all infrastructure before recommissioning, replace any terminations that have been exposed, and retest the system at six-week intervals to check for long-term damage.

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Laurence Marchini began his career in the electronics press with the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1980, cutting his teeth on a variety of learned and member publications, ranging from IEE Proceedings to Electronics and Power. He moved on to join the launch team of the innovative weekly Electronics Express in 1986, and became Editor just 18 months later. Sadly, Electronics Express lasted just four and a half years, wound up by the infamous Robert Maxwell. However, Laurence had already jumped ship and joined the world of electronics PR with the agency of the 1990s, Smith and Jones Communications. It seemed Laurence was lost to the world of journalism. But after 11 years we managed to lure him back as launch editor of Electronicstalk. Laurence is married to Sally and has a young son, Alexander.

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