New Mexico State University (NMSU) has been serving the educational needs of their 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.


NMSU’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


By applying new Modern LAN design principles, New Mexico State University discovered NVT Phybridge PoLRE® (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) switch technology. The university 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”


Thanks to the PoLRE managed switch, NMSU was able to leverage their 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 their 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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NVT Phybridge was featured on Canadian Security’s Focus On Series. Healthcare Vertical Lead Julian Kennedy speaks about the benefits of modernizing to IP with NVT Phybridge.

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Over the past couple of months we have been working on getting some CSA approved product transferred over to UL approvals. We are pleased to let you know that CLEER24 and EC4 are now UL approved! The FLEX family of products in the field have been UL approved since product release. For more information on how our industry leading, long reach PoE solutions have helped our customers to achieve a combined savings of over $100 Million read more here.

Upcoming Trade Shows, Q4 2017:

  • Hospital Expansion Summit Panama: Dates: October 3-4 2017 | Location: Panama City, Panama
  • Silmar 2017: Dates: October 3-5 2017 | Location: Florida
  • CANASA 2017: Dates: October 18-19 2017 | Location: Toronto, Ontario | Booth: 538
  • ISC East 2017: Dates: November 15-16 2017 | Location: New York, New York

NVT Phybridge’s PoLRE switch solution, was recognized by Avaya as a winner of the 2017 “DevConnect Select Product Program Excellence Awards”. The PoLRE (Power Over Long Reach Ethernet) switch was recognized for consistently providing Avaya customers with a reliable solution that leverages existing single pair UTP infrastructure – while significantly minimizing cost and disruption to create a robust IP platform. Read more about the “DevConnect Select Product Program Excellence Awards”.

Arecont Vision®, the industry leader in IP-based megapixel camera technology, announced today that NVT Phybridge has recently joined the Arecont Vision Infrastructure Partner Program. “Teaming with NVT Phybridge, who is well respected by commercial and government customers for their network security and Power Over Long Reach Ethernet, fits extremely well with the Arecont Vision cybersecurity leadership of megapixel camera technology”, said Jason Schimpf, Director of the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program. Read Press Release.

NVT Phybridge and Superior Technology MENA have partnered to bring CHARIoT Series Switches into the Middle East market. Superior Technology MENA has opened a new branch office in Jebel Ali and will act as our Middle East sales representation. Lead by Dr. Mohamed Shawary, Superior Technology MENA will focus NVT Phybridge sales expansion across the Gulf States and into Cairo, Egypt. Contact for more information.