Intelligent systems provide real data about the devices they manage. This data may be discovered, externally queried, manually entered but should always be integrated.
Intelligent Patching systems use hardware components (scanners/analysers and interconnect wiring) to provide visibility and control of the cable patching connections in near real time. Their promise is to minimise the effort needed to administer patched environments. They can integrate with IP devices such as cameras, door access, CCTV and intruder alarms. The early demonstrations of a web cam capturing a rogue engineer pulling a patch lead out (that triggered the snap) whetted the appetite of many IT managers. Some systems can be retrofitted onto structured cabling systems; some have to be installed with the cabling system. They mostly rely on an out of band, 9th wire in the patch lead or a micro-switch in the patch panel to manage the connection or disconnection.