The Largest Gas Station Chain in the United States of America Uses NVT Phybridge PoLRE Switches to Quickly Upgrade Over 4,500 POS Terminals and Meet the EMV-Compliance Deadline

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Summary

  • The largest gas station chain in the USA needed to upgrade its outside payment terminals to become EMV-compliant. The customer did not want to rip-and-replace the existing infrastructure due to cost and disruption concerns.
  • Ron Little, Owner of Coastal Integrated Services, had previously used NVT Phybridge products and suggested using the PoLRE switch to save over USD 1.6 million and prevent over 15-tons of e-waste.
  • Ron Little used Modern LAN principles to deploy over 4,500 POS systems across 39 fuel stations in just three months.

The largest gas station chain in the United States of America needed to upgrade its fuel pump’s POS terminals to meet EMV compliance standards. This is no ordinary gas station chain, as they have the largest convenience store (over 66,000 square feet) and the longest car wash (255 feet long) in the world.

What is EMV Compliance?

EMV Compliance is a step towards combating fraudulent activity at fuel pumps by increasing payment security using a more secure chip-and-pin payment system. As fuel stations become one of the most targeted establishments for payment fraud, merchants using older OPT (Outside Payment Terminal) systems that read the credit card’s magnetic stripe will bear the financial burden of any fraudulent activity. To become PCI/EMV compliant and avoid this risk, fuel stations must upgrade outdoor POS terminals to chip-and-pin readers.

With the EMV Compliance deadline quickly approaching, the organization had no idea how to upgrade, considering more than 4,500 outside payment terminals needed modernizing. Additionally, the company was already replacing its fuel pumps and wanted to upgrade the POS terminals as part of the digital transformation project.

However, project partners discovered several challenges while planning the upgrade. The organization wanted a wired solution for cybersecurity reasons but did not want to rip-and-replace the existing cabling that ran beneath the station’s fuel pump area. Any cable replacement would result in tremendous business disruption, cost, and revenue loss as each fuel station would need to be closed for multiple months for construction work. Project partners required an innovative and reliable solution to overcome the project’s barriers.

Solution

Ron Little, the integrator from Coastal Integrated Services, had used NVT Phybridge Ethernet over Coax switches to deploy IP cameras for the same gas station chain. Given the customer’s digital transformation challenges, Ron Little suggested using PoLRE technology to modernize the fuel pump’s POS terminals. Ron Little organized a free, no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the technology on-site.

PoLRE Technology – Single Pair Ethernet

NVT Phybridge PoLRE managed switches deliver fast Ethernet and PoE over single-pair UTP cable with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach, four times the reach of standard Ethernet switches.

After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed the existing single-pair UTP infrastructure into a robust Power over Ethernet backbone with more than enough bandwidth to support the POS terminals. “There was a lot of pressure built up with all the previous failures,” said Ron Little. “Then suddenly, the NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch solved our issues, and a massive weight was lifted off our shoulders. It was a great relief.”

The customer continued to perform extensive beta testing on several other products but found PoLRE to be the best solution. “The alternative solutions would constantly have link-down events, poor performance, and several connectivity challenges,” said Jeannie Newman, NVT Phybridge. “Once we locked down the configuration details with the PoLRE switch, the customer experienced zero connectivity issues or link-down events.”

Result

The NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch helped the customer eliminate cabling issues in an already complex project, avoiding the headache of ripping and replacing the existing network cabling. Ron Little and his team were able to upgrade an entire location in just two days (each site has about 100 fuel pumps). The solution was easily replicated across every location thanks to the PoLRE switch’s repeatable, predictable, and scalable deployment methodology. Additionally, PoLRE’s extended reach capabilities provided flexibility and peace of mind, given each fuel station’s immense size. The integrator leveraged NVT Phybridge PoE innovations to help the customer achieve incredible results.

  • Significantly reduced the cost, disruption, and time required to complete the digital transformation project.
  • Upgraded 15 locations in just one month, with all 39 sites completed within 90 days.
  • Reduced infrastructure costs by an estimated USD 1.6 million.
  • Prevented over 15-tons of cabling e-waste.

