IP Cameras in Gas Stations

Overcoming Critical Network Readiness Barriers When Deploying IP Cameras in Gas Station Environments

Surveillance is paramount for IT and Security System Managers in the gas station industry (filling stations/petrol stations). This resource will provide guidance and crucial considerations as you transition from analog to IP cameras or set up a new IP surveillance system in a gas station environment. We’ll discuss the vital role of security cameras in these settings, critical considerations for IP camera deployment, and the challenges unique to gas stations.

Additionally, we’ll cover integrating IP cameras with existing security systems, best practices for camera installation, and ways to maximize return on investment (ROI). Let’s explore the process of effectively implementing IP cameras in a gas station environment.

Why Gas Stations Need Security Cameras

Gas stations can be prone to criminal activities due to their 24/7 operations and external POS terminals. Implementing a robust security system, including IP cameras, is a must. Here are three reasons why security cameras are non-negotiable for gas stations:

Deterrence of criminal activities: Security cameras act as a significant deterrent to potential criminals. Knowing their actions are being recorded reduces the likelihood of theft, vandalism, and other criminal activities. The mere visibility of security cameras can discourage potential criminals.

Ensuring customer and employee safety: Security cameras are essential in creating a safe environment for customers and employees. They can quickly identify suspicious behavior or potential threats, and the recorded footage can serve as valuable evidence for law enforcement agencies.

Transaction monitoring: Strategically positioned IP cameras can capture clear images of fuel pump transactions, ensuring accuracy and preventing fraudulent activities. By monitoring these transactions, discrepancies, or unauthorized activities, such as card skimming or pump tampering, can be identified, protecting the business’s financial interests.

Considerations When Deploying IP Cameras at the Pump

When implementing IP cameras in a gas station environment, several key considerations must be considered. These considerations will ensure the cameras are effectively selected, positioned, and connected. Here are the three main factors to consider:

Selecting the appropriate IP camera models: The cameras must be designed for outdoor environments. Outdoor IP cameras must be weatherproof and vandal-resistant, with a wide dynamic range. Choose IP camera models that meet these requirements for reliable performance, durability, and interoperability with existing systems.

Optimal camera placement: Proper camera placement is crucial for effective surveillance. Key areas include fuel pumps, entrance and exit points, cashier areas, and parking lots. Strategically placing cameras in these locations will maximize coverage and capture necessary details.

Building a robust network infrastructure: A secure and robust network infrastructure is essential for effectively enabling IP cameras. This includes sufficient bandwidth to support high-quality video streaming. Enterprise-grade long-reach Power over Ethernet (PoE) innovations, like those offered by NVT Phybridge, can deliver power and data to the IP cameras over new or existing cabling to reduce network readiness costs, project complexity, and cyber security concerns.

Overcoming Challenges in Gas Station Environments

Gas station environments pose unique challenges when it comes to implementing IP cameras. IT and physical security teams must address several challenges to ensure optimal surveillance and security.

Weather conditions: Gas stations are exposed to various weather conditions, potentially damaging the cameras and affecting their performance. To overcome this, choose IP cameras designed to withstand outdoor environments. Look for cameras with weatherproof and temperature-resistant features.

Lighting and glare: Proper lighting is essential for capturing clear, detailed video footage. However, gas stations often have bright lights and glare, which can cause overexposure and wash out the images. To optimize image quality, consider IP cameras with advanced image sensors and technologies, such as wide dynamic range (WDR) and backlight compensation (BLC).

Protection from vandalism and tampering: Gas stations are prone to vandalism and tampering, which can compromise the security of the premises. Choose cameras with robust construction and tamper-resistant features to safeguard your surveillance system. Look for cameras with impact-resistant housings, vandal-proof domes, and built-in tamper detection capabilities.

Networking Best Practices for IP Camera Installation

When implementing IP cameras in a gas station environment, following modern networking best practices will help ensure optimal performance and return on investment. Here are some key considerations:

Ensure a purpose-built LAN: As proposed in this Frost & Sullivan whitepaper, planning an effective network must start with the endpoint requirements. Avoid the “one-size-fits-all” mentality to design and optimize the network for the devices and applications it supports.

Network convergence: While integrating your physical security network with other systems on the core network may seem convenient, it may present cyber security vulnerabilities. Consult network design partners to ensure the right balance between system integration and cyber security risks to minimize core network breach potential.

Power over Ethernet innovations: Leverage new long-reach PoE innovations, like those from NVT Phybridge, to deliver power and data to IP cameras and other security devices over longer distances, up to 18 farther than standard switches in some cases.

Cable management and routing: Proper cable management is essential for maintaining an organized installation. This not only enhances aesthetics but also prevents accidental cable damage. Mount the cameras securely and secure the cables to avoid any hazards.

