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 EoC products 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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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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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.

Problem

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 4-Megapixel IP Verkada 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 generously donated 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 donated EC-Link Adapters after discovering coax cabling during implementation.

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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. In addition to the savings realized from the donated equipment, 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 PoLRE24 switch 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 cameras using the existing 13-year-old category-3 cable. NVT Phybridge helped prevent seven difficult cable runs and the disruption that comes with pulling cable.”

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NVT Phybridge Case Study: Soaring Eagle Casino Deploys 1,300 IP Cameras Using the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 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 was 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, that’s 18-times the distance of standard Ethernet switches.

Result

The customer was extremely satisfied 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 PoE 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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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 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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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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Case Study – Highland Community College

Highland Community College’s mission is to meet the needs of the Greater Northwest Illinois community through quality educational and cultural programs. The College serves thousands of students at its Freeport campus and satellite locations throughout the district. The institution offers comprehensive academic programming with over 60 degrees and certificates.

Challenge

On any given day, thousands of students and hundreds of instructors can be on campus at Highland Community College. To ensure everyone’s safety, the institution wanted to prepare emergency response plans in the event of a tragedy. Whether it was a natural disaster or a human-made crisis, the College needed a dependable system to transmit communications throughout the campus to students, teachers, and visitors.

Highland Community College needed to build a robust IP voice network for the emergency phone system without high costs or disruption. The College has eight main buildings that were constructed over four decades. The existing phone system was a 12-year-old digital PBX that was no longer supported, and spare parts were becoming difficult to find. The institution wanted an IP phone solution. However, due to budget constraints and security concerns, the College wanted to keep voice communications traffic on a separate network. The College did not want to layer voice on the data local area network (LAN) and go through the disruptive and expensive LAN readiness requirements.

Solution

Due to the project’s challenges, Highland Community College’s telecom provider, ATI, recommended NVT Phybridge Power over Ethernet switch innovations. The NVT Phybridge PoE solution would leverage the campus’s existing and reliable CAT3 infrastructure to create a robust IP backbone for the new IP phone system. The NVT Phybridge switch also extends connectivity up to four-times farther than standard solutions, providing new capabilities and flexibility in network design. The College was impressed with the solution and decided to move forward using the NVT Phybridge switch.

Result

ATI was able to install, configure, and test the new IP phone system in just a few days without complex integration issues with the data network. “Installing the NVT Phybridge solution was incredibly smooth,” said Tom Bruehler of Highland Community College. “There was a week allocated for the implementation, and the entire 8-building campus was up and running in just a few days.”

The customer maintained its physically separate voice network while modernizing to IP, increasing reliability and overall quality of service. The College was impressed with its new robust voice and data communication capabilities. The extended reach capabilities of the NVT Phybridge solution ensured that all PoE equipment was consolidated in one location, significantly reducing the network’s cost and complexity.

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Case Study – Correctional Facility Enables IP Surveillance Solution Using NVT Phybridge Ethernet over Coax Technology

A Mexican correctional facility was relying on an outdated analog surveillance system that could no longer meet the growing demands of the prison. The organization responsible for managing the prison decided it was time for an upgrade and wanted to modernize the facility with a new IP security solution. The customer was interested in deploying IP cameras due to their enhanced video quality, better analytic capabilities, and overall improvement of security for staff, inmates, and the surrounding community.

Challenge

Several barriers needed to be addressed before the customer could deploy the new IP surveillance solution. The existing analog security cameras were supported by a Coax infrastructure that ran through the entirety of the prison. The concrete walls of the facility made it extremely difficult and costly to rip-and-replace the existing, yet reliable, Coax infrastructure.

Additionally, IP cameras needed to be deployed across all 23 areas of the prison. Considering the 328ft (100m) reach limitation of standard PoE switches, the organization was concerned with the cost and space requirements of installing several IDF closets throughout the facility to ensure connectivity in all 23 areas. The customer needed to reduce the infrastructure costs of the project to justify the return on investment to the province.