Coastal Integrated Services took a proactive approach to find a better way to achieve the customer’s digital transformation objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The customer now has a physically separate, robust, and reliable network backbone for its EMV-compliant POS terminals, thanks to the NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch.

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TTC Uses the NVT Phybridge FLEX24-10G Switch to Deploy IP Intercom Over Existing Network Infrastructure

Summary

  • The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the third-largest public transportation agency worldwide, serving Toronto and York Region with subway, bus, and streetcar services. The agency wanted to upgrade the intercom system throughout its subway stations.
  • The agency needed a way to deploy an IP intercom system without the high costs, disruption, and time required to re-cable 75 subway stations.
  • TTC used the NVT Phybridge FLEX24-10G switch to deploy 1,500 IP intercom devices over the existing network cabling.

Problem

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) wanted to upgrade the intercom system throughout its subway stations. However, during the planning process, the TTC discovered several obstacles that needed addressing.

The agency wanted to upgrade its intercom system with IP devices but did not know how it would ensure a robust and effective local area network to support it. Given the unique characteristics of a subway station, re-cabling would be extremely expensive, disruptive, and time-consuming.

Any disruption to subway operations would devastate the city’s transportation infrastructure, as city residents use TTC services to make over 1 million trips per day. Additionally, re-cabling the subway stations would take several months and far exceed the project’s budget. The TTC searched for an innovative solution to overcome its digital transformation barriers.

Solution

The TTC discovered NVT Phybridge and its long reach Power over Ethernet (PoE) innovations and engaged with one of their subject matter experts to learn more. After discussing the project and its challenges, NVT Phybridge recommended the FLEX24-10G switch. The agency was intrigued and organized a no-cost, no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the solution on site.

After a few simple setup steps, the FLEX24-10G transformed the existing network into a robust PoE backbone to support the new IP intercom system. FLEX24-10G delivers Gigabit speeds to standard reach and 10/100Mbps symmetrical, full-duplex, and PoE++ (50W) over 4-pair UTP or PoE+ (30W) over 2-pair UTP with up to 2,000ft (610m) reach. With six times the reach of standard switches, TTC was confident that they had found the perfect solution.

Result

The TTC took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to achieve its digital transformation objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The agency used its existing infrastructure and the NVT Phybridge FLEX24-10G switch to deploy over 1,500 NetSpire IP intercom devices throughout 75 subway stations. “NVT Phybridge allowed us to re-use our existing cabling,” said Norbert Koot, Senior Engineer, TTC. “Re-cabling all our subway stations would have represented a tremendous scope increase, which would have drastically amplified time and budget requirements to complete the project.”

“The NVT Phybridge FLEX24-10G switch allowed us to create a robust and secure network backbone for our new NetSpire Passenger Intercom System,” said Jeff Thurston, Project Manager, TTC. “The new solution provides greater communication flexibility to help TTC Operations improve the response time to customer’s needs.”

The Toronto Transit Commission was extremely impressed and satisfied with the solution, using the FLEX24-10G switch to achieve incredible results.

  • Leverage existing infrastructure to drastically decrease network readiness costs.
  • Simplify the entire digital transformation project while collapsing planning and deployment time.
  • Eliminate business disruption during planning and deployment.
  • Create a robust and secure IP platform that is easy to configure, manage, and troubleshoot.
  • Per the TTCs Green Procurement Policy, the agency chose the FLEX24-10G switch to avoid more than 9 tons of cabling e-waste.

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Summary

  • A U.S. police precinct was relying on outdated analog security cameras that were becoming increasingly unreliable
  • The customer decided it was time to upgrade its analog surveillance system to improve security and safety throughout the precinct

Problem

The customer wanted to deploy IP cameras throughout the precinct for improved video quality and enhanced capabilities. However, like most organizations, the precinct had a limited budget to deal with network requirements and wanted to avoid the high costs involved with ripping-and-replacing its existing coax-based infrastructure.

Solution

Given the customer’s objectives and challenges, reseller partner Minuteman Security Technologies recommended the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 Ethernet over Coax switch. Minuteman Security Technologies had used NVT Phybridge products in the past and was confident in the technology’s quality and performance.