Testing and optimization: Before finalizing the installation, test and optimize the camera performance. This involves checking the video quality, adjusting camera angles, and configuring the camera settings to meet the specific requirements of the gas station environment.

Maximizing Digital Transformation ROI with NVT Phybridge

Reduce network readiness costs by leveraging existing network cabling. PoE innovations, like those offered by NVT Phybridge, leverage any new or existing single-pair UTP, coax, multi-pair UTP, and 2-wire cabling to deliver power and data to IP cameras. Using existing network cabling also simplifies network design, accelerates digital transformation timelines, and can help organizations achieve sustainability objectives by reducing e-waste significantly. Reallocate network infrastructure cost savings towards ROI-driving devices and applications.

Additionally, the NVT Phybridge CCMT Switch Configuration Tool allows users to configure, manage, and upgrade their NVT Phybridge managed switches from a single application to reduce complexity and network management costs. This tool helps users manage switches across multiple locations to improve internal efficiencies, minimize network maintenance costs, and reduce the risk of human error.

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What is an Edge Network?

An edge network is the outer layer of a network infrastructure. Edge networks connect end-users, and the devices they use, to the core network. The edge network enables IP devices and provides access to applications. The edge network includes various components, such as routers, switches, access points, and servers.

What is a Core Network?

The core network is the backbone of a network infrastructure. It is responsible for transporting large volumes of data quickly and reliably between different network components. The core network typically comprises high-speed routers and switches that handle large traffic volumes. Core networks also connect various networks, such as connecting a local network to the internet.

What is Edge Computing?

While closely related, edge computing and edge networks are two different concepts. Edge computing is processing data near the generated source rather than sending it to a centralized location for processing. Edge computing brings computing resources closer to the devices that create and use the data, enabling faster data processing, reduced latency, and improved application performance.

In networking, two frequently used terms are core network and edge network. Although these terms may seem similar, they represent different network components. Understanding the differences between core networks and edge networks is vital in building and maintaining an efficient network infrastructure. Edge computing and edge networks are closely related since edge computing devices often rely on edge networks to transmit data. Edge networks provide the connectivity needed for edge devices to communicate with each other and the core network.

Edge Networks vs. Core Networks

  • Function: The core network is responsible for transporting large volumes of data between different network components, while the edge network connects directly to IP devices and provides access to applications.
  • Location: The core network is located at the central part of the network infrastructure, while the edge network is at the outer layer.
  • Components: The core network is composed of high-speed routers and switches, while the edge network is composed of routers, PoE switches, access points, and servers.
  • Traffic: The core network handles large volumes of traffic. The edge network enables IP devices and real-time applications, which are often latency sensitive.

How Does a Power over Ethernet (PoE) Switch Improve Edge Networks?

Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches are a crucial component of modern edge networks. They provide several benefits that improve an edge network’s functionality and efficiency.

  • Simplified Network Design: PoE switches eliminate the need for separate power sources for network devices such as IP cameras, wireless access points, and VoIP phones. PoE switches simplify network design and reduce cabling costs by transmitting power and data over a single copper cable.
  • Flexible Deployment: PoE switches offer flexible deployment options, allowing devices to be placed in locations where power outlets are not readily available. This provides greater flexibility in network design, as devices can be installed in previously impossible areas.
  • Enhanced Efficiency: PoE switches enable efficient power management, providing power only when required. This means that devices can be turned off when not in use, reducing energy costs and the overall environmental impact of the business.
  • Centralized Management: IT administrators can monitor and manage network devices from a single location, reducing the need for manual device configuration and software updates.
  • Improved Reliability: PoE switches provide a reliable power supply to network devices, reducing the risk of power outages and downtime. This ensures that network devices remain operational and critical services are not disrupted.
  • Cost-Effective: PoE switches are more cost-effective than traditional switches and power sources, especially PoE switches with long-reach capabilities. These devices eliminate the need for separate power sources, reducing installation and maintenance costs.

Improve your Core and Edge Networks with NVT Phybridge

NVT Phybridge has various switches to enhance core and edge networks. For example, the FLEX24-10G switch is a versatile network switch well suited for core networking with its 1-gigabit downlink ports and 10-gigabit uplink ports. However, organizations can also use the FLEX24-10G switch for its edge network to enable IP devices at extended distances. When paired with a FLEX adapter and operating in long-range Ethernet (LRE) mode, the FLEX24-10G switch can provide a 100-megabit connection and PoE + with up to 2,000 feet (610 meters) reach, which is six times farther than traditional switches.

Additionally, the NVT Phybridge CLEER24-10G Ethernet over Coax (EoC) switch is designed for edge networking, delivering a 100-megabit connection with up to 3,000ft (915m) reach or a 10-megabit connection with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach. Using an EC adapter, both modes deliver PoE+ over a single long-run coax cable.

