NVT Phybridge FLEX switches improve digital transformation for multinational petrochemical manufacturer BASF

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Summary

  • BASF, a petrochemical manufacturer, wanted to upgrade its outdated analog CCTV security system to a new TecTradeSolution IP surveillance solution for improved monitoring of its German production sites with Morpheus IP-cameras.
  • Major crosstalk issues led the customer to become extremely dissatisfied with the current Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch provider.
  • The reseller partner, TecTradeSolution, replaced the inferior equipment with NVT Phybridge FLEX PoE switches, significantly improving performance and reliability.

Problem

BASF, a global leader in petrochemical manufacturing with multiple European sites, needed to upgrade its outdated analog CCTV system at one of its massive German sites, housing over 2,000 buildings and 200 production sites. The customer wanted to deploy a TecTradeSolution IP surveillance solution to improve site monitoring and gain the ability to detect process anomalies throughout its production facilities and depots.

The company wanted to upgrade to IP surveillance but faced infrastructure challenges, as the old analog solution was running on J-Y(ST)Y cabling. BASF needed a solution that could leverage its existing cabling to align with the organization’s sustainability initiatives. An alternative PoE switch was used, which led to major crosstalk issues. This had to be replaced by a more robust network solution.

Solution

The reseller partner, TecTradeSolution, was aware of NVT Phybridge long-reach PoE switches and proposed the use of FLEX8 PoE switches and FLEX adapters for the IP upgrade. The NVT Phybridge FLEX8 Power over Ethernet switch delivers Ethernet and PoE++ over any new or existing multi-pair UTP infrastructure with up to 2,000ft (610m) reach. BASF agreed to engage in a no obligation proof-of- concept to test the technology in its environment. After a few simple setup steps, the NVT Phybridge FLEX8 long reach PoE switch transformed the customer’s existing cabling infrastructure into a robust and secure network for the new IP surveillance system, while eliminating the crosstalk issues.

Result

BASF used the NVT Phybridge FLEX8 PoE switch to enable the new, high-resolution TecTradeSolution IP surveillance cameras for a seamless and highly secure deployment. The solution’s long-reach capabilities eliminated the need for additional IDF closets and solved the crosstalk issues the customer was initially facing while attempting to use an alternative solution. “Deployment using the NVT Phybridge FLEX8 switch was extremely easy, even at our longest distances,” said BASF. “There was no need for special training for the onsite assemblers and the product was quite literally a plug-and-play solution.”

TecTradeSolution was able to help the customer save both time and money while providing an innovative solution to solve the customer’s unique problems. The customer now enjoys the benefits of IP surveillance cameras, including improved monitoring, image quality, and the ability to detect process anomalies.

BASF was extremely pleased with the results of the IP upgrade, having used the NVT Phybridge FLEX8 switch to:

  • Eliminate crosstalk issues caused by a competitor’s networking
  • Use its existing network infrastructure to minimize operational disruption at the busy facilities
  • Reduce infrastructure costs while significantly reducing project deployment
  • Create a highly secure and physically separate network for the new IP surveillance
  • Achieve its goals of sustainability by minimizing cabling e-waste.

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NVT Phybridge Case Study: Hitachi Rail Deploys New IP Cameras System Using Existing Coax Network Infrastructure

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Summary

  • Hitachi Rail needed to upgrade from an analog to an IP camera system
  • Installing new CAT6 infrastructure would be too costly and disruptive
  • Hitachi Rail leveraged existing coax cabling to improve the digital transformation outcomes

Hitachi Rail, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Hitachi, delivers innovation through the development and maintenance of trains to drive sustainable connectivity. Hitachi Rail designs and manufactures signaling systems, components, and other technologies to manage and control new or upgraded railway systems worldwide.

Problem

In coordination with Advantex Network Solutions, Hitachi Rail needed to replace an outdated analog CCTV system with a new IP surveillance solution. The customer wanted to deploy IP cameras throughout the Hitachi Rail Ashford Depot in the southern region of the United Kingdom. However, the installation of CAT6, fiber optic cable, and additional networking closets threatened the project with high costs, complexity, and business disruption.