The enterprise-grade CLEER24 managed switch delivers Ethernet and PoE+ over any new or existing Coax-based infrastructure with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach – that’s 18 times farther than standard Power over Ethernet solutions. The customer was impressed with the technology and decided to move forward with the project, having found the perfect solution.

Result

The Police Department now has a high-quality video surveillance system to protect its officers and visitors. Minuteman Security Technologies used the CLEER24 Ethernet over Coax switch to leverage the existing and reliable infrastructure, avoiding the costly rip-and-replace upgrade strategy. Deployment was quick and straightforward, with no renovations or disruption. The entire 20 camera solution was deployed within two weeks of ordering the CLEER24 switch.

The customer took a proactive approach to find a better way to achieve its digital transformation objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The customer created a physically separate, robust, and reliable security network without risk or compromise, thanks to the simplicity of the CLEER24 solution.

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A Latin American-based financial institution wanted to deploy IP security devices across several of its locations. However, the high cost and complexity involved with removing and replacing the existing coax-based infrastructure presented several barriers. The customer needed an innovative solution to overcome its challenges and enhance security.

Problem

The proposed digital transformation project was complex. The customer hoped to have eight locations complete with 1,600 new IP cameras by the end of the year. However, removing and replacing the existing Coax infrastructure would take months of work, with a price tag that was far too costly for the customer. The financial institution did not know how to proceed and nearly gave up on the project entirely due to concerns of:

  • Loss of revenue due to long-term business disruptions
  • The extremely high cost to rip-and-replace the existing yet reliable Coax cabling
  • Security risks and network downtime during the implementation

Solution

The customer learned about NVT Phybridge’s long reach Ethernet over Coax solutions and engaged with a subject matter expert to learn more. NVT Phybridge recommended leveraging the existing Coax cabling using the award-winning CLEER24 and EC10 EoC switches. The customer was intrigued and scheduled a no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the solution in their environment.

After a few simple setup steps, the CLEER24 managed switch and the EC10 unmanaged switch transformed the existing Coax infrastructure into a power-packed IP backbone with more than enough bandwidth to support the IP devices with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach. That’s 18-times the reach of standard switches. The customer was impressed and was confident that the NVT Phybridge Ethernet over Coax family of products was the perfect solution.

The CLEER24 and EC10 solutions eliminated all of the barriers that had kept the customer from modernizing to IP – no Coax replacements, no business disruptions, no service outages, no security risks, no network complexity, and no wasted budgets. “The customer had nearly given up on the possibility of having IP-based security cameras in their offices,” said Jaime Trujillo, Account Manager, NVT Phybridge. “But the CLEER24 switch changed the impossible to possible. The customer and integrator are both very satisfied.”

Result

The customer took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to achieve its digital transformation objectives in a financially responsible manner. Project partners used NVT Phybridge Power over Ethernet innovations to deploy over 3,000 IP security devices across several customer locations without the need to rip-and-replace the existing and reliable Coax infrastructure. The customer was extremely satisfied with the entire experience, as they were able to:

  • Accelerate deployment by eliminating the need to rip-and-replace the existing Coax infrastructure
  • Improve project ROI by allocating infrastructure cost savings towards more endpoints and applications
  • Eliminate unnecessary business disruption and network downtime to ensure business continuity and efficiency
  • Prevent over 20 tons of cabling e-waste

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NVT Phybridge Case Study: McKinney ISD

McKinney ISD (Independent School District) was founded in 1848 to support local business owners and farmers’ educational needs. Today, McKinney ISD is one of the fastest-growing school districts in Texas, with 68 facilities, including elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, early childhood education centers, and administrative offices.

Problem

McKinney ISD relied on an aging analog phone system that was out-of-date, end-of-life, and no longer supported. The school district wanted to upgrade to an IP communication solution across 37 separate buildings.

The school board already had a Fiber backbone that connected each of the buildings. However, the IP devices would also need power, meaning every classroom would require an MDF closet. This solution was not viable due to high costs, network complexity, network security, and safety concerns.

Additionally, many endpoint locations were well outside the 330ft (100m) reach limitation of standard switches. McKinney ISD considered laying new cable, but the $1.1 million price tag was far too high, the deployment times too long, and the project’s return on investment in jeopardy. The school district needed an innovative solution to modernize communication within the defined budget and time frame.

