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

Challenge

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

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

Solution

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

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

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

Results

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

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

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

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

Challenge

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

Solution

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

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

Results

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

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

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

 

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

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

Challenge

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

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

Solution

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

Result

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

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

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

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

Challenge

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

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

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

Solution

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

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

Result

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

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

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

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

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El Paseo South Gate Improves IP Security Deployment with OC Tech Innovations and NVT Phybridge

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

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

Problem

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

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

Solution

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

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

Result

Reduced infrastructure Costs for Better ROI

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

Simple and Fast Deployment

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

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

Simple LAN Design

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

Superior Performance at Greater Lengths

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

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

Physical Network Segmentation

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

Industry-Leading Pre and Post Sale Support

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

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

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Problem

An American sports broadcasting network wanted to modernize to an IP communication solution without disrupting its 24/7 operations. The organization was relying on a digital phone system that was obsolete and becoming increasingly inefficient and costly. However, the existing phone system was supported by a single-pair UTP infrastructure that was not ready to support the new IP devices. While the customer wanted to modernize to IP, they were not interested in the risk, complexity, and business disruption that would result from ripping out the existing infrastructure and replacing it with new CAT5/6 Ethernet cabling.

Strict company policy mandated 24/7 operational uptime, which meant there was no allowance for the disruption that the re-cabling would cause. Additionally, the enormous cost associated with infrastructure requirements was not in the budget’s scope, creating additional barriers and challenges to deploying the new IP communication solution. The sports broadcasting network needed an innovative solution to overcome its infrastructure barriers and complete its digital transformation project.

Solution

The customer’s IT Director met with the NVT Phybridge team at an industry event and discovered the PoLRE® (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) switch. The enterprise-grade PoLRE switch delivers fast Ethernet and PoE over single-pair UTP cable with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach; that’s four times the reach of standard Ethernet switches. The IT Director was impressed with the technology and organized a proof of concept to test the solution in a live environment.

After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed the customer’s existing and proven single-pair UTP infrastructure into a robust PoE network to support the new IP communication solution. After experiencing the features and benefits of the PoLRE switch first-hand, the customer was confident that the technology would overcome the digital transformation barriers.

“The NVT Phybridge PoLRE® switch is a pretty straightforward process. The big advantage for us was delivering outstanding service, which was critical for the success of the project.” Richard Smith, Product Sales Specialist, GSP America.

Result

The sports broadcasting network saved over $500,000 in infrastructure costs using the NVT Phybridge PoLRE switches. The customer significantly simplified and accelerated its digital transformation project, deploying the new IP communication solution without disrupting its regular business operations. The PoLRE switch’s extended reach capabilities simplified LAN design and ongoing network management, as the customer was able to support the new IP phones exactly where they were needed without additional IDF closets. “It’s a pretty straightforward process,” said Richard Smith, Product Sales Specialist, GSP America. “The big advantage for us was delivering outstanding service, which was critical for the success of the project”. The customer was able to avoid the traditional rip-and-replace upgrade method, using Modern LAN principles to improve the outcome of the project significantly.

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One of the world’s largest food companies was relying on an analog communication system that could no longer keep up with the company’s needs. The organization wanted to modernize to IP. However, the company needed to overcome critical network readiness challenges to support a new IP voice solution.

Challenge

A CAT3 network infrastructure supported the existing analog phone system. Based on traditional LAN design thinking, the food company believed it needed to rip-and-replace the network infrastructure and install new Ethernet to support IP. Additionally, the organization was uncertain how to support the IP phones in all areas of the manufacturing facilities, given the 328ft (100m) reach limitation of standard Ethernet switches. The customer was not interested in the IDF closets required to extend connectivity to all areas of the buildings. The project was critical for business growth – but the network requirements appeared to be too costly, complicated, and disruptive to the business. The customer needed a modern solution to overcome its challenges.

Solution

Given the customer’s digital transformation challenges, JT Global Enterprise, the reseller partner, introduced the food company to the NVT Phybridge PoLRE® switch. The PoLRE switch delivers PoE over any new or existing single-pair UTP (CAT3) infrastructure with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach. That’s four times farther than a standard PoE switch. The customer was satisfied, as the innovation would eliminate rip-and-replace requirements and allow for a smoother modernization experience. In just a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed the customer’s existing CAT3 infrastructure into a robust IP/PoE backbone with more than enough reach to support the new IP phones exactly where the customer needed them.