Solution

Having already used NVT Phybridge products, Michael O’Connell and Tony Easingwood of Advantex Network Solutions suggested leveraging the existing coax cabling using the CLEER family of Ethernet over Coax (EoC) solutions. NVT Phybridge CLEER switches deliver up to 50 watts of power (PoE++) and 10/100 Mbps symmetrical, full-duplex, over coax cabling with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach, which is 18 times farther than standard solutions.

Result

Hitachi Rail was impressed with the proposed solution and decided to move forward with the project. “The deployment was very straightforward with the training we received from NVT Phybridge,” said Michael O’Connell, Advantex Network Solutions. “We pre-built the entire system within our pre-build area, which allowed us to allocate each port to an EC Link+ (NV-ECLK-PLS) and then to its IP camera. When deployment began, each device was installed into its planned location.”

The new CCTV was installed within the Ashford Hitachi depot across all the external stabling, covering the whole perimeter and access/egress to the site. The NVT Phybridge EoC technology leveraged the existing coax cabling, eliminating the need for costly and disruptive infrastructure changes. Additionally, the system is easily expandable, as the customer can deploy extra IP cameras using the EC4 (NV-EC-04) adapter, which enables up to 4 IP endpoints from a single coax cable run. Hitachi Rail and Advantex Network Solutions were extremely satisfied with the project’s outcomes, having achieved incredible results for the customer.

  • Reduced network infrastructure costs by £350,000
  • Reduced deployment time by 14 weeks
  • Eliminated potential disruption of regular train schedules caused by construction and re-cabling work throughout the rail depots

Sustainability

Hitachi Rail’s mission is to “contribute to society through the development of superior, original technology and products.” One of its sustainability goals is to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% by fiscal year 2030. In line with the organization’s overall environmental sustainability and carbon reduction goals, NVT Phybridge EoC technology allowed the reuse of existing cabling, preventing over 635 kilograms of e-waste.

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Reseller partner recommends NVT Phybridge FLEX switches to improve digital transformation outcomes

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Summary

  • New Mexican golf club needed an IP security system
  • Several IP camera locations were beyond the 328ft (100m) reach of standard Power over Ethernet switches
  • BETA Security leveraged NVT Phybridge PoE switches to overcome the customer’s challenges

Problem

A new golf club in Mexico needed to deploy an IP surveillance system. When the golf club was designed and built, the developers did not consider the need for a surveillance installation when designing the underground pipes for wiring. The reseller partner, BETA Security, called in NVT Phybridge to help find a solution to the customer’s digital transformation barriers.

Solution

After assessing the customer’s environment, Sergio Nava, Operations Director at BETA Security, recommended the FLEX switch. The NVT Phybridge FLEX switch delivers up to 50 Watts of power (PoE++) and 10/100/1000 Mbps symmetrical, full-duplex, over multi-pair UTP cabling with up to 2,000ft (610m) reach, which is six times farther than standard switches.

The customer was impressed and requested a no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the solution on-site at no additional cost. After a few simple setup steps, the FLEX switch created a robust and reliable PoE backbone for the IP cameras with far less intermediate equipment needed along the way.

Result

BETA Security used the NVT Phybridge FLEX switch to enable new IP cameras exactly where the customer needed them. BETA Security estimates the FLEX switch reduced network infrastructure costs by 65% compared to alternative solutions, including wireless and fiber optic installations. Although fiber optic cable was used, the FLEX switch significantly reduced the need for increased fiber optic cabling. “The implementation experience was quick and simple thanks to the intuitive GUI interface,” said Sergio Nava. “The software’s interface is easy to use and graphically superior to other solutions.”

The FLEX switch was simple to implement with the existing network equipment and reduced the overall deployment time by 33%. The FLEX switch delivers high-quality video feeds to the VMS in real-time. “It was a great experience working with the FLEX switch,” said Sergio Nava. “We also connected the FLEX switch to access control equipment to read equipment tags and plates in real-time.”