Solution

Due to the school district’s challenges, Cisco suggested the PoLRE switch to overcome the digital transformation barriers. The NVT Phybridge 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 switches. Cisco was confident in the PoLRE switch and coordinated with NVT Phybridge subject matter experts to present a tailored solution to the customer.

McKinney ISD registered for a free, no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the PoLRE switch in its environment. After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed the existing single-pair UTP cabling infrastructure into a power-packed IP backbone with more than enough bandwidth to support the Cisco IP devices. The school district was impressed with the solution and told its technology provider, CDW, to incorporate the PoLRE switch into the proposal.

Result

McKinney ISD took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to achieve its digital transformation goals without high costs, complexity, or disruption. CDW used the NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch to deploy over 3,300 phones without ripping and replacing the existing and proven voice infrastructure. Deploying across the 37 locations was quick and straightforward thanks to the PoLRE switch’s repeatable, predictable, and scalable deployment methodology, which further increased time and cost savings for the customer. “Deployment was quick and simple for the installation team,” said Jeannie Newman, Central US Sales Manager, NVT Phybridge. “Our Technical Support Team did an amazing job assisting with configuration over the phone.”

“The installation was really smooth,” said David Spann, CIO, McKinney Independent School District. “The PoLRE switch allowed us to modernize without having to deal with construction. We did our homework. Re-using our existing cabling and turning it into a more secure transmission model was a huge win for us and a huge win for our taxpayers. This really was a win for everyone.” McKinney ISD used the PoLRE switch to achieve incredible results:

  • Reduced infrastructure costs by more than $1.1 million.
  • Reduced the total deployment time by three years.
  • Avoided putting IDF closets in the classrooms.
  • Prevented over 10 tons of cabling e-waste.

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NVT Phybridge Case Study: St. Anne’s Church

Verkada VSaaS Deployment Made Possible with NVT Phybridge PoLRE Switch

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Summary

  • St. Anne’s Parish vestry wanted to upgrade from its failing local NVDR and CCTV security system to Verkada 4K ultra-high-definition IP cameras. However, the church could not re-cable due to high costs, disruption, and the historical significance of the building.
  • John Purnell, an IT industry consultant, led the digital transformation effort for St Anne’s Church. Purnell needed a networking solution to help the church modernize without ripping and replacing the existing CAT3 wiring infrastructure.
  • Purnell, who had used NVT Phybridge products in the past, suggested the use of the PoLRE switch.

St. Anne’s Parish vestry wanted to upgrade from its failing local NVDR and CCTV security system, comprised of 14 low-resolution cameras throughout the two buildings’ interior and exterior. The staff requested five additional camera views bringing the total to 19. The vestry wanted to deploy Verkada 4K ultra-high-definition IP cameras that store video in the camera, requiring a fast and reliable IP network. However, given the building’s age, St. Anne’s could not remove and replace its existing CAT3 network infrastructure due to high costs and complexity.

Solution

John Purnell, an IT industry consultant and Co-Chair of the St. Anne’s IT Committee, led the digital transformation effort for St. Anne’s. With several years of experience under his belt, Purnell was confident that an NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch would be the perfect solution for the project, including the church building in the circle and two buildings just down the street. Purnell discovered NVT Phybridge at a communications technology conference and had previously used the technology in several airport projects.

Purnell reached out to NVT Phybridge, detailing St. Anne’s digital transformation objectives and barriers. NVT Phybridge was happy to help and quickly supplied a PoLRE24 switch to support the upgrade to IP. The PoLRE24 switch delivers Ethernet and PoE over any new or existing single-pair UTP (CAT3) infrastructure with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach, four times the reach of standard Ethernet switches. NVT Phybridge also provided EC-Link Adapters after discovering coax cabling during implementation.

Result

Completely satisfied with the solution, St. Anne’s Church deployed a robust IP surveillance system to ensure safety inside and outside of the church and the parish house. “The IP cameras can store up to 30 days of video while performing analytics, which was not possible with our old NDVR,” said Purnell. “This allowed us to dramatically reduce network load and increase security, which was not possible with an NVDR or cloud-based solution.”