Not All PoE Innovations Are Created Equal

NVT Phybridge PoE switches and extenders provide several benefits that improve the functionality and efficiency of edge networks and are a valuable investment for organizations looking to deploy IP devices.

Thousands of organizations trust the performance of NVT Phybridge Power over Ethernet technology to improve IP migration projects and support IP devices. See the performance results for yourself! Select and compare our PoE technology against the industry-leading Cisco Catalyst switch and the competition.

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Quickly Deploy IP Devices in Elevator Cabins Using Existing Traveler Cables

Quick Guide for Enabling IP Devices in Elevators

NVT Phybridge networking solutions can grow modularly from 1 to 4. Therefore, if the number exceeds four units, it must be treated as a new solution with the difference in remaining equipment. Below are four scenarios for transmitting IP signals through traveling cables in vertical transport. The solutions below provide the ability to connect IP signals from the elevator cabin to the machine room. Before starting a project, the following questions must be answered to identify and support the best solution:

  1. What is the distance of the traveling cable?
  2. What is the potential power consumption of the IP devices in the elevator cabin (this is to determine if power can be delivered from the switch in the machine room or if the device(s) must be locally powered)?
  3. What types of cables are available within the traveling cable?
  4. What is the total number of devices to be placed in each cabin?
  5. What is the total number of elevators communicating with the machine room?
  6. Are you connecting to a Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch in the machine room?

Once these six questions are answered, the design phase is very simple. Four applications can be used, and the cable type must be known. These four applications can be connected in Star or Bus configuration.

NV-EC1701PLS-XKIT Kit Includes: 1 x 1701+ Base Extender, 1 x 1701+ Link Adapter, 1 x NV-PS55-60W Power Supply with IEC line cord, 1 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter – pack of 2 (NV-BNCA-2P)
NV-EC1701PLS-K2H Kit Includes: 1 x 1701+ Base Extender, 2 x 1701+ Link Adapter, 1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord, 1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA), 1 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter – pack of 2 (NV-BNCA-2P), 1 x BNC “T” Adapter (NV-BNCT)
NV-EC1701PLS-K3H Kit Includes: 1 x 1701+ Base Extender, 3 x 1701+ Link Adapter, 1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord, 1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA), 2 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter – pack of 2 (NV-BNCA-2P), 1 x BNC Coax Splitter 1:4 (NV-EC4BNC)
NV-EC1701PLS-K4H Kit Includes: 1 x 1701+ Base Extender, 4 x 1701+ Link Adapter, 1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord, 1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA), 2 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter – pack of 2 (NV-BNCA-2P), 1 x BNC Coax Splitter 1:4 (NV-EC4BNC)

Star Configuration for Several Elevators with One Device in Each Elevator

One Elevator and a Single Device
NV-EC1701PLS-XKIT Kit Includes: 1 x 1701+ Base Extender, 1 x 1701+ Link Adapter, 1 x NV-PS55-60W Power Supply with IEC line cord, 1 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter – pack of 2 (NV-BNCA-2P)

Single Endpoint Coax Extender Solution

Single Endpoint UTP Extender Solution


Single 60-Watt Transmission System (Coax or UTP)

NV-EC1701PLS-XKIT (EoC/UTP)

•       1 x 1701+ Base Extender (NV-EC1701PLS-BSE)

•       1 x 1701+ Link Adapter (NV-EC1701PLS-LK)

•       1 x NV-PS55-60W Power Supply with IEC line cord

•      1 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter, pack of 2. (NV-BNCA-2P)

Two Elevators and a Single Device
NV-EC1701PLS-K2H Kit Includes: 1 x 1701+ Base Extender, 2 x 1701+ Link Adapter, 1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord, 1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA), 1 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter – pack of 2 (NV-BNCA-2P), 1 x BNC “T” Adapter (NV-BNCT)

Two Endpoint Coax Extender Solution

Two Endpoint UTP Extender Solution

Dual 110 Watt Transmission System (Coax or UTP)

NV-EC1701PLS-K2H (EoC/UTP)

•       1 x 1701+ Base Extender (NV-EC1701PLS-BSE)

•       2 x 1701+ Link Adapter (NV-EC1701PLS-LK)

•       1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord

•       1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA)

•       1 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter, pack of 2. (NV-BNCA-2P)

•       1 x BNC “T” Adapter (NV-BNCT)

Three Elevators and a Single Device
NV-EC1701PLS-K3H Kit Includes: 1 x 1701+ Base Extender, 3 x 1701+ Link Adapter, 1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord, 1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA), 2 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter – pack of 2 (NV-BNCA-2P), 1 x BNC Coax Splitter 1:4 (NV-EC4BNC)

Two Endpoint Coax Extender Solution

Three Endpoint UTP Extender Solution

Triple 110 Watt Transmission System (Coax or UTP)

NV-EC1701PLS-K3H (EoC/UTP)