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Casino leverages existing coax infrastructure to avoid disruption and long deployment times

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Summary

  • A casino in Puerto Rico wanted to deploy a new IP surveillance system but struggled with network readiness barriers.
  • The casino wanted to avoid laying new cable throughout the facility due to long deployment times and business disruption.
  • An Ethernet over Coax (EoC) innovation was proposed to overcome the customer’s digital transformation barriers.

Problem

A casino in Puerto Rico was relying on an outdated analog security system and wanted to upgrade to a modern IP surveillance solution. However, the casino first needed to overcome LAN readiness barriers to support IP cameras throughout the facility effectively.

The robust coaxial backbone supported the existing analog security devices. The casino was highly concerned with business disruption and the time required to install new CAT6 cabling throughout the building to support the new IP cameras. The organization was unwilling to partially or entirely shut down the casino for network remediation.

Solution

The reseller, EAS Systems, needed to find a solution to overcome the customer’s challenges before moving forward with the digital transformation project. EAS Systems discovered NVT Phybridge at a security expo and engaged with one of their subject matter experts for assistance. Considering the customer’s challenges, NVT Phybridge recommended the CLEER24 Ethernet over Coax solution.

The NVT Phybridge CLEER24 switch delivers fast Ethernet and PoE+ over coax cable with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach, which is 18-times the reach of standard Ethernet switches. EAS Systems was impressed and decided to move forward with the project, having found the perfect solution.

After a few simple setup steps, the CLEER24 switch transformed the existing coax infrastructure into a power-packed PoE backbone for the new IP camera system. Using the existing coax, EAS Systems maintained a physically separate network for the new surveillance solution, maintaining end-to-end control of the network with no impact on the casino’s core business network.

Result

EAS Systems upgraded the customer’s security capabilities without a major network overhaul, while the customer enjoys better IP cameras, modern security applications, and the improved safety of staff and visitors. “The NVT Phybridge Ethernet over Coax switches provided a simple and quick solution to our networking challenges by combining existing cabling with state-of-the-art switching technology,” said Pedro Bonnin, EAS Systems. “We were able to satisfy the customer’s requirements while providing quality and reliability.”

The casino was impressed with the EoC solution and the outcome of the digital transformation project, having experienced incredible results:

  • An accelerated digital transformation project by reusing the existing coax cabling instead of re-cabling the casino
  • A straightforward deployment and integration with existing network equipment
  • The elimination of potential business disruption to avoid financial loss or a poor customer experience

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Multinational Financial Services Firm Demonstrates Commitment to Net Zero Future

British Financial Company Staying True to its Environmental Commitment During IP Security Deployment

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A multinational financial services firm committed to environmental leadership is adopting innovations to transition to a global net-zero economy. The organization is leveraging cutting-edge NVT Phybridge Power over Ethernet innovations to support its IP camera deployment across more than 1,200 locations.

NVT Phybridge CLEER24-10G enterprise-grade Ethernet over Coax managed switch is helping the customer transform its existing coax infrastructure in every branch into a robust and secure network platform for its new IP cameras system. The objective is to enhance physical security capabilities to improve safety for staff and customers while better protecting its buildings and assets.

The financial services firm will use the CLEER24-10G switch to:

  • Eliminate an estimated 190 tons of cabling e-waste to reduce the digital transformation’s carbon footprint.
  • Accelerate the IP security deployment in over 1200 locations by leveraging the existing coax infrastructure.
  • Simplify network requirements by applying a repeatable, predictable, and scalable deployment process across all locations.
  • Create a better return on investing (ROI) by allocating infrastructure cost savings towards IP endpoints and applications.
  • Create a highly secure and robust network platform by physically separating IP requirements from the core business.
  • Eliminate network complexity by applying Modern LAN principles.

The financial services organization leads the shift towards a more environmentally responsible world. The organization demonstrates its leadership and commitment by adopting innovations that support its business requirements while being true to its environmental goals – a global net-zero economy.