The reseller team from BlueCapIT was trained on deploying the switch within one hour, and the deployment was finished just a few hours later. St. Anne’s Church saved a tremendous amount of time and money by avoiding the traditional rip-and-replace process, considering the historical value and community significance of the buildings. “The NVT Phybridge Power over Ethernet switches allowed us to meet strict Historic Preservation requirements and quickly deploy IP cameras without re-cabling,” said the Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia, Rector of St. Anne’s Parish. “It’s incredible that we can support 4K ultra-high-definition IP cameras using the existing category-3 cable. NVT Phybridge helped prevent seven difficult cable runs and the disruption that comes with pulling cable. I am thrilled to have avoided the rip-and-replace of existing cabling while not compromising on performance.”

About St. Anne’s Church

St. Anne’s Church, located in Annapolis, MD, was established in 1692 and served as the Chapel Royal for Maryland. Following the American Revolution, the church building was rebuilt in 1792, which served the community until it was destroyed in a fire on Valentine’s Day evening, 1858. In less than two months, architectural drawings were presented for the third St. Anne’s Church. Construction was quickly completed, and the first service was held in July 1859. Francis Scott Key and several signers of the Declaration of Independence worshipped at St. Anne’s.

St. Anne’s Church is one of the most important landmarks in the Maryland State Capital, situated in the center of the main traffic circle. As an iconic symbol of Colonial Annapolis, preserving the historic building was very important to the City. In need of more space in the 19th and 20th centuries, the St. Anne’s established a Parish House for administration, programs, and a preschool about 100 yards down Duke of Gloucester Street.

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NVT Phybridge Case Study: Soaring Eagle Casino

Soaring Eagle Casino Deploys 1,300 IP Cameras Using the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 Ethernet over Coax Switch

Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort is a full-service entertainment venue near Mount Pleasant, Michigan, owned and operated by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation. The casino was relying on analog surveillance equipment that was becoming a security risk to the business. After growing concerns of reliability, failing devices, and low-quality video recordings, the casino decided it was time to modernize surveillance with an IP camera system.

Challenge

Soaring Eagle Casino wanted to modernize from its outdated analog surveillance system to an IP-based platform. However, the estimated complexity and cost of replacing the existing Coax-based infrastructure were not attractive. The casino required IP surveillance if it wanted to increase security but needed to overcome critical barriers to achieve its desired outcomes.

Customer Concerns

  • High costs to rip-and-replace the existing Coax cabling
  • Loss of revenue due to business disruption during deployment
  • Safety concerns with operating the casino during network downtime
  • Integrating the new IP security system on to the existing local area network

Solution

The customer approached its technology partner, North American Video (NAV), to overcome these challenges. As a leader in technology solutions for the gaming industry, NAV recommended the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 switch. NAV had used NVT Phybridge technology in the past with tremendous success and was confident in the solution. Soaring Eagle Casino was intrigued and decided to test the CLEER24 switch on-site through the NVT Phybridge proof-of-concept program.

In just a few simple setup steps, the CLEER24 switch transformed the customer’s existing Coax-based infrastructure into a robust IP backbone for the new IP cameras. The CLEER24 switch delivers fast Ethernet and PoE+ over coax cable with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach, which’s 18-times the distance of standard Ethernet switches.

Result

The customer was delighted with the CLEER24 Ethernet over Coax switch and the entire modernization experience. NAV deployed over 1,300 IP cameras throughout Soaring Eagle Casino without unnecessary risk, complexity, or high costs. The customer spent 40% less on infrastructure compared to a rip-and-replace strategy. These cost savings were reallocated to devices and applications, improving the project’s return on investment. The simple implementation also ensured no business disruption or network downtime during deployment.

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Punto Sur Secures Lifestyle Boulevard with IP Surveillance System Using NVT Phybridge FLEX Power over Ethernet Switches

Punto Sur is a shopping center located in Guadalajara, Mexico. However, it is much more than a typical shopping center. Punto Sur’s “Lifestyle Boulevard” is an urban and open entertainment center with shops, restaurants, hotels, and beautiful outdoor areas. Due to its vibrant and comfortable entertainment spaces, Punto Sur hosts many events that bring the surrounding community together. Punto Sur even has a large hall called the Balcony, where the community can host weddings, corporate events, or other large gatherings.

