Modern LAN Pioneer Upgrades to the Next Generation of NVT Phybridge Innovation

One of the top U.S. universities, located in the southeastern region, has modernized its communication capabilities to provide industry-leading education. Offering only a single degree when founded in 1885, the institution is now well-known for its prestigious degree programs in engineering, business and the sciences. With more than six colleges containing over 30 departments, upgrading communication across the organization was no simple task.

Prior to 2011, the university was relying on a legacy Nortel solution across its 350-acre campus. In 2011, the organization made the decision to improve its communication capabilities by modernizing to an IP-based solution across all 115 buildings on campus. The university chose to leverage its existing and proven CAT3 voice infrastructure to build a physically separate network for the IP solution using the NVT Phybridge UniPhyer switch.

Eight years later, the university was still completely satisfied with the performance of the UniPhyer solution. However, since the deployment in 2011, many new IP voice solutions were brought to market. The customer was interested in taking advantage of these new capabilities and decided to modernize to a Cloud-based solution across the campus.

As part of the technology refresh, the university wanted to modernize from the UniPhyer to the next generation of innovations from NVT Phybridge; given the enhanced capabilities. The organization was interested in the PoLRE® (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) switch due to its advanced feature set, which includes power sharing for redundancy, load balancing, hot-swappable power supply, port monitoring, MAC address locking, transparency mode and its energy efficiency. However, the organization was hesitant to upgrade the network due to concerns of cost, disruption, IDF closet requirements, and implementing a network topology that would most effectively support a hosted IP solution.

Modern LAN Design

Due to the incredible success in 2011 with the UniPhyer solution, the customer turned to NVT Phybridge for advice. Network consultants at NVT Phybridge examined the challenges and assured the organization that leveraging Modern LAN design and the PoLRE switch would be as simple, secure and cost-effective as the UniPhyer solution. The university was pleased with the response and scheduled a no-obligation proof of concept to test the switch in one of the libraries on campus. The test took place in the library because it was the oldest building on campus, and the customer anticipated the environment to be the most difficult. If the solution worked in the library, the customer was confident it would work in all other locations.

Just as the UniPhyer did in 2011, the award-winning PoLRE solution transformed the existing CAT3 voice infrastructure into a robust and secure IP backbone for the new Cloud-based solution. The university was impressed and decided to move forward to achieve incredible results.

Principle #2: Create a secure and robust local area network

The organization leveraged the NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, to establish secure and robust point-to-point connections to each IP phone; significantly increasing cyber-security and performance of the real-time voice application.

Principle #3: Use new long-reach PoE innovations to maximize ROI

Similar to their experience with the UniPhyer in 2011, PoLRE innovation helped the university avoid the traditional rip-and-replace upgrade method; saving the organization over $1 million.

Principle #5: Construct physically separate networks for dedicated IP applications

As organizations continue to deploy IoT devices, the core data network has become increasingly complex, difficult to manage and vulnerable to cyber-security threats. By leveraging NVT Phybridge innovations and Modern LAN design, the university was able to maintain a physically separate network for voice. The point-to-point topology of the new IP-enabled voice network provided the ideal environment to support real-time voice applications.

Environmental Excellence

Sustainability and social responsibility are core pillars of the university’s strategic action plan, as the organization is involved in many environmental initiatives aimed at changing the way people use the Earth’s limited resources. The research initiatives focus on a wide range of challenges involving sustainable energy, water resource management, pollution control, and climate change.

The university recognizes the importance of environmentally responsible digital transformations, which was an important factor in the planning phase of the communication upgrade. Together with NVT Phybridge, a plan was designed to minimize the project’s impact on the environment:

  • The organization was able to reuse their existing voice infrastructure; preventing over 8 tons of cabling e-waste from ending up in a landfill
  • Eliminating the need to rip-and-replace the existing infrastructure also significantly reduced material consumption, as no renovations were required
  • The solution eliminated the need for additional server closets; reducing on-going energy consumption to cool and power the equipment
  • The university realized over $1 million in infrastructure cost savings, which can be used to fund its sustainability research and programs

A Better Return on Investment

The customer took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. By applying Modern LAN Principles and PoE switch innovations, the university reduced infrastructure costs, eliminated risk and disruption, reduced the negative impact on the environment and fast-tracked their IP modernization while ensuring a secure and robust IP platform for their enhanced communication solution.

