Finding Work Arounds
One common solution to this capacity problem was to locate data cables on a metal tray hanging within the ceiling air plenum. Using this strategy, data cables were brought to workstations in one of two ways – either downward or upward. Cables were fed downward through ceiling-to-floor conduits; or upward to the floor directly above the ceiling by core drilling through the floor slab.
Another even more radical and costly solution was to create a second “raised floor” made of panels and pedestals atop the existing floor. The space between the original and false floor could then be used to run cables.
For these reasons, In Floor Cellular Raceway Systems – the safest, easiest, most practical, flexible, organized, and economical means of cabling distribution – lost exposure within their target market. Within a single generation, cabling in the ceiling plenum, power/data poles, and raised access floors became the new normal, with power, data, and telecom now each being distributed in this manner.