FT-45 modular plug crimp tool displayed with modular plugs

Home to some of the smartest and most sustainable buildings in the world, the Middle East is well-equipped to deliver efficient and responsive buildings that enhance the user experience. But with sophisticated buildings come sophisticated data networks. Brett Smyth, Managing Director of IDEAL® Electrical EMEA and APAC, discusses the importance of consistent and compliant data network terminations.


Smart building technology has seen a significant shift. Previously considered an upgrade or specialist addition to residential, commercial and industrial buildings, smart solutions have quickly become standard spec.


Research reveals the global smart building market is expected to hit a staggering $570.02 billion by 2030, expanding at a CAGR of 25.3% from 2022 to 20301. Growing demand for energy-efficient systems and the rise of Internet of Things enabled building management systems are cited as key factors driving the growth.


The construction industry in the Middle East is no stranger to smart buildings. In fact, the major cities are known for their benchmark-setting smart buildings, delivering outstanding innovation, ambition and contemporary design. Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa skyscraper, for example, is not only recognised as the world’s tallest building, but also one of the smartest. Intelligent sensors, automation and real-time data are used to optimise air quality, lighting and temperature. Similarly, the distinctive BEEAH Headquarters in Sharjah is the region’s first smart building with full AI integration. Fully powered by renewable resources, it is designed to achieve zero net energy consumption, optimising efficiencies, performance and functionality.

Indeed, the scale and creativity of architecture in the Middle East cannot be argued, however, with the smart building boom well underway, it is vital that the industry has the tools at its disposal to keep pace with staggering demand, be it new developments or retrofit projects. Key to this is the ability to install increasingly sophisticated data networks quickly, effectively and without error.


The more complex the network, the greater the number of RJ45 assemblies and terminations required, which can inevitably result in consistency being compromised. Identifying faulty terminations on the system can be an onerous, costly and time-consuming task. As such, terminations must guarantee best practice and consistency every time.


Whilst conventional installation methods require conductors to be trimmed to an exact length before the plug is placed onto the cable, the FT-45™ Feed-Thru Modular Plugs leave no such room for error. As single-piece connectors, there is no need for installers to assemble a three-piece connector, nor do conductor wires require precision trimming; instead, installers simply remove an appropriate section of jacket, remove the centre spline (if present), untwist the pairs into the correct order, and trim the ends flat. The cable can then be slid into the connector until seated.

The unit features open ends that allow conductors to be completely fed through the connector before crimping. The cable can be pushed into the connector to ensure the twisted pairs are as close to the pin contacts as possible, and that the jacket is seated beyond the primary strain relief for a secure connection.


The versatile FT-45 Crimp Tool further enhances this error-free approach; installers simply squeeze the handle to the closed position to cleanly shear the excess conductor wires and leave a smooth, flat finish – crimping and cutting the cable in a single action.


Used on installations around the world, the FT-45 Feed-Thru data termination system ensures consistent, resilient and compliant data networks, regardless of the number of installers working on site, skill level or time pressures. If the industry is to keep up with demand for smart buildings, getting data networks right the first time, every time, is crucial.