“This project would not have been possible without NVT Phybridge long reach Ethernet over Coax technology,” said Denny Loranca, Project Engineer at Tecsis. “The new CLEER24-10G switch is helping us simplify and accelerate the deployment of over 25,000 IP cameras for the customer while helping them achieve their environmental goals.”

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NVT Phybridge PoE Switch Technology Reduces Digital Transformation Costs by 50% for Funeral Service Provider

NVT Phybridge Case Study – Funeral Services

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Summary

  • A cremation and funeral service provider wanted to upgrade from a digital phone system to an IP communication solution across several locations.
  • The customer needed to avoid business disruption and unnecessary infrastructure costs
  • Convergent Solutions used the NVT Phybridge PoLRE LPC switch to remove the customer’s digital transformation barriers and reduce infrastructure costs by more than 50%.

Problem

A cremation and funeral service provider with several locations across Wisconsin wanted to upgrade from a digital phone system to an IP communication solution across several locations. While the organization wanted to provide employees with new communications capabilities, it first needed to overcome critical infrastructure barriers.

The customer’s funeral service locations were designed to look like homes instead of offices. With ceilings made of drywall instead of the usual drop ceiling, re-cabling would be complex, disruptive, and costly. The organization was very concerned with the potential for business disruption, as booked funeral services require calm, clean, and respectful environments that cannot be tarnished with ongoing construction work or building renovations. The organization needed an innovative solution to modernize communication without business disruption or high costs.

Solution

Technology integrator, Convergent Solutions, discovered NVT Phybridge Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions and recommended the PoLRE LPC switch to help overcome the customer’s digital transformation barriers. The 8-port PoLRE LPC switch delivers fast Ethernet and PoE over single-pair UTP (CAT3) cable with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach – four times farther than standard switches. The customer was impressed and decided to move the project forward using NVT Phybridge Power over Long Reach Ethernet technology.

Result

After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE LPC switch transformed the customer’s existing single-pair UTP infrastructure into a robust and secure IP network backbone for the new IP communication solution. “This was our first time using the product, and it was very successful,” said Troy Thompson, Owner of Convergent Solutions. “NVT Phybridge products allowed our integrators to focus on key business applications instead of costly and difficult infrastructure upgrades.”

Convergent Solutions modernized the customers’ communication system and provided connectivity beyond the traditional 328ft (100m) distance limitation without modifying the existing IDF closets. “The PoLRE LPC switch provided a slide-in design that simplified deployment,” said Troy Thompson. “We avoided after-hour labour costs and complex infrastructure upgrades for the customer while providing a simple, quick, and hassle-free deployment for our installers.”

Compared to the traditional approach of removing and replacing network cabling, the PoLRE LPC switch reduced infrastructure costs by more than 50% for the funeral home. The customer experienced zero business disruption during deployment, allowing for uninterrupted funeral services. “The customer’s facilities did not allow for any disruption or simple infrastructure upgrades,” said Troy Thompson. “The NVT Phybridge product allowed for the quick and easy modernization of existing infrastructure with no environmental disruption for the customer or its guests.”

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NVT Phybridge Case Study – Disposable Product Manufacturer

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Summary

  • A single-use disposable product manufacturer wanted to upgrade its outdated analog CCTV security system with a new Axis IP surveillance solution.
  • The manufacturer wanted IP cameras inside and outside the facility while avoiding the cost and complexity of laying new cables and installing new networking closets.
  • The NVT Phybridge FLEX PoE switch simplified the project with its cable-type flexibility and long reach capabilities.

Problem

A single-use disposable product manufacturer with seven manufacturing locations across Mexico wanted to update its existing analog CCTV security system that was outdated and unreliable. The organization wanted to upgrade its manufacturing locations with an Axis IP camera system that would provide surveillance coverage inside and outside the facilities.

