Hayuelos Shopping Center Prevents 100,000ft of Cable from Entering a Landfill During Security Modernization

Hayuelos Shopping Center is one of the largest commercial hubs in the Colombian capital, receiving more than one million visitors each month. Today the mall is host to a wide variety of shops and spaces throughout its 120,000 square meter facility, including a supermarket, a gym, a movie theatre and an indoor go-kart track. Due to the expansion of the mall and the surrounding population, the analog surveillance system that was in place could not accommodate the growing demands of the mall, nor could it meet security and control challenges. Hayuelos Shopping Center required a modern IP surveillance system to ensure the safety of all staff and visitors.

Hayuelos Shopping Center is committed to environmental responsibility through their Haystacks program, which includes energy and water saving initiatives, wastewater treatment from food areas, and disposal sites for electronic waste. While planning the modernization of their surveillance system, the mall became very concerned with the project’s potential impact on the environment, especially ripping-and-replacing several tons of wiring throughout the building. Hayuelos required a solution that shared the same commitment they have to the environment.

Environmental Stewardship

Hayuelos Shopping Center created an environmentally responsible plan to modernize the surveillance system. By leveraging Modern LAN design principles and PoLRE® long reach switch innovation, Hayuelos was able to:

  • Reuse 100% of the existing and reliable wiring infrastructure, which prevented 100,000ft of cable from entering a landfill. Eliminating the need to rip-and-replace also significantly reduced the amount of materials consumed and waste generated by the project.
  • Prevent the installation of new intermediate server closets by using innovative long reach PoE technology; reducing material and ongoing energy consumption from power and cooling devices.
  • Reduce the deployment time by 30%; decreasing the amount of travel to and from the mall during the modernization and minimizing the harmful emissions to the environment.
  • Install 166 new IP cameras inside and outside the building; providing complete surveillance coverage and high-resolution footage to ensure the safety of all staff and visitors.

IoTG (Internet of Things to the Power of Green) measures and recognizes organizations that modernize to the Internet of Things with an environmentally responsible process. Hayuelos Shopping Center received a 5-star rating for their digital transformation.

A Better Return on Investment

Hayuelos Shopping Center took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. By applying Modern LAN principles and leveraging innovative switch technology, Hayuelos fast-tracked their IP deployment and saved thousands of dollars on infrastructure that can be reallocated to ROI driving applications.

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Securely Connect Your LAN to the Cloud

What is the Cloud? Simply put – the Cloud is a shared pool of computer system resources that are accessed by users and organizations to achieve economies of scale. We like to compare the Cloud to public utilities.

Take power generation for example. It’s not up to each organization to produce and store the electricity needed to run the business. Organizations use as much power as they need and pay the service provider for the amount consumed.

Like the example above, the Cloud is a collection of remote servers that host and manage data and business applications via the internet. This removes the burden on each organization to install and manage multiple business systems.

Cloud-based services simplify IT management by offloading much of the installation and ongoing management of IoT applications. Service providers can achieve incredible economies of scale, while organizations experience efficiency and ease-of-management.

The Cloud provides convenience, scalability, and mobility to the modern organization. Employees can access their business applications from anywhere, whether they are working in the office, at home, or while travelling.

But how do we bring the Cloud down to earth? By establishing a robust and secure local area network to support the necessary IoT devices, such as IP phones, IP cameras, IP sensors, etc.). These smart endpoints need secure and reliable Ethernet and power; often requiring connection via long cable runs to the edge of the network.

The NVT Phybridge CHARIoT series of long-reach Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches, with patented SmartPathPoE™ technology, help organizations achieve a simple, secure, and cost-effective connection to their Cloud-based applications. Using Modern LAN principles, our long-reach PoE solutions create a secure point-to-point LAN topology that is simple to manage – just like your cloud-based solutions. The CHARIoT series of managed, unmanaged, and single-port extender solutions allow customers to leverage their existing cabling and infrastructures to support IoT devices up to 4,000ft (1,220m) away.

Visit http://www.nvtphybridge.com/chariotproducts/ to find the best PoE innovation to securely connect your LAN to cloud-based applications.

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Guarantee Maximum Return on Investment From Your Digital Transformation

Organizations are modernizing to IP communication, surveillance and other IoT (Internet of Things) devices to increase efficiency, improve security and create a better customer experience. Business Insider predicts that by 2025 there will be more than 55 billion connected IoT devices, up from 9 billion in 2017. To support these 55 billion IoT devices, organizations must first establish a secure and reliable local area network.