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An International Hotel and Resort Company Creates a Secure and Robust Surveillance Network Using NVT Phybridge FLEX Technology

The International Hotel and Resort Company was the world’s first luxury hotel brand. The organization opened its first hotel in 1949 and has since expanded across the globe to include a rich and varied portfolio. Each hotel has its own distinctive style, from iconic historic elegance to lavish resort destinations.

The organization’s luxurious resort in Cozumel, Mexico sits on a tropical Caribbean island surrounded by one of the world’s largest coral reef systems. Guests can enjoy the elegant beachside infinity pool, relax in the spa, or experience authentic cuisine at one of the many oceanside restaurants. However, the resort still required a robust surveillance system to ensure the safety of staff and guests.

The organization encountered several challenges as they planned the digital transformation. The resort had no existing surveillance system and needed to establish the necessary network infrastructure to support it. The organization was hesitant to consolidate the surveillance system and IP cameras onto the core business network, due to cybersecurity and network complexity concerns. There were also questions about how they would support the IP cameras across the entire facility, given the 328ft (100m) reach limitations of standard Ethernet switches. The organization was not willing to disrupt guests with the construction of IDF closets and new cable conduits throughout the facility. Unsatisfied with traditional network design philosophies, the customer looked for an innovative solution.

Modern LAN Design

The Cozumel Resort discovered the NVT Phybridge FLEX24 long reach Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch and engaged with an NVT Phybridge digital transformation specialist to learn more. The customer was introduced to Modern LAN design, which helps simplify and accelerate IP modernization while creating a cyber-secure and robust IP-enabled network. The organization was impressed and decided to test the solution in their environment with a free, no-obligation proof of concept.

After a few simple setup steps, the award-winning FLEX24 switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, delivered fast Ethernet and PoE++ using a single category 6 cable to 2,000ft (610m); six times farther than a standard PoE switch. The Cozumel Resort was impressed with the solution and decided to move forward with the IP surveillance deployment, using the FLEX24 switch and Modern LAN Principles to achieve incredible results.

Principle #2: Create a secure and robust local area network

The organization leveraged NVT Phybridge SmartPathPoE™ technology to establish secure, robust and point-to-point connections to each IP camera; significantly reducing the need for IDF closets across the facility.

Principle #3: Use new long-reach PoE innovations to maximize ROI

FLEX24 technology and Modern LAN design helped the customer avoid installing unnecessary IDF closets and cable conduits throughout the resort. The solution saved the organization over $10,000 and reduced the overall deployment time by more than 50%.

Principle #5: Construct physically separate networks for dedicated IP applications

As organizations continue to deploy more and smarter devices, the primary data network has become increasingly complex, difficult to manage and vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. By leveraging NVT Phybridge switch innovations and Modern LAN design, the Cozumel Resort was able to construct a physically separate network for the new IP surveillance system, ensuring a cyber-secure and simple-to-manage LAN solution.

Change the Conversation to Improve the Outcome

The International Hotel and Resort Company took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to support their digital transformation objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. NVT Phybridge helped the organization change the conversation around traditional LAN design; leveraging Modern LAN Principles and PoE innovations to:

  • Establish a physically separate network for the new surveillance system; ensuring the performance, security and reliability of the core data network
  • Construct a simple-to-manage surveillance network with less complexity and day-two support issues
  • Reduce the overall deployment time by 50%
  • Reduce infrastructure costs by more than $10,000
  • Eliminate the need to install expensive cable conduits, while significantly reducing IDF closet requirements

IoT Pioneer

The project also provided a great experience for the reseller partner. “The FLEX solution was perfect for the customer; providing a reliable, robust and simple solution to overcome their barriers”, said Israel Oropeza Mejia, Project Coordinator at Robsan. “I would highly recommend this technology to other organizations.”