Disruption was also a major issue while planning the digital transformation project. Like all correctional facilities, there are strict policies surrounding operation schedules. Any work done to the prison could not interfere with daily operations, to ensure the safety of staff and the community. The organization needed an innovative solution to overcome its digital transformation barriers and improve the project’s ROI.

Solution

Given the project’s challenges, an IT Manager for the province recommended NVT Phybridge Ethernet over Coax technology. The IT Manager had been an expert in the field for over 10 years and had used NVT Phybridge products in the past. The prison’s digital transformation team was intrigued by the technology and booked an online meeting to learn more.

The NVT Phybridge CLEER family of products deliver Ethernet and PoE+ over any new or existing Coax infrastructure with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach – that’s 18 times farther than standard PoE solutions. The customer was impressed with the technology and decided to move forward with the project; having found the perfect solution.

Result

The customer used NVT Phybridge CLEER innovations to leverage the existing and reliable Coax infrastructure; avoiding the costly rip-and-replace upgrade strategy. There was no disruption to the prison during implementation, as infrastructure requirements were significantly simplified. “The NVT Phybridge equipment allowed us to reduce the initial costs of the project, allowing the project to be approved,” said the Government Agency’s Project Manager.

The institution deployed over 80 IP cameras across the facility without the need for a single new IDF closet, thanks to the solution’s long reach capabilities. The customer was able to keep the security network completely independent of the main network for ease of management. NVT Phybridge helped the customer converge the networks with a single wire in a highly secure manner to ensure centralized monitoring of the system. “NVT Phybridge helped simplify the deployment of IP technology in a difficult environment, which ultimately made the project feasible,” said Enrique Nares, Presale Engineer at Grupo HEMAC.

The customer achieved incredible results, using the NVT Phybridge Ethernet over Coax solution to:

  • Avoid the disruptive and costly rip-and-replace upgrade method, reducing infrastructure costs by more than $50,000 USD
  • Reduce the total deployment time by five months
  • Deploy a new IP surveillance solution throughout the prison with no operational disruption
  • Simplify network design by leveraging the existing, point-to-point, Coax infrastructure
  • Avoid additional maintenance costs associated with complex networks and IDF closet requirements

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Case Study – El Paseo South Gate

El Paseo South Gate is a large shopping center, located in South Gate, California. Guests visit to take advantage of the shopping, food, and entertainment amenities while enjoying the stunning modern architecture and large outdoor murals.

El Paseo South Gate was relying on an analog surveillance system that was installed in the late ‘90s. The system was becoming increasingly unreliable and could no longer meet the organization’s modern-day security needs. The center tried replacing the cameras and the DVRs, however, this did not provide the ideal level of quality that was needed. El Paseo South Gate wanted to modernize its surveillance capabilities and deploy a new IP security solution.

Problem

Several challenges needed to be addressed before implementing the new IP security system. El Paseo South Gate wanted to deploy IP cameras to get complete surveillance coverage throughout the interior of the mall and in outdoor areas, including parking lots and the parking garage. Many desired endpoint locations were well beyond the 328ft (100m) reach limitation of standard Ethernet switches, and installing IDF closets would add cost and complexity to the project.

A Coax-based infrastructure supported the existing analog camera system. The customer was concerned with the potential high cost, complexity, and disruption from ripping out the Coax and replacing it with a CAT6/Fiber backbone. Additionally, there was minimal cable route location information due to a lack of documentation from the original installation. Many environments, including the parking garage, had concrete walls, making the task of re-cabling even more difficult. The customer needed an innovative solution to overcome its IP modernization challenges.

Solution

OC Tech Innovations (OCTI) met with NVT Phybridge at ISC West, one of the largest North American security events, and discovered the CLEER24 long reach PoE switch. The enterprise-grade CLEER24 switch is an EoC (Ethernet over Coax) innovation that delivers Ethernet and PoE+ over any new or existing Coax cable with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach. That’s 18-times the reach of a standard Ethernet switch. OCTI connected with the local NVT Phybridge team and arranged a proof-of-concept to test the solution.

After a few simple setup steps, the CLEER24 transformed the customer’s existing and proven Coax-based infrastructure into a robust IP backbone for the new IP cameras. OCTI and NVT Phybridge worked together to deliver several pre-sale demonstrations for the customer to ensure it was the right solution for their needs. El Paseo South Gate was impressed with the solution and decided to move forward with the modernization initiative.

