NVT Phybridge Case Study: Energy Corporation

An Energy Corporation wanted to modernize its communication platform at one of its U.S. manufacturing plants. The customer wanted to become 100% IP by upgrading to the latest IP telephony solution.

After an assessment of the customer’s environment, it was determined that many phones were connected using cables that ran through “hot zones”. Hot zones indicated areas of the facility that were affected by radiation. This became a major obstacle to becoming 100% IP as all equipment in the radiated areas was completely hands-off and no new supporting infrastructure could be installed. The customer did not want to move forward with the project unless they could find a solution that would allow them to upgrade every phone in the facility.

Power over Ethernet Innovation

The customer discovered the NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch and decided to participate in a no-obligation proof of concept to test the solution in their live environment. After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed the existing cable runs in the radiated zones into a robust power-packed IP platform, capable of supporting the new IP phones up to 1,200ft (365m) away – that’s 4Xs the reach of standard Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches.

“The NVT Phybridge PoLRE solution was the perfect fit for the customer. It allowed us to leverage the existing cables running through the hot zones to support the new IP phones, eliminating the barriers caused by radiation”, said Joey Bruce, UC Consulting Systems Engineer. “PoLRE allowed us to provide the exact amount of bandwidth and PoE well beyond the 300ft reach limitations of standard switches.”

The customer was able to become 100% IP – deploying over 2,400 new IP phones throughout the entire facility. “Four years later the customer is still using the PoLRE switches, which have been extremely reliable and simple to manage”, said Adam Colwell, CBTS Unified Communications Engineer.

A Better Return on Investment

The customer took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to support its digital transformation objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The customer used NVT Phybridge PoE switches to fast-track its IP deployment, establish a secure point-to-point LAN topology, and save thousands of dollars on infrastructure that can be reallocated to ROI-driving devices and applications.

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NVT Phybridge Case Study: Transportation System

A large transportation system needed to modernize its security system to keep up with modern demands while providing safe and reliable transit. Public transportation is the foundation for building strong, connected communities, and everyone should feel safe traveling to work, school, or their weekend event.

The organization was relying on an outdated analog CCTV security system and decided to deploy an IP-based security solution across its bus terminals and parking lots. To ensure the safety of the 340,000 daily riders, the organization needed to upgrade 110 analog cameras to new high-resolution IP cameras to deter criminal activity and increase surveillance and recording capabilities.

Solution

A project of this magnitude would usually take years to complete, including removing and replacing the existing network infrastructure to support IP devices. This process is extremely costly, time-consuming, and disruptive to business

However, the customer used NVT Phybridge Ethernet over Coax switches to leverage its existing Coax-based infrastructure to transmit data and power to the IP cameras without a major network overhaul. NVT Phybridge coax switches reduced the total deployment time by 90% and saved over $15,000 of taxpayer funds. The solution’s long reach capabilities allowed the customer to connect cameras up to 6,000ft (1,830m) away, providing complete surveillance coverage in the vast open spaces of the bus terminals and parking lots.

Environmental Responsibility

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

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

Satisfied with the project’s outcome, the customer plans to use NVT Phybridge FLEX PoE switches to deploy IP intercom devices.

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The transportation system took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to support its digital transformation objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The customer used NVT Phybridge networking solutions to save taxpayer money, eliminated business disruption, reduced e-waste, and built a robust PoE network for the new IP security cameras.

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The Internet of Things is being adopted by organizations all around the world, of all sizes, and in all industries. In healthcare, upgrading to IP telephony often results in extremely disruptive hospital renovations that negatively impact patient care. By applying Modern LAN principles, healthcare organizations are eliminating fundamental barriers to IP adoption.

The Unique Challenges of Hospital Renovations

A University Medical Center located in the United States was looking to create an IP-based emergency phone network that would remain operational in the event of a network outage. However, renovations required to rip-and-replace the existing wiring infrastructure to support the new IP phones would be extremely disruptive to patient care. In any medical facility, areas under construction need to be closed and sealed off to prevent contamination from airborne pathogens. As renovations in different areas are finished, these containment zones are taken down and set back up at the next renovation area. This process is extremely time and cost-intensive.