Result

The food company leveraged the NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch to deploy over 4,000 IP phones across 47 locations. JT Global Enterprise was able to leverage the existing and proven voice infrastructure to maintain a physically separate network for the new IP voice solution. The customer was also pleased with the simplicity of the solution. “Achieving IP connectivity first to support our new solution was where we exhausted most of our planning time. When we learned about the NVT Phybridge PoLRE product, we were able to move straight into implementation,” said the Sr. Telecommunications Manager for the food company. “The PoLRE switch solved every concern we had, especially around costs and complexity. Its simplicity, stability, and ease of deployment quickly provided the IP and PoE we needed to support our new system and features for all of our users.”

The food company took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support its IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The customer leveraged Modern LAN design and NVT Phybridge PoE innovations to:

  • Create a secure and robust point-to-point network topology for the new IP phones to improve application performance and quality of service
  • Reduce infrastructure costs by more than $1.2 million
  • Deploy the PoLRE solution in just four months; compared the original 18-month forecast
  • Avoid rip-and-replace requirements to eliminate any potential business disruption
  • Leverage the existing infrastructure to prevent over 12 tons of e-waste

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GNP (Grupo Nacional Provincial) is one of the largest insurance providers in Mexico. The company has several offices throughout the country and primarily provides insurance policies for life, medical, automobile, home, and business. The organization was relying on analog CCTV technology that was unreliable and outdated. GNP wanted to modernize from its outdated system and deploy a new IP surveillance solution to improve security and take advantage of enhanced features.

Challenge

Several network barriers needed to be addressed before the organization could deploy the new IP security solution. A Coax infrastructure supported the existing CCTV system in each of the company’s locations. The customer had initially thought about ripping out the existing Coax-based infrastructure in each location and using fiber-optic cabling to extend connectivity beyond the 328ft (100m) reach limitation of standard Ethernet switches. However, this strategy would be extremely costly, disruptive, and time-consuming. GNP was also concerned with the potential business disruption and negative operational impacts as a result of the construction work needed to overhaul the network. The organization required an innovative solution to achieve its digital transformation objectives.

Solution

Given the customer’s modernization challenges, Logen, the reseller partner, recommended NVT Phybridge EoC (Ethernet over Coax) innovations. Logen had used NVT Phybridge products in the past for many other projects and was confident in the technology. GNP was excited about the potential solution and organized a proof-of-concept to test the technology in one of its locations.

After a few simple setup steps, the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 switch transformed the customer’s existing and proven Coax-based infrastructure into a power-packed IP backbone. The CLEER24 switch delivers power and data over a single Coax cable up to 6,000ft (1,830m), that’s 18-times farther than a standard PoE switch. GNP was impressed with the results and decided to move forward with the project using the CLEER24 switch.

Result

GNP was delighted with the entire experience, using the CLEER24 switch to deploy more than 250 IP cameras across several locations. “Installing the CLEER24 switch was simple, quick, and did not require any special tools,” said Mario Gomez Alvarez. “The NVT Phybridge team provided excellent technical support and training materials.” The customer was able to avoid the traditional rip-and-replace strategy, leveraging the existing and proven Coax infrastructure to achieve incredible results.

  • Simplify and accelerate the deployment by 40%
  • Reduce total infrastructure costs by 50%
  • Prevent service outages and operational disruption during the upgrade
  • Eliminate IDF closet requirements
  • Maintain a physically separate network for the new IP security devices
  • Allocate infrastructure cost savings towards more IP devices and applications

GNP took full advantage of the CLEER24’s feature set. The switches are stacked and configured for power redundancy. Unused ports are locked for enhanced security. All equipment is centralized in one location for better system control.

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A large US grocery store chain needed to stop paying costly service charges to maintain its outdated TDM PBX voice system. The organization wanted to implement a new IP-based communication solution across all locations. However, the customer was very concerned with the potential disruption and high costs to rip-and-replace the existing CAT3 voice network.