For over 25 years, NVT Phybridge has been committed to helping organizations maximize the return on investment of their digital transformations. Our CHARIoT series of enterprise-grade managed, unmanaged and single port extender solutions were designed specifically to simplify Modern LAN requirements. Enabled with patented SmartPathPoE™ technology, our solutions significantly reduce the cost to establish a secure and reliable Power over Ethernet (PoE) backbone.

How exactly? By transforming an organization’s existing infrastructure into a power-packed IP platform, with reach capabilities up to 4,000ft (1,220m) – 12 times farther than standard PoE switches. No more “rip-and-replace” and no more reach limitations. The cost savings are substantial considering the immense cost to install new infrastructure:

  • Thousands of feet of wiring to connect all devices on the local area network
  • Equipment to support new server closets or upgrade existing closets; including servers, racks, cooling systems, backup power systems, fire prevention and redundancy equipment
  • Labour costs to rip-and-replace the existing infrastructure and install the equipment mentioned above
  • Material costs to support the construction and renovation work required to install the new infrastructure
  • Loss of revenue caused by business disruption

By eliminating the above requirements, project deployment times are significantly accelerated, further improving return on investment. Reduce infrastructure costs and allocate more of your budget to ROI driving applications.

Organizations that leverage their existing infrastructure to establish a robust PoE backbone are also creating a more cyber-secure network. Establishing a network today that can minimize susceptibility to cyber-attacks may save your organization millions of dollars in the future.

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Eliminate Business Disruption During Your Digital Transformation

Business disruption is a major concern to organizations when planning a modernization to IP and the Internet of Things (IoT). In fact, it’s one of the largest barriers that prevent organizations from achieving their digital transformation objectives.

The issue lies when applying traditional LAN design to an IoT modernization project. The traditional approach to network design was established when PC devices were the only endpoints being connected, and therefore does not address the modern-day reality of connecting different types of IP/IoT devices.

The traditional approach involves ripping-and-replacing an organization’s existing network infrastructure to establish a Power over Ethernet (PoE) backbone to support IoT initiatives; causing significant disruption to staff, management, IT teams and customers. The rip-and-replace process can disrupt business operations for months, even years, with on-site construction, network outages and building modifications. So how can organizations avoid this headache?

The answer is simple.  Apply the Modern LAN principles developed by Frost & Sullivan and design a network that addresses your needs today and into the future. One principle is to consider new innovations in Power over Ethernet technology as well as network design philosophy. Long-reach PoE innovations, such as the CHARIoT product series, leverage single pair UTP, coax and multi-pair UTP to create secure IP paths leveraging existing and new infrastructure. No need to throw away your existing and reliable wiring infrastructure.

For example, the PoLRE® solution allows organizations to transform existing voice infrastructure into a robust PoE backbone for new IP phones; eliminating disruption and network downtime.  PoLRE delivers data and power over a single pair of wire with 4 times the reach capabilities of a standard PoE switch.

Visit www.nvtphybridge.com/chariotproducts/ to learn more about PoE innovations available to help you eliminate disruption as you successfully upgrade to IP.

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Accelerate the Deployment of Your Digital Transformation

Organizations are modernizing to IP communication, surveillance and other IoT (Internet of Things) devices to increase efficiency, improve security and create a better customer experience. Business Insider predicts that by 2025 there will be more than 55 billion connected IoT devices, up from 9 billion in 2017. To support these 55 billion IoT devices, organizations must first establish a secure and reliable local area network.

However, depending on the size of the enterprise, some organizations spend years establishing the necessary infrastructure to support their IoT objectives. Enter NVT Phybridge, the global leader in long-reach Power over Ethernet technology. Our CHARIoT solutions are specifically designed to reduce infrastructure requirements and deployment time.

How? By allowing organizations to leverage their existing infrastructure, eliminating the time-intensive process of ripping-out existing cables and installing new wiring and equipment. This process is especially lengthy due to the construction work required to access the cables and patch up after the work is done.

Many organizations may require permits or other authorizations to modify the buildings they operate in. This process can take multiple months (even years), especially if the building is of historical significance.

Organizations looking to deploy IoT devices far from the central server closet (for example, to support IP cameras in a parking lot) may need to install intermediate server closets. The CHARIoT family of products, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, can extend power and data up to 4,000ft (1,220m). With 12 times the reach capabilities compared to standard PoE switches, CHARIoT reduces (sometimes eliminates) these server closet requirements – significantly reducing deployment times.