•       1 x 1701+ Base Extender (NV-EC1701PLS-BSE)

•       3 x 1701+ Link Adapter (NV-EC1701PLS-LK)

•       1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord

•       1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA)

•       2 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter, pack of 2. (NV-BNCA-2P)

•       1 x BNC Coax Splitter 1:4 (NV-EC4BNC)

Four Elevators and a Single Device
NV-EC1701PLS-K4H Kit Includes: 1 x 1701+ Base Extender, 4 x 1701+ Link Adapter, 1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord, 1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA), 2 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter – pack of 2 (NV-BNCA-2P), 1 x BNC Coax Splitter 1:4 (NV-EC4BNC)

Four Endpoint Coax Extender Solution

Four Endpoint UTP Extender Solution


Quad 110 Watt Transmission System (Coax or UTP)

NV-EC1701PLS-K4H (EoC/UTP)

•       1 x 1701+ Base Extender (NV-EC1701PLS-BSE)

•       4 x 1701+ Link Adapter (NV-EC1701PLS-LK)

•       1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord

•       1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA)

•       2 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter, pack of 2. (NV-BNCA-2P)

•       1 x BNC Coax Splitter 1:4 (NV-EC4BNC)

Bus Connection When There is More Than One Device in an Elevator

Multiple Endpoint Daisy-Chain Coax Extender Solution

Multiple Endpoint Daisy-Chain UTP Extender Solution

**Important: NV-BNCA adapter is required for daisy chaining applications. For daisy-chaining: If purchasing an NV-EC1701PLS-K3H kit, please purchase one additional NV-BNCA separately. If purchasing an NV-EC1701PLS-K4H kit, please purchase two additional NV-BNCA separately.**

One Elevator With 2 Devices in Each Elevator
NV-EC1701PLS-K2H Kit Includes: 1 x 1701+ Base Extender, 2 x 1701+ Link Adapter, 1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord, 1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA), 1 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter – pack of 2 (NV-BNCA-2P), 1 x BNC “T” Adapter (NV-BNCT)

Dual 110 Watt Transmission System (Coax or UTP)

NV-EC1701PLS-K2H (EoC/UTP)

•       1 x 1701+ Base Extender (NV-EC1701PLS-BSE)

•       2 x 1701+ Link Adapter (NV-EC1701PLS-LK)

•       1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord

•       1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA)

•       1 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter, pack of 2. (NV-BNCA-2P)

•       1 x BNC “T” Adapter (NV-BNCT)

One Elevator with 3 Devices in Each Elevator
NV-EC1701PLS-K3H Kit Includes: 1 x 1701+ Base Extender, 3 x 1701+ Link Adapter, 1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord, 1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA), 2 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter – pack of 2 (NV-BNCA-2P), 1 x BNC Coax Splitter 1:4 (NV-EC4BNC)

Triple 110 Watt Transmission System (Coax or UTP)

NV-EC1701PLS-K3H (EoC/UTP)

•       1 x 1701+ Base Extender (NV-EC1701PLS-BSE)

•       3 x 1701+ Link Adapter (NV-EC1701PLS-LK)

•       1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord

•       1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA)

•       2 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter, pack of 2. (NV-BNCA-2P)

•       1 x BNC Coax Splitter 1:4 (NV-EC4BNC)

One Elevator with 4 Devices in Each Elevator
NV-EC1701PLS-K4H Kit Includes: 1 x 1701+ Base Extender, 4 x 1701+ Link Adapter, 1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord, 1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA), 2 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter – pack of 2 (NV-BNCA-2P), 1 x BNC Coax Splitter 1:4 (NV-EC4BNC)

Quad 110 Watt Transmission System (Coax or UTP)

NV-EC1701PLS-K4H (EoC/UTP)

•       1 x 1701+ Base Extender (NV-EC1701PLS-BSE)

•       4 x 1701+ Link Adapter (NV-EC1701PLS-LK)

•       1 x NV-PS55-110W Power Supply with IEC line cord

•       1 x BNC Screw Terminal Adapter (NV-BNCA)

•       2 x BNC to 2Pin Screw Terminal Adapter, pack of 2. (NV-BNCA-2P)

•       1 x BNC Coax Splitter 1:4 (NV-EC4BNC)

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Understanding the Differences Between MoCA (Multimedia Over Coax Alliance) and BroadR-Reach Technology for Ethernet over Coax Applications

What is MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance)?

Multimedia Over Coax Alliance (MoCA), founded in 2004, was developed by the Multimedia over Coax Alliance as a standard for networking over coaxial cable. The technology was originally developed for residential applications to distribute IP television in homes using the existing coax cabling. Today, MoCA devices are also used as an Ethernet link using a coax cable.

What are the Limitations of MoCA Devices?

