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.

NMSU’s existing analog communication system was approaching end-of-life. The university wanted a refresh and was looking to take advantage of IP phones and applications to increase efficiency. However, operating in around 100 buildings spread across a 900-acre campus significantly complicated the project. High cost, business disruption, and length of deployment time were major concerns, as the university first needed to upgrade its infrastructure to support the communications system.

Environmental Stewardship

With a large focus on agricultural studies, NMSU understands the vital importance of preserving Earth’s precious and limited resources, as well as reducing pollution and waste. By leveraging new Modern LAN design principles, NMSU was able to develop a plan to responsibly modernize to IP. The system integrator introduced the customer to the Modern LAN enabling PoLRE® (Power over Long-Reach Ethernet) switch innovation, capable of transmitting data and power over new or existing voice infrastructure up to 1,200ft (365m) – that’s 4 times farther than standard Ethernet switches! The Modern LAN solution allowed the customer to:

  • Eliminate the need to rip/replace/rebuild the existing and reliable infrastructure, greatly reducing material consumption and preventing approximately 21 tons of cables from entering a landfill
  • Use the existing wiring closets, as opposed to equipping 100+ new closets with backup power and cooling, further reducing material and ongoing energy consumption
  • Reduce the deployment time by 90%, minimizing the disruptions and frustrations to students and faculty. This also reduced the amount of travel during the implementation phase, greatly reducing harmful emissions

New Mexico State University was awarded the highest rating, 5 stars, for their environmentally responsible modernization to IP telephony.

Creating a Secure Network

As companies modernize to the Internet of Things, each additional IP endpoint connected to the network represents a potential access point for malicious activity. In DartTrace’s 2017 Global Threat Report, it was determined that hackers gained unauthorized access to critical company data through various IoT endpoints, including thermometers, smart artboards, and server closets.

Modern LAN principles provide a fundamentally new approach to network design. For New Mexico State University, leveraging the existing and reliable point-to-point network topology created a physically separate but functionally integrated network path for the new IP phones, ensuring the security of the core business network. “[The solution] allowed us to leverage the centralized location and backup capabilities and create a robust IP backbone for our new IP phones,” says Ray Cadena, NMSU’s Manager of Telecommunication Systems.

A Better Return on Investment

By leveraging PoLRE innovation and applying Modern LAN principles, NMSU was able to significantly accelerate their return on investment. The University decreased deployment time by over 3 years and saved over $1 million in infrastructure costs, reallocating more budget to ROI driving applications.

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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

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”

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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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.

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  • Hospital Expansion Summit Panama: Dates: October 3-4 2017 | Location: Panama City, Panama
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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.