Visit www.nvtphybridge.com/chariotproducts/ to learn more about PoE innovations available to help you accelerate the deployment of your digital transformation.

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Create a Cyber-Secure Network Platform

As more and more organizations adopt the Internet of Things, cybersecurity has become a top concern. Companies of all sizes and in all industries are at risk of malicious activity; especially individuals and groups attempting to steal consumer and company data. The Ponemon Institute found that 7 out of 10 organizations believe their security risk increased significantly in 2017.

In the connected world of the Internet of Things, each “thing” on the network represents a possible entrance for a hacker. In DarkTrace’s Global Threat Report from 2017, it was determined that hackers gained unauthorized access to networks through various IoT devices including smart artboards, thermometers, and server rooms.

The NVT Phybridge CHARIoT series of long reach Power over Ethernet switches, powered by our patented SmartPathPoE™ technology, are designed to combat these modern-day security threats. Our technology allows customers to leverage their existing endpoint cabling; creating secure point-to-point network pathways. The long reach capabilities of our solutions eliminate the need to install additional IDF closets, further reducing the number of possible entry points for malicious activity. Connect your edge network back to the core at a single convergence point with a robust firewall for maximum network security or keep devices and applications completely separate. The flexibility of choice is yours.

It’s not enough to secure data only where it’s stored. The modern enterprise needs complete end-to-end security and control of IoT data. Our enterprise-grade managed switches include an intuitive web GUI to help protect your data. The software provides tools to monitor network traffic and lock down any unused ports, ensuring network access is only provided to approved connected devices.

Visit www.nvtphybridge.com/chariotproducts/ to learn more about PoE innovations available to help you establish a cyber-secure network.

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Modern LAN Guest Blog: Reduce, Reuse, Refocus Applies to the Network Too

By Michael Brandenburg, Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst, Connected Work

We have entered the era of corporate responsibility and sustainability: Organizations of all sizes are being asked to think much harder about the environmental impact of the products they produce, from manufacturing to disposal. Environmental responsibility also extends to the corporate office, moving well beyond “don’t print this email,” signatures to sustainable construction, smart buildings and the deployment of IT.

Indeed, thanks to scheduled rollouts, standard “rip and replace” practices and the planned obsolescence of computer and network infrastructure, corporate IT departments are a significant contributor to electronic waste. As part of our in-depth research into local network design, it became clear to us here at Frost & Sullivan that environmental sustainability simply must be an important consideration when deploying today’s business networks, what we call the Modern LAN. The Modern LAN principles, developed by Frost & Sullivan, seek to develop a new set of best practices around local network design—and in the process, focus on sustainability.

In our research, we have discovered that the local network, with all the cabling and infrastructure to support it, is an excellent place to start. The traditional way of building networks applied a “one size fits all” approach to network architecture, and whenever the network is upgraded to the latest speeds and feeds, a lot of older switchgear gets turned into e-waste, even more new cabling gets shoved into the walls and some devices, like IP phones and IoT sensors, receive more bandwidth than they really need.

In contrast, our Modern LAN includes sustainability as a best practice, rather than a vague goal to strive for: “Develop an environmentally responsible framework around LAN design and deployment. Re-use and repurpose existing endpoint cabling infrastructure, reduce IDF closet requirements and adopt energy-efficient PoE switches and end points wherever possible.”

What this really means

  • Reduce e-waste by replacing only the network and infrastructure that is absolutely necessary. PCs and servers may need the latest gigabit and above speeds, but those phones, security cameras and smart building sensors do not. Break the rip and replace cycle on network endpoints that won’t take advantage of the upgrades.
  • Reuse and repurpose network and cabling infrastructure, because not every network device requires brand new CAT6 cabling to operate. Many robust and reliable Long Reach Power over Ethernet (LRPoE) solutions on the market today let IT reclaim that long-lost twisted-pair and coax cabling to support any number of IoT endpoints.

Achieving sustainability in IT may seem like a daunting task, but it really just takes some out of the box thinking and a willingness to take advantage of what it is already in place. Environmental sustainability is just one of several design best practices incorporated in the Modern LAN. To learn more, read the whitepaper The Modern LAN: Rethinking Network Design for the Modern Age

Thank you, Michael, for your expert insight into Modern LAN design. Keep it locked on the NVT Phybridge news page for more industry analysis into the Modern LAN principles.

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Success Story: Large American Midwestern University Modernizes Communications Using Modern LAN Principles

A large University in the United States Midwest has modernized its communication capabilities, building upon its mission of providing excellence in education. The project will improve collaboration and overall operational efficiencies; ultimately providing a better student experience.