Hospital renovations also decrease the amount of space for patient care, as any area under construction is not accessible. Foot traffic also needs to be re-routed around the renovation areas, and the alternative routes are often inefficient and frustrating for staff, patients, and visitors. To complicate the project even further, the University Medical Center operates in a building over 100 years old. To maintain the building’s historical integrity, the renovation process would be more complicated, take longer and create even more mess and disruption.

Modern LAN Innovation

Using Modern LAN principles, the medical center established an upgrade plan that would prevent the extremely disruptive and time-intensive renovation process. The medical center discovered that by using the PoLRE® switch, they could avoid the entire renovation headache. Modern LAN principles state that network design should be approached from an outside-in perspective. By first evaluating the needs of the endpoints, it was determined that by using new long-reach switch innovations, the customer could leverage the existing CAT3 infrastructure to provide the exact power and bandwidth requirements up to 1,200ft (365m).

The University Medical Center’s commitment to health, safety, and innovation allowed them to:

  • Avoid months of disruptive renovations, ensuring the safety of all staff, patients, and visitors
  • Create a separate and robust IP backbone for the emergency phones, maximizing the security of the core network
  • Deploy over 400 IP phones across the emergency network over just a few nights
  • Save over $300,000 in infrastructure costs, accelerating the project’s return on investment

Environmental Responsibility

By leveraging Modern LAN principles, the University Medical Center significantly reduced the project’s impact on the environment. The hospital was able to reuse 100% of their existing cabling infrastructure, which prevented approximately 240,000 feet of cable from ending up in a landfill (equivalent to the weight of 14 hospital beds!). The long-reach capabilities of the new switches also eliminated the need to upgrade or install new IDF closets, further reducing material and energy consumption.

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Megaplaza Jaén Ensures Physical and Cyber Security While Modernizing to IP Cameras

Megaplaza Jaén is one of the largest shopping centers in Peru and offers a wide range of services, including restaurants, movie theatres, banks, car dealerships, and retail outlets. The shopping center had already been built and open for a year, but still required a robust and reliable video surveillance system. The immense size of the three-story shopping center presented critical challenges in the implementation of an IP-based security system. The distances required to connect the cameras in areas inside and outside the shopping center were well beyond the 328ft (100m) reach limitations of standard Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches. Megaplaza Jaén had a robust coax wiring infrastructure throughout the entire facility that the owners were confident in leveraging to support the new surveillance system.

The surveillance solution needed to cover all areas both inside the mall and the outside perimeter. Specific challenges had prevented the customer from deploying IP cameras, which included:

  • Long reach requirements prohibiting the installation of cameras on the perimeter of the building
  • Loss of revenue caused by business disruption
  • The need for costly IDF closets that would occupy rentable floor space

Solution

Due to the organization’s digital transformation challenges and objectives, the reseller partner, Telvicom S.A., introduced the customer to technology innovator NVT Phybridge. Telvicom S.A. had used NVT Phybridge products in past installations and was confident in the solution. Based on an analysis of the customer’s environment, NVT Phybridge recommended Modern LAN design and the award-winning CLEER24 solution. The CLEER24 (Ethernet over Coax) switch, with SmartPathPoE technology, provides Ethernet and PoE+ over any new or existing Coax infrastructure with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach; 18 times farther than standard PoE switches. Megaplaza Jaén was interested in the solution and organized a no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the technology on-site.

In just 3 simple setup steps, the CLEER24 switch transformed the shopping center’s existing Coax infrastructure into a robust and secure IP platform to support the new IP cameras. By repurposing the existing point-to-point Coax infrastructure, the customer was able to centralize all switches in a single location to simplify management and optimize port utilization. “For us as integrators, the less equipment a system has – the easier it is to detect an error. This was optimized with the NVT Phybridge solution,” said José Luis Rojas, spokesperson for the installation company.

Megaplaza Jaén can now transmit high-quality live video feeds to a centralized monitoring location. The long reach PoE capabilities ensured that cameras could be placed throughout the entire building to ensure the safety of individuals in all locations, including parking lots and loading areas.