The company wanted surveillance coverage inside and outside the facility, especially in the vast parking areas that store the fleet of over 450 tractor-trailers. However, the project was threatened by high costs, complexity, and permit requirements to lay new cables to support cameras in all areas. The organization needed an innovative networking strategy to support the new Axis IP camera system inside and outside the facility.

Solution

Grupo SITE, a key partner in the region, suggested an NVT Phybridge FLEX PoE solution to overcome the customer’s digital transformation barriers. The FLEX PoE switch delivers Ethernet and PoE++ over any new or existing multi-pair UTP (CAT5/6) cabling with up to 2,000ft (610m) reach. The customer agreed to test the technology on-site with no cost and no obligation through the NVT Phybridge proof-of-concept program.

After a few simple setup steps, the NVT Phybridge FLEX long reach PoE solution transformed the existing wiring infrastructure into a robust, secure IP backbone to support the Axis IP camera system. The FLEX switch delivered reliable power and data to Axis IP cameras in the parking lot to provide complete surveillance coverage.

Result

Grupo SITE used the NVT Phybridge FLEX PoE switch to enable Axis IP cameras exactly where the customer needed, as its long reach capabilities eliminated the need for closets or repeaters along the way. “The NVT Phybridge FLEX switch is extremely robust and reliable, delivering Ethernet and PoE ++ up to 610 meters,” said Juan de Dios Contreras, Infrastructure Product Manager, GrupoSITE. “The FLEX switch allowed us to remove infrastructure barriers, accelerate implementation time, and reduce project costs for the customer.”

Grupo SITE 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 was extremely satisfied with the NVT Phybridge FLEX switch solution and the outstanding digital transformation outcomes it enabled.

  • Grupo SITE used the FLEX switch to modernize the customer’s entire location in just four weeks, a 75%-time reduction compared to their initial forecasts.
  • Project partners reduced the customer’s infrastructure costs by 50%, allocating more budget towards ROI-driving devices and applications.
  • The FLEX PoE solution was simple for the installation team to learn and implement in the customer’s environment.
  • Grupo SITE and the FLEX switch leveraged the customer’s existing cabling infrastructure to avoid the traditional rip-and-replace methodology, preventing over 100 pounds of cabling e-waste.
  • The customer plans to use FLEX PoE switches to upgrade its other locations over the coming months.

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NVT Phybridge Case Study – Power Station

3-minute read time.

Summary

  • A large power station wanted to upgrade its outdated analog camera system with Bosch IP cameras, with minimal impact to existing infrastructure. However, the original Ethernet over Coax solution could not support the new IP cameras.
  • Reseller partner, VEI Protective Services, replaced the original solution with NVT Phybridge’s EC10 Ethernet over Coax switch.
  • The EC10 switch was quickly installed and connected seamlessly to the new Bosch IP camera system.

Problem

A large power station wanted to upgrade its outdated analog security system with Bosch IP cameras. However, the power station’s coaxial cabling was cemented underground. Ripping and replacing the existing cabling would cause structural damage, a significant increase in cost, and require months of additional work.

The reseller started to use an alternative Ethernet over Coax solution that did not perform to its specified capabilities and could not effectively support the Bosch IP cameras. There were several issues, including cameras consistently going offline. The customer needed a robust and reliable solution that could effectively leverage the existing coax cabling to support the new Bosch IP cameras system.

Solution

After considering the customer’s deployment issues, reseller partner VEI Protective Services spoke to the team at NVT Phybridge. The team was confident that the NVT Phybridge EC10 Ethernet over Coax switch would be the perfect solution for the customer.

The NVT Phybridge EC10 switch delivers fast Ethernet (100Mbps symmetrical, full-duplex) and PoE+ (30W per port) over Coax cable with up to 3,000ft (915m) reach – nine times the reach of standard Ethernet switches.

The power station was eager to try the EC10 solution and get their new camera system up and running, so they decided to move forward with the project.

Result

The EC10 switch was deployed quickly and easily. The customer’s new Bosch IP cameras connected seamlessly and ran without any issues. The customer was now able to enjoy the benefits of their new IP cameras, including drastically improved image quality, exposure, and data security.