Environmental Stewardship

Sustainability and environmental science are major research initiatives of the University through their affiliated research partner. Students, faculty, and graduates collaborate on research initiatives aimed at solving the world’s most important energy and environmental challenges. Together with their research partners, the University is helping to solve challenges around climate change, renewable energy, land preservation, pollution and waste management.

The University understands the vital importance of preserving Earth’s limited resources, as well as reducing pollution and waste. After planning the communication upgrade, the customer became concerned with the environmental impact. The customer discovered the PoLRE® switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, capable of transmitting data and power over new or existing telephony infrastructure 4 times farther than standard Ethernet switches. By leveraging new Modern LAN design principles, the customer was able to:

  • Reuse their existing infrastructure investments; preventing 12 tons of cable from ending up in a landfill
  • Reduce ongoing energy consumption by eliminating the need to install over 100 new server closets which would have required power, cooling, space, and backup power
  • Reduce overall infrastructure costs by approximately $8 million, which can be reallocated to further fund the customer’s sustainability research initiatives
  • Eliminate the need to rip-and-replace the existing wiring infrastructure; reducing the project’s material consumption as no renovations were required

Thanks to the customer’s commitment to innovation and leadership, the deployment time was reduced by 90%. The University was able to upgrade all 4,000 phones across the vast campus, which is now 100% IP. IoTG (Internet of Things to the Power of Green) measures and recognizes organizations that modernize to the Internet of Things with an environmentally responsible process. The University has received the highest rating, 5-stars, for their exceptional transformation.

A Better Return on Investment

The University took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. By applying Modern LAN principles and leveraging innovative technology, the customer reduced infrastructure costs, eliminated risk and disruption, reduced the negative impact on the environment, fast-tracked their IP modernization, and has built a secure and robust platform for their enhanced IP communications solution.

Congratulations to IoT Pioneer Award winner Tony Jones for using SmartPathPoE™ technology to help this University achieve their modernization objectives.

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Success Story: Multinational Energy Corporation Modernizes to IP Telephony Using Modern LAN Principles

A Multinational Energy Corporation wanted to modernize their communication platform at one of their U.S. manufacturing plants. The customer wanted to become 100% IP by upgrading to the latest IP telephony solution.

After an assessment of the customer’s environment, it was determined that many phones were connected using cables that ran through “hot zones”. Hot zones indicated areas of the facility that were affected by radiation. This became a major obstacle to becoming 100% IP as all equipment in the radiated areas were completely hands-off and no new supporting infrastructure could be installed. The customer did not want to move forward with the project unless they could find a solution that would allow them to upgrade every phone in the facility.

Modern LAN Innovation

The customer discovered the PoLRE® solution and chose to participate in a no-obligation proof of concept to test the solution in their live environment. After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed the existing cable runs in the radiated zones into a robust power-packed IP platform, capable of supporting the new IP phones up to 1,200ft (365m) away – that’s 4Xs the reach of standard PoE switches.

“The NVT Phybridge PoLRE solution was the perfect fit for the customer. It allowed us to leverage the existing cables running through the hot zones to support the new IP phones, eliminating the barriers caused by radiation”, said Joey Bruce, UC Consulting Systems Engineer. “PoLRE allowed us to provide the exact amount of bandwidth and PoE well beyond the 300ft reach limitations of standard switches.”

The customer was able to become 100% IP – deploying over 2,400 new IP phones throughout the entire facility. “Four years later the customer is still using the PoLRE switches, which have been extremely reliable and simple to manage”, said Adam Colwell, CBTS Unified Communications Engineer.

A Better Return on Investment

The customer took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. By applying Modern LAN principles and leveraging innovative switch technology, the customer fast-tracked their IP deployment, established a secure point-to-point LAN topology and saved thousands of dollars on infrastructure that can be reallocated to ROI driving applications.

Congratulations to IoT Pioneer Award winner Joey Bruce for helping this customer achieve their modernization objectives!

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Podcast: How Modern LAN Principles Facilitate a Simple, Secure and Cost-Effective Modernization to IP

Richard Kasslack, Vice President of Sales, North America for NVT Phybridge discusses the benefits of applying Modern LAN principles. Richard talks about the success that organizations have experienced as they modernize to IP telephony and other IoT endpoints.

Read the whitepaper for yourself: “The Modern LAN: Rethinking Networking Design for the Modern Age”

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