“I was amazed at the solution’s ability to facilitate the transmission of video and power at extremely long distances, all while maintaining exceptional image quality”

 – José Luis Rojas

Result

Megaplaza Jaén was completely satisfied with the security modernization. The new IP surveillance solution provides long-distance transmission of high-quality images and centralized monitoring of the entire system. By leveraging Modern LAN design and the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 solution, the customer was able to:

  • Reduce network complexity and IDF closet requirements by 90%
  • Allocate infrastructure cost savings to ROI-driving IP devices and applications
  • Decrease the overall deployment time by 50%; significantly minimizing disruption to business
  • Increase staff and visitor safety with additional surveillance covering the perimeter of the shopping center

Improved Cyber Security

As more and more organizations modernize to IP and the Internet of Things, cybersecurity has become a top concern. In the connected world of the Internet of Things, each “thing” on the network represents a potential entry point for unauthorized access.

Using Modern LAN design and the CLEER24 switch, Megaplaza Jaén established a physically separate point-to-point network topology for its new IP surveillance system. The organization can safely consolidate the security network with the core business network, if desired, using a single wire. Additionally, the reduction of IDF closet requirements means fewer server rooms to keep secure.

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Legacy communication networks suffer from limited functionality, which in turn results in frustrations and inefficiencies for management and staff. These frustrations can have an extremely negative trickle-down effect on the customer or patient experience. A large healthcare system decided it was time to solve this issue; to modernize its communication system in several locations across the Northwestern US, including multiple medical centers, critical access hospitals, and medical clinics. In this case, one of the top concerns was operational efficiency, and the legacy CS1000 platform was becoming increasingly inefficient and extremely costly to maintain.

However, the customer struggled with establishing an IP local area network to support the new system. The process would be extremely costly, time-consuming, and complex, as each location would have to rip and replace the existing CAT3 infrastructure with new Ethernet. Additionally, extensive power and cooling upgrades were required in hundreds of IDF closets to support even more standard reach PoE switches. Upgrading the cabling and IDF closets would be extremely disruptive to business and would significantly lower the patient and visitor experience. These network upgrades left the customer frustrated and uncertain about how to proceed, forcing the project to be delayed indefinitely.

The customer learned about the NVT Phybridge long-reach PoLRE PoE switch and decided to test the solution. In a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed the existing CAT3 voice infrastructure into a robust and reliable IP backbone for the new IP communication system. Thanks to PoLRE’s long reach capabilities, the customer was able to connect IP devices up to 1,200ft (365m) – 4 times farther than standard PoE switches – helping them support IP phones exactly where they were needed without installing IDF closets. Upgrading across multiple locations is simple with PoLRE’s repeatable, predictable, and scalable deployment methodology.

This large healthcare system deployed over 900 IP phones without replacing the existing cabling infrastructure and without installing any new IDF closets, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars and eliminating operational disruption.

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Kansai Airport Simplifies IP Sensor Deployment using NVT Phybridge PoE switches, saving over $75,000

Kansai International Airport Deploys Person Tracking Sensors In Airport Terminals Using the NVT Phybridge FLEX24 SwitchKansai International Airport, located near Osaka, Japan, was opened over 20 years ago and is now used as a gateway into Japan. Overcrowding in the international terminals had become a significant issue, causing a need for Person Tracking Sensors to monitor traffic within the airport. The proposed system would include over 250 sensors, allowing for real-time tracking of individuals throughout the airport without facial authentication. This would help the airport manage the flow of traffic in congested areas and operate more efficiently. However, long reach requirements, time constraints, and business disruption posed significant barriers to deploying the new system.

 

Problem

Kansai Airport needed to manage traffic flow within the busy airport and planned to install state-of-the-art Xovis sensors. However, the project presented several barriers to the 24-hour operation that serves over 25 million travelers per year. Each sensor covers a range of 100m2 and needed to be mounted on the ceiling. The international departures terminals (where many of the sensors would be placed) had exposed steel beams as opposed to a closed ceiling. Even though the sensors could be installed on the steel beams, there were no outlets for local power or switch relays. Many desired sensor locations far exceeded the 100m range of standard Ethernet switches, and there was no way to install the switches any closer to the sensors. The customer needed a robust and straightforward solution to deploy the sensors without high costs or business disruption.