Challenge

The customer was relying on an aging, analog phone system and wanted to upgrade to a Unified Communications platform across all new and existing stores. However, like most businesses, the analog phones were supported with CAT3 wiring infrastructure, with many cable runs going well beyond the 328ft (100m) reach limitations of standard Ethernet switches. The customer was experiencing several challenges and was concerned with:

  • The extremely high cost and time requirements needed to remove and replace the existing, yet reliable CAT3 infrastructure
  • Loss of revenue and business disruption during the modernization process
  • IDF closet requirements to support the new IP phones in all areas of the grocery stores, given the limited reach of standard Ethernet switches

The grocery store chain was unsatisfied with traditional LAN design and delayed the project to search for an alternative solution.

Solution

The customer learned about the award-winning NVT Phybridge PoLRE® (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) managed switch and engaged with one of their digital transformation experts to learn more. The PoLRE switch, with SmartPathPoE technology, delivers Ethernet and PoE over a single-pair UTP wire with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach – that’s four times the reach of standard Ethernet switches. The customer was excited to see the solution in action and organized a no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the solution in their environment. In just a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed the customer’s existing voice infrastructure into an IP backbone with more than enough bandwidth to support the new IP phones. PoLRE’s extended reach capabilities ensured that the new IP phones were deployed exactly where the customer needed them without the need for multiple IDF closets along the way.

“The customer was impressed with the switch’s ability to deliver PoE over the existing single-pair UTP cable at distances up to 1,200ft instead of the usual 328ft. The customer also found the security features and intuitive web GUI of the switch very attractive”

 – Darragh Hogan, Product Support Manager at NVT Phybridge

Result

By leveraging the NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch innovation, the customer was able to reduce network readiness costs, the deployment time, and complexity associated with infrastructure requirements. After the successful implementation at the first location, the customer modernized the remaining locations using the PoLRE switch to achieve incredible results.

  • Achieved over $5 million in infrastructure cost savings
  • Leveraged the existing and proven voice infrastructure to create a physically separate and secure IP voice network
  • Significantly reduced the deployment time, accelerating the return on investment
  • Eliminated business disruption as no construction was required

Repeatable, Predictable, and Scalable Across Every Location

The existing voice infrastructure topology at every store is the same, point-to-point. By leveraging this proven and reliable infrastructure, the customer was able to simplify its modernization with a repeatable, predictable, and scalable deployment experience across every location. The customer was able to significantly reduce the deployment time and save over $5 million, thanks to the NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch.

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One of the world’s largest and most reliable airlines was relying on outdated analog communication systems that were unreliable and costly to maintain. The organization decided it was time to modernize to IP and centralize call management in each of its locations.

Challenge

Each of the airline’s locations was equipped with its own locally managed TDM PBX. The organization wanted to take advantage of IP communication features while consolidating call control and centralizing voice management to improve efficiency. However, before the implementation could begin, infrastructure upgrades were required – starting with ripping-and-replacing the existing CAT3 voice infrastructure. However, the customer was concerned with this strategy due to:

  • Extremely high network readiness costs to remove and replace the existing voice network
  • Long deployment times and disruption to business
  • Operational inefficiencies caused by network downtime during the upgrade process

The customer was unsatisfied with the modernization strategy and halted the project to look for an alternative solution.

Solution

The customer discovered NVT Phybridge and engaged with one of their digital transformation experts to learn more. NVT Phybridge analyzed the customer’s objectives and challenges and recommended the PoLRE® solution. The PoLRE switch, with SmartPathPoE technology, delivers PoE over any new or existing single-pair UTP infrastructure with reach capabilities up to 1,200ft (365m) – that’s four times farther than standard switch solutions.

The customer was impressed with the proposed solution but wanted to test the technology in one of its locations. NVT Phybridge assisted the customer in organizing a no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the solution in a live environment. In just a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed the customer’s existing and reliable voice network into an IP path with power with more than enough bandwidth to support the new IP phones exactly where they were needed. The customer was amazed at the simplicity of the solution and with how quickly all the barriers were eliminated.

Result

The solution allowed the customer to overcome the critical challenges that had delayed their telecommunications project. The new centralized VoIP system was implemented in record time and without a glitch. The NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch innovation helped the customer and partner avoid the stresses, complexities, costs, disruptions, and risks typically associated with modernizing older communication infrastructures. The customer was extremely satisfied with the entire experience as they were able to:

  • Eliminate the various TDM voice systems and consolidate all locations onto a single IP voice platform with centralized call control and management
  • Reuse the existing voice infrastructure to reduce network readiness costs, accelerate deployment, and eliminate business disruption
  • Modernize to an IP communication system without risk or compromise

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