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Port of Alexandria, the Busiest Port in Egypt, Leverages Modern LAN Principles to Improve its Outcome

The Port of Alexandria is the main port in Egypt, handling approximately 55% of the country’s international trade. The port is located in the city of Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt, where the Nile River meets the Mediterranean Sea. The port was relying on an outdated analog CCTV surveillance system that could no longer meet the growing demands of the organization and decided to modernize to a new IP surveillance solution.

The organization encountered several challenges as they planned the digital transformation. The new IP security cameras would need to be deployed in several zones across the massive port that spans more than 22 km2. Discussions were held around ripping out the existing coax-based infrastructure and installing Ethernet and fiber-optic cabling throughout the facility. However, the organization was hesitant to apply this strategy due to extremely high infrastructure costs and long deployment times. Additionally, this strategy would severely disrupt the daily operations of the port, which moves more than 17 million tons of cargo annually. Unsatisfied with the traditional approach to network design, the Port of Alexandria searched for an alternative solution.

Modern LAN Innovation

The Technical Research Department of Egypt discovered NVT Phybridge and their award-winning IP over Coax solutions. The agency recommended the solution to the Port of Alexandria, who engaged with a digital transformation specialist from NVT Phybridge. The organization was impressed with the solution but was unsure if it would work in their environment, given the immense scale of the project.

NVT Phybridge helped the customer schedule a no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the Modern LAN enabling solution. After a few simple setup steps, the enterprise-grade CLEER24 PoE switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, transformed the existing Coax-based infrastructure into a robust and secure IP backbone for the new IP cameras. The CLEER24 solution allowed the customer to extend data and power over Coax with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach; 18 times farther than standard PoE switches.

The Port of Alexandria was impressed with the solution and was confident that Modern LAN design would allow them to achieve a simple, secure and cost-effective upgrade to IP. The customer was completely satisfied, as they leveraged Modern LAN principles 2, 3 and 4 to achieve incredible results.

Principle #2: Create a secure and robust local area network – The Port of Alexandria established a secure and robust Power over Ethernet backbone for their new IP system by leveraging their existing and reliable Coax-based infrastructure. The CLEER24’s patented SmartPathPoE™ technology allowed the customer to maintain a physically separate and cybersecure point-to-point IP network for surveillance, ensuring zero disruption and risk to the core network.

Principle #3: Use new long-reach PoE innovations to maximize ROI – by leveraging the existing coax-based infrastructure and avoiding an extensive infrastructure overhaul, the customer significantly reduced their costs and accelerated the deployment.

Principle #4: Modernize to IP using an environmentally responsible framework – by avoiding the traditional rip-and-replace upgrade model, the Port of Alexandria prevented over 15 tons of e-waste during their digital transformation.

Improved Return on Investment

The CLEER24 solution helped simplify the customer’s IP modernization project while establishing a robust and cybersecure network to support the IP cameras. The organization took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to support their digital transformation objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. NVT Phybridge helped the customer change the conversation around traditional LAN design; leveraging Modern LAN Principles and PoE innovations to:

  • Significantly reduce project costs and deployment times, having avoided extensive infrastructure changes and construction work across the facility
  • Deploy more than 350 new IP cameras in 9 locations across the 22 km2 port thanks to the CLEER24’s repeatable, predictable and scalable deployment methodology
  • Modernize surveillance capabilities across the facility without installing any additional IDF closets
  • Eliminate disruption during the deployment
  • Prevent over 15 tons of cabling e-waste

Next Steps

Given the success of the IP camera project at the Port of Alexandria, the organization is looking to modernize its communication system using the NVT Phybridge PoLRE® solution.

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A federal agency needed to improve communication capabilities in one of its iconic buildings. The institution decided to modernize from its aging digital phone system to a new comprehensive IP-based solution. However, the organization was extremely concerned with the inevitable disruptions caused by ripping-and-replacing the existing voice infrastructure to support the new IP phones. To make matters worse, the building was constructed in the late 1,700’s and is considered a historical landmark. Any renovations or building modifications would require multiple permits; resulting in significantly extended deployment times and increased project costs. The federal agency required an innovative solution that would allow them to complete their digital transformation within the defined schedule and budget.

