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Success Story: Avoid the Disruption of Hospital Renovations while Modernizing to IP

The Internet of Things is being adopted by organizations all around the world, of all sizes, and in all industries. In healthcare, upgrading to IP telephony often results in extremely disruptive hospital renovations that negatively impact patient care. By applying Modern LAN* principles, healthcare organizations are eliminating fundamental barriers to IP adoption.

The Unique Challenges of Hospital Renovations

A University Medical Center located in the United States was looking to create an IP-based emergency phone network that would remain operational in the event of a network outage. However, renovations required to rip-and-replace the existing wiring infrastructure to support the new IP phones would be extremely disruptive to patient care. In any medical facility, areas under construction need to be closed and sealed off to prevent contamination from airborne pathogens. As renovations in different areas are finished, these containment zones are taken down and set back up at the next renovation area. This process is extremely time and cost intensive.

Hospital renovations also decrease the amount of space for patient care, as any area under construction is not accessible. Foot traffic also needs to be re-routed around the renovation areas, and the alternative routes are often inefficient and frustrating for staff, patients, and visitors. To complicate the project even further, the University Medical Center operates in a building over 100 years old. To maintain the building’s historical integrity, the renovation process would be more complicated, take longer and create even more mess and disruption.

Modern LAN Innovation

Using Modern LAN principles, the medical center established an upgrade plan that would prevent the extremely disruptive and time intensive renovation process. The medical center discovered that by using the PoLRE™ switch, they could avoid the entire renovation headache. Modern LAN principles state that network design should be approached from an outside-in perspective. By first evaluating the needs of the endpoints, it was determined that by using new long reach switch innovations, the customer could leverage the existing CAT3 infrastructure to provide the exact power and bandwidth requirements up to 1,200ft (365m).

The University Medical Center’s commitment to health, safety, and innovation allowed them to:

  • Avoid months of disruptive renovations, ensuring the safety of all staff, patients, and visitors
  • Create a separate and robust IP backbone for the emergency phones, maximizing the security of the core network
  • Deploy over 400 IP phones across the emergency network over just a few nights
  • Save over $300,000 in infrastructure costs, accelerating the project’s return on investment

Environmental Responsibility

By leveraging Modern LAN principles, the University Medical Center significantly reduced the project’s impact on the environment. The hospital was able to reuse 100% of their existing cabling infrastructure, which prevented approximately 240,000 feet of cable from ending up in a landfill (equivalent to the weight of 14 hospital beds!). The long reach capabilities of the new switches also eliminated the need to upgrade or install new IDF closets, further reducing material and energy consumption. IoTG (Internet of Things to the Power of Green) awarded the University Medical Center with a 4-star project rating for an environmentally responsible modernization to IP.

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Success Video: Kansai International Airport Successfully Deploys Over 250 Person Tracking Sensors Using Principles of the Modern LAN

Located near Osaka, Japan, Kansai International Airport (KIX) is one of the busiest airports in Asia and is now used as a gateway into Japan. In 1994, the airport was constructed to alleviate overcrowding at Osaka International Airport. Today, around 25 million passengers use KIX every year, which prompted the need for Person Tracking Sensors to increase operational efficiencies. The sensors would support passenger traffic flow, queue management, and service delivery management applications. Every modernization project is unique, with unique obstacles to be considered along the way, including time and budget constraints, business disruption, visitor and staff safety, and reach requirements of standard PoE switches. Using the principles of the Modern LAN*, NVT Phybridge along with project partners were able to overcome these obstacles.

First Consider the Unique Characteristics of Each Physical End-Point

Each physical end-point in the Internet of Things requires a different amount of power and/or bandwidth to operate. Modern LAN principles state that these requirements should be the first consideration in any modernization project. The requirements of the end-points should drive network and application requirements of the entire system.

For Kansai Airport, the sensors range would cover 100 square meters and needed to be mounted into the ceiling. The international departure terminal ceilings had exposed steel beams as opposed to a closed ceiling, and even though the sensors could be mounted on the beams, there was no place to locally provide power or a switch to relay PoE. With the vast open spaces of an airport terminal, installing IDF closets every 300 feet (100m) would be complex, costly, and disruptive to business.

Consider the Environmental Impact of IoT Modernization Projects

There is incredible awareness about end-state environmental impact of IoT upgrades. There’s no doubt smart lights that turn off automatically when no one is around will save on electricity, but what about the environmental impact of the process of achieving that end-state? Do the ends justify the means, and what is the net benefit of the IoT upgrade when you “scorch the earth” to get there? IoT to the Power of Green is designed to fill this gap; to measure and certify IoT projects that consider and reduce the impact of the upgrade process on the environment. In our experience, we have found that environmentally responsible IoT transformations have a strong correlation to time and cost savings, both initially and on-going. Reducing IDF closet requirements and simplifying physical network infrastructures is both cost efficient and environmentally responsible.

Maximize Efficiencies to the Physical Network with Long Reach PoE Switch Innovations

It may come as a surprise, even to many in the business of the Internet of Things, that IP/PoE switches are no longer constrained to 300 foot (100m) reach limitations. NVT Phybridge offers IP/PoE switches with reach up to 2,000 feet (610m), six times farther than traditional switches. To put that into perspective, NVTP switches can reach up to 5.5 football fields in length. This was exactly the solution that Kansai Airport needed to overcome their obstacles.

The NVT Phybridge FLEX24 IP/PoE switch transmits network connectivity and power up to 2,000 feet, which reduced the IDF closet requirements for this project at Kansai Airport by 90%. This reduced the deployment time and minimized business disruption of the airport’s 24-hour operation. 90% less IDF closets compared to traditional PoE switches also resulted in less network complexity, less network maintenance, and a more secure network. The FLEX24 solution saved Kansai Airport over $75,000 and facilitated a more smooth and efficient deployment.

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