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Success Story: New Mexico State University Prevents 21 Tons of E-Waste While Modernizing to 7,000 IP Phones

New Mexico State University (NMSU) has been serving the educational needs of their multi-cultural population since 1888. The land-grant university excels in teaching, research and public service, preparing students for careers in agriculture, the sciences, business, education, engineering, the arts, and social services. As part of their commitment to excellence in education, the university decided to modernize their communications platform.

NMSU’s existing analog communication system was approaching end-of-life. The university wanted a refresh and was looking to take advantage of IP phones and applications to increase efficiency. However, operating in around 100 buildings spread across a 900-acre campus significantly complicated the project. High cost, business disruption, and length of deployment time were major concerns, as the university first needed to upgrade their infrastructure to support the communications system.

Environmental Stewardship

With a large focus on agricultural studies, NMSU understands the vital importance of preserving Earth’s precious and limited resources, as well as reducing pollution and waste. By leveraging new Modern LAN design principles, NMSU was able to develop a plan to responsibly modernize to IP. Black Box (the system integrator) discovered PoLRE® (Power over Long-Reach Ethernet) switch technology, capable of transmitting data and power over new or existing telephony infrastructure 4 times farther than standard Ethernet switches. This solution allowed the customer to:

  • Eliminate the need to rip/replace/rebuild the existing and reliable infrastructure, greatly reducing material consumption and preventing approximately 21 tons of cables from entering a landfill
  • Use the existing wiring closets, as opposed to equipping 100+ new closets with backup power and cooling, further reducing material and ongoing energy consumption
  • Reduce the deployment time by 90%, minimizing the disruptions and frustrations to students and faculty. This also reduced the amount of travel during the implementation phase, greatly reducing harmful emissions

IoTG (Internet of Things to the Power of Green) measures and recognizes environmentally responsible IoT projects. New Mexico State University was awarded the highest rating, 5 stars, for their environmentally responsible modernization to IP telephony.

Creating a Secure Network

As companies modernize to the Internet of Things, each additional IP endpoint connected to the network represents a potential access point for malicious activity. In DartTrace’s 2017 Global Threat Report, it was determined that hackers gained unauthorized access to critical company data through various IoT endpoints, including thermometers, smart artboards, and server closets.

Modern LAN principles provide a fundamentally new approach to network design. For New Mexico State University, leveraging the existing and reliable point-to-point network topology created a physically separate but functionally integrated network path for the new IP phones, ensuring the security of the core business network. “[The solution] allowed us to leverage the centralized location and backup capabilities and create a robust IP backbone for our new IP phones,” says Ray Cadena, NMSU’s Manager of Telecommunication Systems.

A Better Return on Investment

By leveraging PoLRE innovation and applying Modern LAN principles, NMSU was able to significantly accelerate their return on investment. The University decreased deployment time by several years and saved over $1 million in infrastructure costs, reallocating more budget to ROI driving applications.

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Large Metropolitan Transportation System Leverages Existing Coax Infrastructure to Deploy Over 110 IP Security Cameras

A large transportation system is modernizing their security system as they continue their mission of providing safe and reliable transit. Public transportation is the foundation for building strong, connected communities, and everyone should feel safe travelling to work, school, or their weekend event.

The organization was relying on an outdated analog CCTV security system and decided to modernize to an IP-based solution across their major bus terminals and parking lots. To ensure the safety of the 340,000 daily riders, the organization is upgrading 110 analog devices to new high-resolution IP cameras. The new security system will deter criminal activity, as well as increase surveillance and recording capabilities.

Respect for Riders and Taxpayers

A project of this magnitude would usually take years to complete, as the traditional upgrade method involves ripping/replacing/rebuilding the network infrastructure to support IP devices. This process is extremely costly and would create significant disruption to riders. However, by applying Modern LAN design principles, the organization designed an upgrade plan that would eliminate these concerns.

Using CLEER24 switch technology, the organization will leverage their existing Coax-based infrastructure to transmit data and power to their new IP cameras. The solution will eliminate the need to rip-and-replace miles of cabling, reducing deployment time by 90% and saving over $15,000 of taxpayer funds. The switch’s long reach capabilities will allow the customer to connect cameras up to 4,000ft. (1,220m) away, providing complete surveillance coverage in the vast open spaces of the bus terminals and parking lots.

Environmental Responsibility

The transportation system is committed to environmental responsibility and continuous improvement. The SmartDriver program provides training to all operators, which is proven to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. The training also teaches operators how to reduce wear and tear on vehicle components, extending their life span and reducing material consumption. When the decision was made to modernize the security system, the organization was concerned about the project’s environmental impact.

Aligned with the organizations sustainability programs, the security modernization will prevent 6,600 pounds of Coax cable from ending up in a landfill. The transportation system has also eliminated the need to upgrade the existing server closets, further reducing the project’s e-waste and ongoing energy consumption.

Satisfied with the solution, the transportation system plans to use FLEX switch technology to implement a new IP intercom system.

Modern LAN Design

The transportation system took a pro-active approach to finding 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 organization will save taxpayer money, eliminate risk and disruption, reduce negative impact on the environment, fast track their IP modernization and build a secure robust platform for their new IP security solution.

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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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