Problem

In 2018, while the outdoor shopping and entertainment complex was under construction, the company started looking at video surveillance solutions. The organization wanted Punto Sur to have IP cameras in all public spaces to ensure staff and visitors’ safety. Lifestyle Boulevard would ultimately include several indoor and outdoor spaces spread across many locations, which created several challenges in deploying an IP security solution:

  • Additional space, time, and effort needed to install several IDF closets to support IP cameras throughout the vast entertainment complex, given the 328 ft (100m) reach limitation of standard Ethernet switches
  • High infrastructure costs and extended deployment times to address the IDF closet requirements
  • The cyber-security risk of putting the IP cameras on the core network backbone

Solution

Considering the customer’s challenges, the reseller partner, Telenet, suggested NVT Phybridge FLEX technology. Telenet had used NVT Phybridge solutions in the past, trust the product’s performance and quality, and was confident in its ability to overcome the customer’s digital transformation barriers.

Due to the immense size of Lifestyle Boulevard, Telenet built a fiber optic backbone to connect the various locations within the entertainment complex. The NVT Phybridge FLEX24 and FLEX8 switches were used to support the new IP cameras using CAT6 Ethernet cabling. The FLEX family of products deliver fast Ethernet and PoE++ over multi-pair UTP cabling with up to 2,000ft (610m) reach – that’s six-times farther than standard Ethernet switches.

Equipment Used

FLEX24

 

Enterprise-grade 24-port managed long reach PoE switch

Delivers 10/100Mbps symmetrical (full duplex) and PoE++ (50W) over 4-pair UTP or PoE+ (30W) over 2-pair UTP with 2,000ft (610m) reach

FLEX8

Enterprise-grade 8-port unmanaged long reach PoE switch

Delivers 10/100Mbps symmetrical (full duplex) and PoE++ (50W) over 4-pair UTP or PoE+ (30W) over 2-pair UTP with 2,000ft (610m) reach

Result

Telenet took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support the customer’s IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. “We have used NVT Phybridge products in past installations and have found them to be very flexible, dynamic, and practical,” said Eduardo Rodriguez Vanegas, General Manager, Telenet. “Once again, we exceeded the customer’s expectations with NVT Phybridge technology and have experienced no issues.”

The organization was able to deploy over 250 IP cameras throughout Lifestyle Boulevard shopping center. The Punto Sur security team can monitor all activity in the entertainment complex from a centralized location using their new state-of-the-art viewing and IP surveillance system. By leveraging the NVT Phybridge FLEX family of solutions, the customer was able to:

  • Maintain a physically separate network for the new IP surveillance system, ensuring optimal performance, cybersecurity, and reliability
  • Leverage FLEX’s long reach capabilities to significantly reduce IDF closet requirements, guaranteeing a simple-to-manage surveillance network with less complexity and day-two support issues
  • Reduce the overall deployment time by three months
  • Reduce infrastructure costs by more than $50,000

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NVT Phybridge Case Study: American Institute for Cancer Research

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) advises the world on the latest information and data regarding cancer prevention. The organization funds research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity, and weight management to cancer risk. AICR then educates people worldwide about choices they can make to reduce their chances of developing cancer.

Challenge

Forward-thinking puts the American Institute for Cancer Research on the leading edge of cancer prevention. By applying that same forward-thinking, the AICR realized it needed to modernize its phone system to improve communication capabilities. AICR wanted to replace its existing analog phone system with a new, modern-day IP voice solution. The current phone system was supported by a CAT3 wiring infrastructure. Project partners suggested a rip-and-replace strategy in which the CAT3 wiring infrastructure would be replaced.

However, the American Institute for Cancer Research operates in a heritage building in Washington, D.C., and any building modifications or additions would be subject to severe restrictions. Cable installers estimated that 96 new cable runs would need to be added to the five-floor building, an option that proved to be too expensive for this non-profit organization.

