ANSI/TIA-1179-B: Healthcare Facility Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard


ANSI/TIA-1179-B “Healthcare Facility Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard” was developed by the TIA TR‑42.1 Premises Telecommunications Infrastructure Subcommittee and published in June, 2023.

Scope: This Standard provides specifications for the planning and installation of a structured cabling system for healthcare facilities and buildings. In addition to IT systems, the structured cabling specified by this Standard is also intended to support a wide range of clinical and non‑clinical systems such as non‑IP and IP‑based RFID, BAS, nurse call, security, access control, and pharmaceutical inventory. Included are requirements for cabling, cabling topologies, cabling distances, pathways and spaces (e.g., sizing and location), and other ancillary requirements. Guidance on selection of media and network design is provided and of particular importance for larger healthcare facilities, which may have a useful life far longer than traditional office‑oriented commercial buildings.

Significant changes from the previous edition include:

  • References updated
  • Two category 6A or higher performing cabling runs for every wireless access point added as a requirement, with additional horizontal links recommended
  • Single twisted-pair cabling, as specified in TIA-568.5, added as recognized media for all cabling subsystems
  • Document restructured to follow the same general format as TIA-568.1-E

ANSI/TIA-1179-B Content:

  • Telecommunications Cabling System Structure
  • Topology
  • Entrance Facilities
  • Equipment Rooms
  • Telecommunications Rooms and Telecommunications Enclosures
  • Backbone Cabling (Cabling Subsystem 2 and Cabling Subsystem 3)
  • Horizontal Cabling (Cabling Subsystem 1)
  • Work Area
  • Coverage Area
  • Multi-Tenant Building Spaces
  • Cabling Installation Requirements
  • Administration and Office Area Requirements
  • Cabling Performance Requirements
  • Data Centers
  • Intelligent Building Systems
  • Educational Facilities
  • Cabling for Wireless Access Points
  • Cabling for Distributed Antenna Systems
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Telecommunications Pathways
  • Firestopping
  • Security
  • Administration

ANSI/TIA-1179-B Significant Differences from TIA-568.0-E:

  • The minimum size of the Telecommunications Room (TR) is increased to 16 m2 (170 ft2) or larger
  • The recommended minimum number of outlets per work area is dependent upon healthcare service area and ranges from 2 – 6 outlets for low density work areas up to greater than 14 outlets for high density work areas

ANSI/TIA-1179-B Recommended Work Area Outlet Densities:

ANSI/TIA-1179-B Recommended Work Area Outlet Densities

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