Given the organization’s needs, the institution’s Network Chief was introduced to technology innovator, NVT Phybridge, who helped change the conversation around traditional LAN design philosophies. Using Frost & Sullivan’s Modern LAN Principles, the federal agency discovered that they could leverage their existing voice infrastructure to deploy the new IP communication solution without the high costs and disruption associated with the traditional rip-and-replace mentality.

NVT Phybridge introduced the customer to the PoLRE® (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) switch, with patented SmartPathPoE™ technology, and organized a no-obligation proof-of-concept to prove the solution in their environment. After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed the existing and proven CAT3 voice infrastructure into a robust and secure IP backbone for the new communication system. PoLRE extends power and data up to 1,200ft (365m) – 4 times farther than standard PoE switches – allowing the institution to deploy new IP phones exactly where they were needed without the need to install IDF closets along the way.

Completely satisfied with the results of their communication upgrade, the federal agency decided to extend the deployment to the other buildings on the campus. The customer was able to leverage Modern LAN Principles and NVT Phybridge PoE innovations to improve the outcome of their digital transformation. “PoLRE technology was the best solution to overcome the customer’s barriers to deploying IP phones; as the historic building could not be renovated”, said Rick Noonan, Account Manager from the partner company. “The long reach PoE innovations from NVT Phybridge were the perfect solution to get our IP phones deployed in a consistent and uniform manner.” The federal agency changed the conversation with Modern LAN Principles to improve their outcome, as they were able to:

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Top U.S. University Changes the Conversation with Modern LAN Principles to Improve Their Outcome

Michigan State University (MSU) was founded over 150 years ago. Today, over 10,000 academic and support staff serve more than 50,000 students. MSU was ranked by Times Higher Education as one of the top 100 universities in the world, and in the top 8% of universities in the United States. To continue their commitment to world-class education, the university decided it was time to modernize their communication capabilities.

MSU was relying on an outdated analog communication system that could no longer meet the demands of the organization. The existing phone system was becoming too expensive to maintain and could not support the modern features that the organization was interested in. Michigan State University decided it was time to modernize to IP voice across their entire 5,200-acre campus. However, the university would first need to address key networking barriers and the environmental impact of upgrading the physical infrastructure.

Environmental Stewardship

Michigan State University is committed to making the world a better place through innovation and research. Their AgBioResearch program has already made incredible advancements in food, health, and the environment. Research initiatives are focused on reducing food waste, creating resilient natural resource systems and maximizing food safety.

Change the Conversation; Improve the Outcome

As Michigan State University planned their digital transformation, establishing the necessary network infrastructure became the toughest obstacle. The organization discovered NVT Phybridge and was introduced to Modern LAN Principles. Developed by Frost & Sullivan, Modern LAN Principles provide an enhancement on traditional network design philosophies to reduce cost, eliminate disruption, and ensure an environmentally responsible modernization to IP and the Internet of Things. Using Modern LAN Principles, Michigan State University discovered the opportunity to leverage their existing and proven voice infrastructure to support the new IP communication solution.

Michigan State University engaged in a no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the solution in their environment. After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE® switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, transformed the existing single pair UTP infrastructure into an IP path with power; ensuring simple and secure point-to-point connections from endpoint to application. The PoLRE switch extends Power over Ethernet (PoE) up to 1,200ft (365m) away from the application – 4 times farther than standard PoE switches – ensuring the university could connect the new IP phones exactly where they were needed. MSU was impressed with the environmentally responsible solution, as they were able to:

  • Prevent over 12 U.S. tons of cabling e-waste from ending up in a landfill
  • Eliminate the need to install over 100 IDF closets thanks to the long reach capabilities of the solution, greatly reducing network complexity and ongoing energy consumption

A Better Return on Investment

Michigan State University took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. By applying Modern LAN Principles and leveraging innovative switch technologies, the university was able to:

  • Reduce infrastructure costs by more than $2 million
  • Accelerate the deployment by avoiding years of re-cabling, IDF closet requirements, and construction work
  • Deploy over 4,000 new IP phones with no disruption to staff and students
  • Maintain a physically separate and cyber-secure network for voice that is simple to manage
  • Find a no-compromise solution that eliminated project risk and complexity

“Our older buildings did not have a communication room within 300ft of where we needed the new IP phones. PoLRE’s long reach capabilities allowed us to support the new IP phones exactly where we needed them while connecting each one back to a central location”, said Nicholas Kwiatkowski, Unified Communications Manager at Michigan State University. “PoLRE allowed us to maintain our physically separate network for voice, ensuring our emergency communication system remains operational in the event of a power outage or other event”.