Solution

The AICR’s telecom provider (VAR), McEnroe Voice & Data, suggested the use of new Power over Ethernet (PoE) innovations and introduced the customer to NVT Phybridge. The NVT Phybridge long reach PoE switch delivers fast Ethernet and PoE over single-pair UTP cable with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach – that’s four times the reach of standard Ethernet switches. Using the NVT Phybridge switch, the organization could avoid the costly and disruptive rip-and-replace process by leveraging the existing CAT3 cabling infrastructure for the new IP phone system.

“The installation was absolutely painless,” according to Michael McCarn, Director of Information Technology at AICR. “Our VAR sent four cabling techs on the day of our cutover. Two techs moved from desk to desk identifying the lines to be moved, while two more stayed in the phone closet and moved the connectors for each phone from the old analog system to the new NVT Phybridge switch. The switchboards were done within minutes, with the rest completed within two hours.”

“I was skeptical at first; I didn’t think the switch could deliver the smooth and painless installation promised by our VAR. I wasn’t even convinced the devices would work at all,” said McCarn. “However, having worked with the same VAR for more than 15 years, I decided to trust them – and I’m glad I did.”

Result

The modernization from analog to IP was completed within just 2 hours without high costs, complexity, or building modifications. The AICR now has a robust and reliable IP backbone to support its current and future communication needs.

The American Institute for Cancer Research took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to achieve its IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The organization created a secure, robust, and reliable voice network without risk or compromise, thanks to the simplicity of the NVT Phybridge switch solution. The customer was beyond satisfied, leveraging NVT Phybridge innovation to:

  • Enhance communication capabilities throughout the facility
  • Reduce infrastructure costs, allocating more budget to ROI-driving IP devices and applications
  • Quickly and easily deploy hundreds of IP phones thanks to the PoLRE switch’s repeatable, predictable, and scalable deployment methodology
  • Simplify network requirements to reduce the deployment time significantly
  • Avoid business disruption during implementation

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NVT Phybridge Case Study – Dinwiddie County

Located just 25 miles south of Richmond, Virginia, the municipality of Dinwiddie County serves nearly 25,000 constituents. The local government needed to modernize communication in the buildings that several departments worked out of, including Law Enforcement, the Board of Education, Parks & Recreation, and the Health Department.

Challenge

County administrators wanted to move approximately 160 users across multiple locations to an IP unified communications solution to improve voice and collaboration capabilities. However, layering voice applications and IP phones onto the County’s local area network (LAN) presented significant physical, financial, and operational barriers. The County did not want to be responsible for the ongoing management of a complex network, across multiple locations. This strategy would also require significant infrastructure changes and re-cabling efforts to accommodate a new IP phone system. Re-cabling costs were estimated at $26,000, a hefty price tag for any municipality striving to deliver optimal service at a reasonable cost. The County needed a simple, non-disruptive, and cost-effective solution to maximize taxpayer dollars and improve its return on investment.

Solution

Dinwiddie County turned to its telecommunications partner for advice, who recommended NVT Phybridge Power over Ethernet switch innovations. The NVT Phybridge PoE switch delivers Ethernet and PoE over a single pair of UTP wiring with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach, which is four times farther than standard PoE switches.

The NVT Phybridge switch solution allowed the County to leverage its existing and proven voice infrastructure to create a robust IP backbone for the new IP phone solution. Since the County was using its existing voice infrastructure, it was able to keep voice and data on physically separate networks to reduce cost, improve network design, and simplify ongoing LAN management.

Result

The NVT Phybridge switch allowed Dinwiddie County to quickly modernize its locations due to the repeatable, predictable, and scalable deployment methodology. Deployment was smooth and straightforward since the existing voice infrastructure was standard across every site.

Additionally, ongoing network management is simple, thanks to the physical separation of voice and data traffic. The NVT Phybridge solution also provided plenty of room for future expansion, if necessary.

Dinwiddie county took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to achieve its IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The County was able to modernize communication capabilities for its 160 users in record time while saving over $26,000 in network infrastructure costs. Government employees experienced no disruption during implementation.

 

“We easily disconnected the old phones and installed the new IP phones; simplicity was key.” Norman Cohen, Jr. Director of Information Technology, Dinwiddie County

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