Result

Reduced infrastructure Costs for Better ROI

El Paseo South Gate was completely satisfied with the entire experience. OCTI used the CLEER24 switch to enable several of the IP cameras, including those in hard to reach places, such as the parking garage. “The CLEER24 switch was especially helpful when connecting IP cameras on the fifth level of the parking garage”, said Behzad Faridnia, Founder and Chief Innovator, OC Tech Innovations. “These runs were originally done via encased conduit without pull strings. If new cabling was needed, this would have required a new surface mounted conduit system to be installed.” OCTI estimates that El Paseo South Gate saved approximately $465,000 in infrastructure costs using the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 switch; a total cost reduction of 71%. “We are confident that this would not have been possible without the NVT Phybridge EoC product line,” said Behzad. “The client is very satisfied as they were able to avoid costly trenching and unsightly conduit runs to install these new cameras.”

Simple and Fast Deployment

By leveraging the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 switch and avoiding the rip-and-replace process, the total deployment time was reduced by two months. “The NVT Phybridge solutions were easy to deploy,” said Behzad. “Their wide range of adapters allowed us to include multi-sensor and PTZ cameras (pan-tilt-zoom) with higher PoE requirements while auto-negotiating PoE within the same system from the same switch.”

The slim form factor of the CLEER24 switch was easily incorporated into the customer’s existing rack and ensured plenty of open rack space for future expansion. “The NVT Phybridge extenders are slim and fit easily into the pole mount and enclosures where space is at a premium,” said Behzad. “The NVT Phybridge extenders are far slimmer than the other brands on the market.”

Simple LAN Design

OCTI was able to consolidate all cable runs to the customer’s main server room without the need for costly intermediate distribution frame (IDF) closets. “This significantly reduced network costs for El Paseo South Gate and simplified network design as we were able to utilize all original conduit runs, removing the need for costly trenching,” Behzad commented.

Superior Performance at Greater Lengths

The NVT Phybridge EC4 adapter provides the ability to connect up to four IP devices over one long run Coax cable. OCTI and El Paseo Plaza plan to add IP-based annunciators using the existing Coax cable runs and the EC4 adapter.

When assessing the customers existing infrastructure, OCTI found that many cable runs had several splices with BNC couplers. “At first, we were concerned that these splices would degrade the overall signal,” said Behzad. “However, the signal had no issue passing through, even when with an 8-splice run.” The CLEER24 switch was able to support high demand cameras at great lengths, even in the toughest environments. “Even when connecting the longest cable run, we had no issues getting the IP camera online,” commented Behzad.

Physical Network Segmentation

OCTI was able to maintain a physically separate network for the new IP camera system. This will enhance network security, reduce ongoing costs, and simplify LAN management. “For security reasons, the system is “air-gapped” with the Video Management System (VMS) acting as the middleman between the surveillance network and the local LAN network for other devices”, said Behzad. “The NVT Phybridge admin portal was easy to configure for alignment with the surveillance-only subnet.”

Industry-Leading Pre and Post Sale Support

“Pre- and post-sales support were beyond the level we expected in terms of detail and personalization,” said Behzad. “This was a breath of fresh air as far too many companies disappear once the project is won. We appreciated the support and look forward to adding NVT Phybridge as our go-to solution for IP modernization projects. We are already exploring the use of other products for other challenges we are facing”.

About OC Tech Innovations

OC Tech Innovations (OCTI) provides full-service Low-Voltage Electrical, Information Technology, Surveillance, and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) services to private businesses and all levels of Government Entities. Their priority is on providing exemplary customer service that exceeds expectations. OC Tech Innovations work with their clients to generate long-term creative solutions that save time, money, and energy by using a combination of hardware, software, and next-generation technology. By providing free workshops, custom presentations, and incorporating the use of Artificial Intelligence into their projects, they are able to provide a unique perspective on the world of today while preparing for the challenges of tomorrow. Learn more at www.octechinnovations.com.

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