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Michigan State University won an IoT Pioneer Award for changing the conversation around traditional LAN design; using Modern LAN Principles to improve their outcome!

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Subway System Finds Innovative Solution; Leveraging Existing Infrastructure to Deploy Over 500 New IP Cameras in Subway Stations

A subway system serving Southeast Asia needed to modernize from their aging analog CCTV system to new IP. The subway system includes over 150 stations connected by 135 miles of rail; facilitating over 5 million commuter trips on an average weekday. The passengers have come to expect a high level of quality and reliability as the transit system is one of the most reliable in the world; consistently achieving a 99.9% on-time rate. However, it was becoming increasingly complex and difficult to manage passenger security and safety within a transportation network of this incredible size, especially while relying on outdated surveillance technology. The existing analog CCTV surveillance equipment was approaching end-of-life and the organization wanted to modernize security in their rapid transit subway stations. The organization decided to modernize to an IP security system, which would provide enhanced capabilities and higher resolution security footage.

One of the company’s core strategies is to continuously upgrade its services to meet the needs of their customers. However, the organization was facing several infrastructure barriers as they planned their upgrade to IP security. Traditional LAN design philosophies would involve ripping-and-replacing the existing Coax-based infrastructure to support the new IP cameras, leading to concerns of high project costs, long deployment times and a harsh environmental impact. The organization was unsatisfied with this approach and required an innovative solution.

Change the Conversation; Improve the Outcome

Due to the organization’s needs, the distributor was confident in recommending Modern LAN design philosophies and the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 PoE solution. Developed by Frost & Sullivan, Modern LAN principles provide new best practices for connecting IP endpoints as organizations expand their network to incorporate IoT devices. Principle #1 suggests designing the LAN using the “outside-in” approach by first identifying the endpoint characteristics to determine the best supporting infrastructure. Another principle is to consider new PoE innovations to support IoT initiatives and simplify LAN design/requirements. By applying these principles, the organization determined that they could leverage their existing and proven Coax-based infrastructure using the CLEER24 long-reach PoE solution.

The customer was excited with the new solution but wanted to test the capabilities in their environment. NVT Phybridge assisted the customer in organizing a no-obligation proof of concept. After a few simple setup steps, the CLEER24 switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, transformed the existing Coax-based infrastructure into a robust and reliable IP backbone for the new surveillance system. The customer was also pleased with the ability to connect IP devices up to 6,000ft (1,830m) away from the application using existing infrastructure – with zero IDF closets required along the way.

Environmental Responsibility

Protecting the natural environment is an important core value of the organization, as they aim to become one of the most resource-efficient and ecologically sustainable railway companies in the world. The organization has implemented LEED green building standards and continuously strives to reduce energy and resource consumption in all railway operations. Aligned with their existing sustainability programs, Modern LAN design helped the organization:

  • Reuse their existing physical infrastructure; which prevented over 10 US tons (20,000 pounds) of Coax cable from ending up in a landfill
  • Avoid extensive construction and renovation work; reducing material and energy consumption
  • Eliminate the need to install additional IDF closets thanks to the CLEER24’s long reach capabilities; reducing ongoing energy consumption
  • Reduce the deployment time by 9 months; ensuring minimal disruption to passengers

This successful project was recognized by IoTG (Internet of Things to the Power of Green), an association of businesses that support and recognize responsible digital transformations. Using an innovative analytical tool to measure environmental impact, the subway system received the highest rating, 5 stars, for their environmentally responsible modernization to IP.