The maximum transmission distance for a MoCA device depends on the version of MoCA being used and the quality of the existing coaxial cable infrastructure. It’s worth noting that the actual transmission distance can be affected by various factors, such as the quality of the coaxial cable. The greater the distance, the lower the available bandwidth. Additionally, the presence of splitters or other devices, the type of MoCA adapter used, and the level of interference from other electronic devices will also affect the transmission quality.

The transmission speeds will also differ between the varying products available on the market. The MoCA transmission provides a shared half-duplex link between all directly connected devices. Therefore, the number and type of MoCA devices and endpoints will affect the overall available bandwidth and speed.

MoCA Technology Standards

  • MoCA 1.0 has a maximum distance of around 300 meters (984 feet) and supports transmission speeds of up to 135Mbps.
  • MoCA 2.0 has a maximum distance of around 185 meters (607 feet) and supports transmission speeds of up to 1Gbps.
  • MoCA 2.5, the third version of MoCA, has a maximum distance of around 500 meters (1,640 feet) and can support transmission speeds of up to 2.5Gbps.

What is BroadR-Reach?

Developed by Broadcom, BroadR-Reach technology is an Ethernet physical layer that was originally designed for Ethernet over twisted-pair wiring in automotive applications. NVT Phybridge leveraged BroadR-Reach technology to develop a product set that builds on the BroadR-Reach signal format to allow for fast Ethernet transmission over single-pair UTP, multi-pair UTP, and coax cable at extended distances.

The NVT Phybridge CLEER24-10G switch extends Ethernet over new or existing coax wiring infrastructure, providing Fast Ethernet (100Mbps) connectivity over distances of up to 915 meters (3,000 feet) and 10Mbps up to 1,820 meters (6,000 feet).

Is BroadR-Reach Better than MoCA?

The short answer is yes, especially for commercial, industrial, and enterprise applications.

Unlike MoCA, the CLEER24-10G switch (using BroadR-Reach technology) provides a dedicated 100Mbps full-duplex transmission per downlink port. Therefore, there is no bandwidth sharing or degradation. Additionally, the CLEER24-10G switch offers a longer range than MoCA devices.

Both the CLEER24-10G switch and MoCA technologies are designed to provide high-speed data transfer, but they are intended for different types of use cases and employ different transmission technologies. The CLEER24-10G managed switch is an enterprise-grade solution delivering PoE+ with layer 3 functionality, while most MoCA devices are single-channel, unmanaged devices.

While MoCA is traditionally a home networking solution that uses existing coaxial cable, the CLEER24-10G switch provides robust and secure Ethernet over Coax at extreme distances, perfect for industrial, commercial, and enterprise network applications. Unlike MoCA devices that do not scale well due to their signaling format and crosstalk issues, the CLEER24-10G switch (using BroadR-Reach technology) provides industry-leading scalability and performance, even at extended distances.

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BREEAM & LEED

Working Towards BREEAM & LEED Certifications During Your Digital Transformation

What is BREEAM?

BREEAM is the global leader in sustainability assessment for buildings, infrastructure, and large-scale development projects.

What is the Purpose of BREEAM?

The objective of BREEAM is to encourage, assess, and ensure that construction projects mitigate the contribution to, and prepare for the effects of climate change. More specifically, BREEAM works to:

  • Encourage continuous improvement and innovation by evaluating projects against a set of rigorous requirements beyond current regulations.
  • Empower building, infrastructure, and community stakeholders to achieve their sustainability aspirations.
  • Build confidence and value by providing independent certification, demonstrating the BREEAM benefits to individuals, businesses, society, and the environment.

BREEAM provides digital platforms and online tools to manage data, submit reports for certification, interact with forums and other information-sharing platforms, and share knowledge.

How Does BREEAM Certification Work?

BREEAM provides independent third-party assessment and certification of the sustainability performance of individual buildings, communities, and infrastructure projects. BREEAM assessment and certification can take place during several stages of a project, including design, construction, operation, and refurbishment. Third-party certification involves the assessment of a project by a qualified and licensed BREEAM Assessor to ensure adherence to clearly stated quality and performance standards.

What is LEED?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an environmentally friendly building certification program used worldwide developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED provides rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of environmentally friendly buildings, homes, and neighborhoods.

What is the Purpose of LEED?

The objective of LEED is to help building owners and operators improve resource efficiency, reduce negative environmental impacts of development, and improve environmental sustainability. LEED believes in fostering safe, healthy, and sustainable communities for individuals to thrive. LEED believes that “every single human being on the planet should have safe and healthy places to live, work, learn and play. Leading long and healthy lives is not a privilege—it’s a right for everyone.”

How Does LEED Work?

The LEED rating system and framework can be applied to several types of construction projects, including interior and exterior building construction, building operations and maintenance, neighborhood development, homes, and communities.