“We just finished our camera conversion, and it was a breeze! Everything came up with no fuss,” said Scott Bush, Project Manager at VEI Protective Services. “If this equipment stays up as well as our test unit has, we will be recommending NVT Phybridge products on all network to coax jobs in the future.”

The customer was delighted with the results of the digital transformation project, having used the NVT Phybridge E10 switch to:

  • Avoid the need to remove and replace the existing cabling, limiting disruption to the facility.
  • Significantly reduce infrastructure costs, allowing the customer to allocate more budget to high-quality Bosch solutions.
  • Drastically reduce project deployment time, as the solution was simple and fast to deploy.
  • Allow seamless integration with the existing security network.
  • Avoid over 300 pounds of cabling e-waste.

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NVT Phybridge Case Study – Prison Surveillance

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Summary

  • North American correctional facility wanted to upgrade its outdated analog camera system to a Bosch IP camera solution with as little disruption as possible.
  • The reseller, Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, used the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 Ethernet over Coax switch to deploy Bosch IP cameras over the existing coax infrastructure.
  • Over 50 new Bosch IP cameras deployed to enable movement management applications without disruption or high costs.

Problem

A North American correctional facility wanted to upgrade its outdated analog surveillance system with a Bosch IP solution to enable the ExacqVision movement management system. The upgrade was critically important to enhance video quality and movement management capabilities to ensure the safety and security of staff and inmates.

The prison was eager to make the move to Bosch IP and the ExacqVision solution. However, as an operating correctional facility, the customer was extremely concerned with the cost, disruption, and time required to remove and replace the existing Coax-based network infrastructure.  The customer needed an innovative solution to efficiently complete its digital transformation and modernize surveillance without high costs or disruption.

Solution

After considering the customer’s objectives and challenges, reseller partner Stanley Convergent Security Solutions recommended the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 Ethernet over Coax switch. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions had used NVT Phybridge technology many times and was confident this was the best solution for the customer.

The CLEER24 managed EoC switch delivers fast Ethernet and PoE+ over coax cable with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach, which is 18 times the reach of standard Ethernet switches. NVT Phybridge helped the customer organize a free, no-obligation proof of concept to test the solution on-site. The correctional facility was highly impressed with the technology and decided to move forward with the project.

Result

Using the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 managed switch, the customer was able to deploy 56 Bosch FLEXIDOME IP 4000i cameras throughout the prison facility. The Bosch IP cameras provided the customer with drastically improved image quality, exposure, and data security.

The Bosch FLEXIDOME 4000i indoor IP camera has a 30m (98ft) viewing distance and comes with autofocus, H.265 multi-streaming, and built-in video analytics. The FLEXIDOME 4000i captures at 1080p at 30 fps for highly detailed videos and images. Pair Bosch cameras with ExacqVision software for customized video walls, interactive and multi-level mapping, notification overlays, and more!

“The NVT Phybridge EC-Link Adapters and CLEER24 switches were a game-changer that allowed us to save time and money while upgrading the obsolete analog video systems to a new IP solution,” said Matt Hildebrand, Sales Engineer, Stanley Convergent Security Solutions. “The CLEER24 switch was easy to configure and use out in the field. We were able to use it for all coax cable runs, even if they were over 300 feet long. NVT Phybridge eliminated any need to install fiber optic cabling or use fiber modules.”

The customer was delighted with the results of the digital transformation project, having used the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 switch to:

  • Avoid the need to remove and replace the existing cabling, limiting disruption to the facility.
  • Reduce infrastructure costs by more than 50%, allowing more budget to be allocated to Bosch cameras and applications.
  • Drastically reduce the deployment time.
  • Allow seamless integration with the existing security network.
  • Avoid over 800 pounds of cabling e-waste.

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NVT Phybridge Case Study: Gas Station EMV Compliance

The Largest Gas Station Chain in the United States of America Used 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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