A Better Return on Investment

The customer took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. By applying Modern LAN principles and leveraging innovative switch technology, the organization was able to:

  • Reduce infrastructure costs by more than $500,000
  • Deploy over 500 new IP cameras with no disruption to passengers
  • Prevent over 10 US tons (20,000 pounds) of cabling e-waste from entering a landfill
  • Reduce the overall deployment time by 9 months
  • Simplify deployment and ongoing network management
  • Build a cyber-secure and robust IP platform for their new security solution

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Sports and Recreation Center Changes the Conversation to Simplify Modernization; Significantly Improving Their Outcomes

A Sports and Recreation Center in Mexico was relying on an outdated security system that could no longer provide the required capabilities. The organization decided to deploy a new IP solution to provide the safest facility for healthy recreation. The center is a place where sports and culture come together to contribute to the physical, intellectual and social development of the community. The organization promotes honesty, diversity, and participation; ensuring everyone can contribute to creating a better world.

One of the organization’s core values is to continuously improve service quality and member experience. However, while planning their IP upgrade, the organization became concerned with establishing the necessary infrastructure to effectively and securely support the new IP surveillance system. The large Sports and Recreation Center is comprised of several indoor and outdoor facilities; including soccer fields, tennis courts, swimming pools, basketball courts, gymnasiums, and multi-purpose rooms. The size and diversity of the facility left the organization concerned with:

  • Extremely high costs to establish new infrastructure in each building – and connect the infrastructure in each building with new fiber-optic cabling
  • Long deployment times to establish the necessary infrastructure and implement the new IP solution
  • Disruption to members and network downtime caused by the network overhaul

Change the Conversation; Improve Your Outcome

Given the customer’s needs, reseller partner, Panaseg, was confident in recommending Modern LAN design and introduced the customer to the NVT Phybridge FLEX solution. The customer had used NVT Phybridge products in the past with great success and was confident in the solution. Modern LAN principle #3 suggests leveraging new PoE innovations to simplify the modernization to IP and improve return on investment. The customer was satisfied and excited to use the FLEX switch to leverage their existing infrastructure to simplify the deployment.

After a few simple setup steps, the award-winning FLEX switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, transformed the customer’s existing multi-pair infrastructure into a robust and reliable PoE backbone for the new IP surveillance system. The long-reach capabilities ensured that the organization could support the new IP cameras with up to 2,000ft (610m) reach – 6 times farther than standard PoE switches. By eliminating the rip-and-replace requirement, the Sports Center reduced project costs and disruption while eliminating risk, network complexity, and cybersecurity concerns.

“I highly recommend the FLEX solution from NVT Phybridge”, said Octavio Villa, Sales Director at Panaseg. “NVT Phybridge helps us bring great value to our customers with long reach PoE solutions that can leverage existing infrastructure to support IP. Product quality is great, and the support team is knowledgeable and helpful”.

 

A Better Return on Investment

The Sports and Recreation Center took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in financially and socially responsible manner. The customer changed the conversation around LAN design to improve their outcome; leveraging Modern LAN principles and NVT Phybridge PoE innovations to:

  • Deploy 250 new IP cameras across the recreation center
  • Reduce the overall deployment time by more than 3 months
  • Reduce infrastructure costs by 50%
  • Avoid installing 7,500 pounds of cable
  • Eliminate the need to install multiple IDF closets
  • Simplify PoE network requirements

Environmental Stewardship

This successful project was recognized by IoTG, an association of businesses that support and recognize responsible digital transformations. Using an innovative analytic tool to measure environmental responsibility, the Sports and Recreation Center received the highest rating, 5 stars, for their exceptional transformation.

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Assisted Living Center Changes the Conversation with Modern LAN Principles to Improve Their Outcome

Juniper Communities is an assisted living network dedicated to fostering active bodies, engaged minds and fulfilled spirits for their residents. However, communication was hard work for staff as the organization was relying on an outdated and unreliable PBX phone system. To continue providing industry-leading services, the organization decided it was time to modernize to a new IP communication solution.

Environmental Stewardship

Juniper Communities understands the importance of preserving our natural environment. Their Green Canopy program promotes healthier living for residents, staff and the community through various environmentally-conscious events and initiatives. Through the Green Canopy program, the organization has helped plant trees in the local community, organized fundraising events to restore fresh waterways in Florida’s coastal region, and care for gardens of flowers and vegetables every spring. Additionally, the Chatham location was one of the first retirement communities to embrace the green building movement; using LEED standards to design the facility.