Projects looking for LEED certification earn points for sustainable building strategies within several categories. Based on the number of points achieved, a project will earn one of the following ratings:

  • Certified (40-49 points)
  • Silver (50-59 points)
  • Gold (60-79 points)
  • Platinum (80+ points)

Get Started

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Power over Ethernet Standards

Power over Ethernet Standards, History, and Evolution

What is the difference between 802.3af (PoE) vs. 802.3at (PoE+)?

The difference between 802.3af vs. 802.3at (PoE vs. PoE+, respectively) is the amount of power delivered. The 802.3af PoE standard delivers 15.4 Watts to endpoint devices, while the more recent 802.3at PoE standard delivers 25.5 Watts to endpoint devices.

Power Over Ethernet History

802.3af (PoE)

The 802.3af Power over Ethernet standard was introduced in 2003 and would eventually support the initial explosion of IoT devices. 802.3af allowed installers to deliver power and data using one networking solution. It caused a significant increase in the deployment of powered devices (PDs) as there was no need to hire an electrician and a cabling specialist to deploy. Installers used Power over Ethernet networking solutions to provide power and data over a single cable to all manner of PDs.

802.3at (PoE+)

As time went on, device manufacturers created better solutions that required more power to operate. The 15.4 Watts that 802.3af provided was no longer acceptable, which led to a new Power over Ethernet standard. 802.3at was developed, providing up to 25.5 Watts of power to the PD. The increase in power was now able to support more intricate devices, such as cameras with movement motors and wireless access points with increased range.

After the 802.3at Power over Ethernet standard was introduced, organizations and device manufacturers were pushing the limits of technology. Quickly, there was a  need for even more power as devices became increasingly complex with additional features and mechanical capabilities. However, the industry and standards development was moving slower than the demand for better standards.

Users continually pushed the limits of existing technology and required additional power to support these systems and devices. We call this period the “wild-wild west” as six competing technologies looked to fill the void. Unfortunately, with no set standards to build upon, these separate technologies did not interoperate with one another.

802.3bt (PoE++)

Eventually, the industry developed the 802.3bt standard, also known as PoE++. An 802.3bt device delivers 60 Watts of power from the PSE (power sourcing equipment) to ensure 51 Watts to the PD. Industry adoption of 802.3bt was slow as several device manufacturers developed their own technologies during the “wild-wild west” period. Industry players are slowly moving towards the 802.bt standard as it is backward compatible with 802.af and 802.3at, but not all the competing standards developed during this time.

NVT Phybridge & 802.3bt

As with several networking manufacturers, NVT Phybridge started developing high-wattage PoE technology during the “wild-wild west” period when there was no standard to adhere to. Our goal was to support the highest number of endpoint devices from the six competing methodologies as possible. However, with little cooperation and interoperability available at the time, not all devices were interoperable. Thankfully, the industry has agreed that 802.3bt is the future, and all players, including NVT Phybridge, are working towards its adoption.

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Communication Standards Used in NVT Phybridge Technology

For over ten years, NVT Phybridge has led the industry in long-reach Ethernet innovation. Today, our large portfolio of solutions allows customers to leverage new or existing cabling to support Ethernet and PoE requirements. Our solutions are built upon two underlying technologies, HomePlug and BroadR-Reach, which allow us to offer the best long-reach protocols available on the market.

Standardization of technology allows industries to scale and grow without worrying about the compatibility of their devices. The IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard has allowed the market to propel the adoption of Ethernet networks all over the world. All NVT Phybridge products, regardless of the underlying technology, are fully compliant with IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standards.

What is ETSI TS 105 176-2 HomePlug

We are actively pursuing the standardization of core technologies used in the long-reach Ethernet space. HomePlug is currently being standardized (ETSI TS 105 176-2) across the industry using the PowerEOC Alliance. We are an active member of this group and have achieved standardization certification for our solutions running HomePlug technology. We’ve earned this certification, and our products using this technology are fully compatible.

What is IEEE 802.3cg

Ethernet Alliance has introduced the IEEE 802.3cg-2019 standard (also known as 10Base-T1L). NVT Phybridge was one of the first to adopt and use Broadcom BroadR-Reach technology in its products. As a result, we have helped develop this new standard based on this technology. We are currently testing IEEE 802.3cg to make sure it meets our customers’ needs and will look to adopt this technology ourselves in the future.

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What is the Trade Agreements Act (TAA)?

The Trade Agreements Act (TAA), enacted in July of 1979, is an Act of Congress that governs trade agreements negotiated between the United States and other countries under the Trade Act of 1974. The TAA was designed to maintain robust international trading systems while creating new trade opportunities for the United States of America. A product is generally TAA compliant if it is made in the United States of America or one of the following “Designated Countries”.

  • Nations in a free trade agreement with the United States of America, including Canada, Mexico, Singapore, and Australia.
  • Nations participating in the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA), such as Japan and several European countries.
  • Other developing and Caribbean Basin nations, such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Haiti, and others.