Solution

Reseller Nissho Electronics introduced the NVT Phybridge FLEX24 switch to decision-makers at Kansai Airport, a year before the project’s outset. When the time came to find a networking solution, the FLEX24 switch was the clear choice. The FLEX24 switch delivers Ethernet and PoE++ over multi-pair UTP wire with up to 2,000ft (610m) reach – that’s six times farther than standard Ethernet switches. The airport decided to engage in a no-obligation proof of concept to test the technology in their environment.

The FLEX24 switch quickly eliminated the project’s complexities and frustrations, providing the flexibility to enable the sensors six times farther than standard solutions, with no extra IDF closets required along the way.

Result

“Without the FLEX24 switch, we would have had to change the entire deployment plan. However, we used the FLEX24 solution to install the sensors using the existing CAT5 wiring infrastructure, allowing us to finish the project much faster and at a significantly lower cost,” said Yuji Taniguchi – IT Department Project Group, Kansai Airport Co., Ltd. According to Taniguchi, the airport was able to complete the installation in just three months, experiencing minimal disruption to its 24-hour operations and saving over $75,000. The FLEX24 Power over Ethernet switch facilitated a smoother and more efficient deployment of the IP sensors in both the Arrivals and Departures terminals. “If you compare the cost of the FLEX solution to the cost of installing optical wiring and power supply outlets, it is clear that FLEX allowed for a much more cost-effective installation and shortened the deployment time greatly. The FLEX24 switch solved all of the problems we had regarding the installation,” commented Taniguchi. “An additional benefit we realized was the long reach capabilities of FLEX24 switch, which helped us reduce IDF closet requirements by 90%, simplifying and reducing the costs to establish backup power in the case of a power outage.”

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NVT Phybridge Case Study: New Mexico State University

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

Challenge

New Mexico State University’s existing analog communication system was approaching end-of-life, and the University wanted to do a full refresh by modernizing to IP phones. Many of the features the University was looking for, mobility and call recording, for example, weren’t available using analog or digital phones. However, upgrading the existing CAT3 cabling infrastructure in the 100 buildings spread across the 900-acre campus presented critical barriers:

  • High cost of retrofitting the historical buildings with new Ethernet cabling
  • Length of deployment time and the disruption to students and faculty
  • Installing hundreds of IDF closets to accommodate the large campus, resulting in network complexity and security concerns

Solution

New Mexico State University discovered the NVT Phybridge PoLRE PoE switch and requested a no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the solution in their environment. In just a few simple setup steps, the award-winning PoLRE switch transformed the existing CAT3 infrastructure into an IP path with power, capable of supporting IP phones up to 1,200ft (365m) away – that’s 4Xs the reach of standard Ethernet switches. By reusing the existing point-to-point network paths, NMSU created a robust and secure PoE backbone, ensuring the security of the core network.

“We will be saving well over $1 Million, fast-tracking and simplifying our IP telephony modernization, and creating a robust platform that delivers a great user experience”

Result

Thanks to the PoLRE managed switch, NMSU was able to leverage its existing CAT3 infrastructure to deploy over 7,000 IP phones across their campus in various types of buildings, including lecture halls and offices. The university was extremely satisfied with the modernization of its indoor basketball facility and the extremely large outdoor football stadium. By leveraging modern LAN design principles and technologies, NMSU was able to:

  • Reduce the deployment time by 4 years, accelerating the project’s ROI
  • Save over $1 million in infrastructure costs, and allocate the savings to more IP applications
  • Prevent the installation and upgrade of 100+ remote data closets, maximizing network security

“NVT Phybridge is an unbelievable way to modernize from a traditional PBX environment. We will be saving well over $1 Million, fast-tracking and simplifying our IP telephony modernization, and creating a robust platform that delivers a great user experience.” Ray Cadena, Manager of Telecommunications Systems, New Mexico State University

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