As Juniper Communities planned their modernization to IP, network infrastructure became a key challenge. Traditional network design philosophy would involve ripping-and-replacing the existing voice infrastructure with new Ethernet. Along with the extremely negative environmental impacts, the organization was concerned with the long deployment times and the disruption to their residents that this would cause. Juniper Communities required an innovative solution to overcome their challenges.

Change the Conversation; Improve the Outcome

Given the customer’s needs, the reseller partner was confident in recommending Modern LAN design – and introduced the customer to the NVT Phybridge PoLRE® solution. The PoLRE switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, enables Modern LAN principles and allows organizations to leverage their existing infrastructure, eliminating the disruptive, time consuming and costly rip-and-replace requirement. Juniper Communities was impressed and decided to test the solution in their environment. After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed their existing and proven voice network into a secure and robust PoE backbone for their new IP phones. The PoLRE switch extends PoE up to 1,200ft (365m) – 4 times farther than standard PoE switches – ensuring the customer could easily connect the new IP phones exactly where they were needed. Juniper Communities was able to responsibly modernize to IP, as they were able to:

  • Prevent over 650 lbs of wiring from ending up in a landfill
  • Eliminate IDF closet requirements; reducing ongoing energy consumption
  • Maintain a physically separate point-to-point network topology for voice to enhance network security
  • Simplify their modernization to IP and eliminate disruption to staff and residents

“Our existing telecom system was aging, unreliable and becoming a huge liability”, said Don Breneman, Vice President of Risk Management and Business Operations at Juniper Communities. “As we planned the upgrade to IP, saving money while providing a high level of reliability and system management was important to our team. Luckily for us, we discovered the perfect innovation from NVT Phybridge. I would highly recommend the PoLRE solution to any organization upgrading their communication system to IP.”

A Better Return on Investment

Juniper Communities took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The organization was able to satisfy all the necessary infrastructure requirements without compromise, thanks to the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of the solution. By applying Modern LAN principles and leveraging innovative technology, Juniper Communities was able to:

  • Reduce infrastructure costs by over $100,000; significantly improving the project’s return on investment
  • Accelerate the project’s timeline and eliminate operational disruption to staff and residents
  • Reduce the project’s impact on the environment; preventing over 650 lbs of e-waste from entering a landfill
  • Build a secure and robust PoE platform for their new IP communication solution
  • Find a no-compromise solution that satisfied all the customer’s requirements

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Colombian Army Deploys IP CCTV Surveillance System for Their New Aviation Logistics Center

In early 2017, the Colombian Government finished construction on its state-of-the-art Army Aviation Logistics Center (Spanish acronym, CLAVE). Designed and built by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, CLAVE is an over 9,000 square meter facility designed to provide support for the transportation, storage, distribution and security of the Colombian Army’s aeronautical equipment. To comply with international standards for aeronautical logistical activities, the implementation of a high-level security system was required. This included deploying a comprehensive IP CCTV surveillance system of over 100 cameras to monitor the entire facility and its surroundings.

Challenge

The government agency needed to implement an IP CCTV system utilizing the Coaxial wiring in their new facility. However, the customer was challenged with extending PoE to support the new IP cameras in all areas of the building. The 328ft (100m) reach limitations of standard PoE switches meant that the agency would need to install multiple IDF closets, which would be extremely costly and increase network complexity. CLAVE was unsatisfied with the traditional approach to network design; turning to project partners to help find an innovative solution.

Solution

Given the customer’s infrastructure challenges, Colombian distributor SAC was confident in recommending the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 (Coax-Leveraged Ethernet Extended Reach) managed switch solution. The award-winning CLEER24 enterprise-grade switch provides Ethernet and PoE+ over Coax with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach – 18 times farther than standard PoE switches. In just a few simple setup steps, the CLEER24 solution transformed the Coax cabling into the power-packed IP platform needed to support the new IP cameras while eliminating the need to install costly IDF closets. “In our case where distance limitations were a critical issue, NVT Phybridge made all the difference when other solutions on the market could not,” said Paula Rosana Murillo, Business Development Coordinator at SAC. “Not only did the NVT Phybridge solution take the signal and transmit it through the Coax wiring to extremely far distances, but it also provided power to the IP camera.”