All NVT Phybridge IP products are made in Canada and are TAA compliant. Our products have been used by Federal, State, and Local U.S. government agencies to enable IP and IoT devices.

What is the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)?

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a series of United States federal laws specifying the annual budget and expenditures of the U.S. Department of Defense. Within the National Defense Authorization Act, S889 (a)(1)(A) and (B) states that the United States Government shall not use technology – in the entire supply chain – from a banned technology or surveillance company.

NVT Phybridge products, manufacturers, and suppliers do not use banned technology and do not source from/are not a banned company. Therefore, all NVT Phybridge IP products are eligible for use under the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act.

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In an ever-increasingly connected world, information security grows more critical by the minute

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Whether it is a cupcake shop guarding grandmas’ perfect recipe, or a multinational corporation protecting consumer information, information security is vital. As innovation drives convenience and ease of use, it is crucial to consider this impact on information security.

Every endpoint and network element can be a risk to this data. Organizations have the responsibility to ensure that customer and internal data are safe. Information is private, and we must make sure our data highways are as secure as possible.

Doing this requires an understanding of the ways that data can be compromised and subsequently protected. Wireless communications have become an area of growing concern. There are several wireless networking methods, including Wi-Fi, point-to-point relays, LTE5G, and technologies like Bluetooth and Zigbee.

Unlike wired solutions that transmit electrical pulses, wireless technologies create electromagnetic radiation that is broadcast through the air, like radio. Wired communications have been at the forefront of secured systems, given their physical attributes.

Information security can be broken down into Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability of data. When dealing with each of these characteristics, wired communications excel in the following areas.

Data Confidentiality

Confidentiality is ensuring that collected data remains in your hands. No unauthorized person or entity should be able to gain access to your data. Physical obfuscation of signaling with proprietary technology can ensure that data remains secure, whether encrypted or otherwise. Wireless and more common communication methods are more likely to be intercepted or “listened to” than data traveling on wired communications.

Data Integrity

Integrity is ensuring that data does not become modified or corrupted from the original. Wireless communications that external elements or rogue entities can easily access are at severe risk of integrity loss.

Transmitted signals can be altered by factors like air pressure/density, external electromagnetic sources, and physical objects in the environment, such as buildings and vehicles. Additionally, man-in-the-middle attacks can compromise data security using wireless Stingrays or other spoofed devices.

Data Availability

Availability is ensuring that data is present when it is needed. Uptime statistics for wired communications have historically dominated the wireless space. The added vulnerability of signaling over the air struggles to match the electrical pulses’ security benefits over a dedicated medium like a data wire.

Improve Security with NVT Phybridge Power Over Ethernet Solutions

Information security is an ever-present challenge. While analyzing network options, consider the risk and impact of various elements and address it before it is too late. While some technologies may offer conveniences at the time of installation, other innovations may exist to help keep your data safe while facilitating your IP/IoT migrations.

Do you need to build a secure network for your IP and IoT devices? Click here to learn more about NVT Phybridge PoE technology, including managed/unmanaged switches and single-port extender solutions. Exceptional signaling and long-range power delivery provide security benefits that wireless networking solutions can not achieve.

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Author – Nicolas Puello

Network Design and Support Specialist, NVT Phybridge

Nicolas Puello assists our customers and partners with pre-and post-sales support inquiries, including network configurationinstallation, and troubleshooting. With a background in Systems Analysis and Information Systems Security, Nicolas ensures our customers have the best possible products installed in the best possible layout for their needs. In his spare time, Nicolas leads an online community of over 3,500 individuals with an interest in simulation racing, computer hardware, software, and emerging technologies.

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Digital Transformation and the Internet of Things Improving Services Across Several Industries

We live in an age where smartphones and laptops are no longer a luxury; they are a requirement. For nearly every problem we have, there is a digital solution. Therefore, organizations of all sizes are using technology to revolutionize industry practices. Here are a few sectors that have undergone a digital transformation thanks to technological innovations.

Digital Transformation in Education

The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools to forego in-person learning, with students and teachers meeting on an online platform instead. However, many schools were already adopting educational technology to supplement and deepen students’ understanding of their lessons before the novel coronavirus had accelerated this trend.

In 2019 alone, EdTech investments in the United States had reached $18.66 billion. Meanwhile, the market for online education is forecasted to balloon to a whopping $325 billion by 2025.

It’s easy to see the drive behind these investments, as the Internet of Things presents countless opportunities to the education sector. Gamifying lessons through apps helps with students’ retention and their enjoyment of learning. Additionally, augmented reality (AR) technology aids in visualizing concepts that would otherwise be hard to understand, like chemical reactions. With these advantages, technology now plays an indispensable role in education, even in the new normal.

Digital Transformation in Healthcare

In a world of packed schedules, people have turned to technology to make healthcare more accessible. In Canada, telemedicine companies like Dialogue and Maven offer sought-after digital health solutions. These services eliminate the need to go to a doctor’s office and risk exposure to others.

Wearable technology such as smartwatches and fitness bands send personal health data to medical professionals in real-time to facilitate remote care delivery. This is especially important for COVID-19-vulnerable citizens or those who have difficulty traveling.

Aside from virtual care, predictive analytics and machine learning algorithms have also helped medical practitioners better assess their patients’ needs. This technology uses data recorded from previous patients to estimate outcomes and determine the best treatment course before an illness can reach its terminal stage.

Digital Transformation in Hospitality

At an ever-increasing pace, travelers often use apps to plan their trips and review hotel stays. With an increasingly tech-savvy customer base, the hospitality industry cannot afford to put off digitizing its services.

To adapt, hotels streamline the travel process by utilizing one-click booking services, complete with automated payment. Furthermore, smart technology installed in hotel rooms helps enhance the guests’ experience by turning the user’s voice into a universal remote control. This allows them to manipulate lighting and heating, turn on the television, or even order room service with a simple voice command.

Artificial intelligence has also found a place in the hospitality industry. Some establishments like The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas have begun to use AI concierges to provide guests autonomous utility. Meanwhile, hotels track user preferences through data analytics, using machine learning technology to offer a more personalized experience.

Digital Transformation in Transportation

Technology has been instrumental in helping commuters navigate public transportation, given the current health crisis. For instance, contactless payments are reducing the risk of spreading the virus. This transit app also provides information on mass transport occupancy levels to help enforce social distancing. Passenger counters outfitted on vehicles record and transmit foot traffic data in real-time.

Digital transformation has also provided benefits to transportation workers who work on the frontline of the pandemic. A Verizon Connect article on mobile management systems notes how these systems have helped empower people like bus and taxi drivers. This technology allows them to coordinate with their team remotely, receive up-to-date traffic information on their routes, and minimize physical contact through wireless payments.

These are just a few examples of how multiple industries have embraced technology to digitize the consumer experience, improve operations, and adapt to the global health pandemic. Is your organization planning a digital transformation project? Book a meeting with NVT Phybridge to learn how their Power over Ethernet solutions will lower infrastructure costs, simplify the deployment, and improve your overall return on investment!

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This article was guest-written exclusively for NVT Phybridge by Janet Russel.

Janet Russel is a database administrator and freelance writer whose interests lie in AI, analytics, IoT, and how these fields continue to develop and impact our daily lives.

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As a long-time Cisco Preferred Solution Partner, we are very excited to announce that NVT Phybridge is now on the Cisco Black Belt Academy!

What is Cisco Black Belt Academy?

The Cisco Black Belt Academy is an enablement framework that allows all Cisco resellers and distributors to learn how to effectively sell, deploy and support solutions to create better customer outcomes. The NVT Phybridge training academy includes presentations, brochures, video content, webinars, assessments, and more to help you learn about industry-leading Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions. We are excited to continue enhancing our relationship by assisting resellers through the Cisco Black Belt Academy.

Visit the Cisco Black Belt Academy, log in, and get started today!

Cisco Black Belt Academy is web-based and easily accessible, so you can work through the material anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace. Review documentation and video material as you work through the course to learn about the technology and how Cisco has used it to enhance customer experience worldwide. Review the key case studies and complete the relevant assessment to demonstrate your mastery of the content.

Improve Digital Transformation Outcomes

As you work through the Cisco Black Belt Academy content, you will learn about the PoLRE® (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) switch, which is available to Cisco and its partners on the Cisco Global Price List. The PoLRE switch delivers Ethernet and PoE over a single pair of UTP wire with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach, which is four times the reach of standard PoE switches. Deploy Cisco UC solutions using the customer’s existing CAT3 cabling infrastructure to create a secure and robust intent-based local area network.

Deployment is quick and simple and is achieved in three simple steps:

  1. Rack, stack, and configure the PoLRE switches.
  2. Connect the PoLRE switch to the customer’s existing network using the Amphenol connectors.
  3. Connect the Phylink adaptor and the new Cisco IP device and the endpoint location.

Get Started Today

Complete the NVT Phybridge training modules in the Cisco Black Belt Academy to get started. Your customers will thank you, as you will be able to help them deploy Cisco UC solutions without ripping-and-replacing their existing infrastructure, saving time, reducing cost, and simplifying the overall experience.

Want to join the program?

  • Go to Cisco SalesConnect and login with your Cisco credentials
  • Type Phybridge Black Belt in the search bar
  • Choose between the sales and presales tracks
  • Click the REGISTER button

Cisco Black Belt Academy

To learn more about Cisco Black Belt Academy, visit: https://bit.ly/2B2PfcL

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