Result

CLAVE was able to flawlessly deploy 109 IP cameras across the entire facility with virtually no disruption to operations. For the integrator, this was a professionally enriching experience. “NVT Phybridge, through its Colombian distributor SAC, facilitated access to technical training and support – ensuring the proper usage of these products and allowing the integrator to have greater confidence in the implementation of the technology,” commented Oscar Triviño, Project Manager in charge of the CLAVE facility construction. “The implementation of the NVT Phybridge solution generated savings in wiring, electrical infrastructure and manpower that was estimated at $56,000 USD – with the connection of all cameras to the power source being achieved in the most effective way possible.” With CLEER24 technology, the customer was able to take full advantage of Modern LAN principles, fast-track their modernization to IP, while eliminating risk and creating a robust IP platform that can be managed remotely. The solution eliminated all infrastructure replacements, service outages, security risks, network complexity, and no wasted budgets. “NVT Phybridge technology ensured the quality of all the video content. The agency is now able to take full advantage of the high-quality, state-of-the-art IP cameras used in the project; providing an incredibly satisfying result for the Colombian Army.”

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One of the largest U.S federal government agencies, serving over a million households across multiple locations, was using a variety of outdated less reliable PBX solutions from various vendors. The agency wanted to consolidate all locations to a single IP based VoIP solution from a single vendor. The plan was to deploy a private cloud-based solution and connect all locations to it, allowing them to improve PBX management efficiency, reduce cost and complexity, and centralize monitoring, management, and updating requirements. However, the agency faced a significant barrier to their IP modernization, the local area network infrastructure was not ready and would require a major overhaul.

Challenge

The customer was operating a variety of aging TDM PBX’s across multiple locations. This was inefficient, and they wanted to modernize to a robust VoIP-based infrastructure solution to improve customer experience, internal communications, and productivity. With no appropriate LAN infrastructure, the agency realized the project would be financially prohibitive, complex, disruptive, and risky. They would need to rip-and-replace all wiring infrastructure, establish PoE switch fabric to power the phones, address IDF closet requirements including power availability, backup power, cooling and rack space in every location. This was a significant barrier to deploying the new solution. The customer needed a simplistic, robust solution that would permit a more graceful upgrade while reducing disruption, cost, complexity, and risk to operations.

Solution

The customer was introduced to the NVT Phybridge PoLRE® (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) managed switch, by integrator Optivor Technologies. Using the PoLRE, the customer was immediately able to convert their existing infrastructure into a robust IP platform with power to support the new IP solution. The award-winning PoLRE provided Ethernet and PoE over a single pair of UTP with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach, and, not only transformed the existing infrastructure into a power-packed IP platform but also established a point-to-point voice LAN dedicated to the new phone system.

Result

The NVT Phybridge PoLRE solution immediately solved the customer’s problem, allowing them to modernize from their digital system to IP phones seamlessly, cost-effectively, and with no risk or disruption to operations. As Rob Wynn, Operations Manager at Optivor recalled, “There was literally no disruption, the employees left work one day and returned the next day to a new IP phone. The customer experienced a $1.2 Million savings thanks to the PoLRE switch, which greatly reduced costs to establish a robust, easy to manage PoE backbone to support the IP phones allowing the agency to proceed with the project and allocate more of their budget to IP application driving a better return on investment. The PoLRE eliminated the risks associated with the massive upgrade and allowed the Agency to centralize call control and move to an all IP platform – with the same repeatable, predictable and scalable deployment experience across all locations. Since the installation, there has been no quality of service issues, as Wynn mentions, “I was expecting issues like we usually see with large deployments, but when there were none, I was actually surprised.” “In addition to no day two LAN issues, we were able to fast track the IP modernization given the simplicity, repeatability, and effectiveness of the PoLRE switch offering.” Thanks to NVT Phybridge technology, each location, regardless of size was able to quickly and easily transition to IP phones without risk, disruption, network complexity, and high costs. In addition, the agency was able to upgrade to a PoE backbone in an environmentally responsible manner, repurposing and reusing the existing infrastructure, greatly reducing waste and other negative environmental impacts.

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