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passenger security and safety within a transportation network of this incredible size, especially while relying on outdated surveillance technology.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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Doug Green Sits Down with Nick Kwiatkowski, Unified Communications Manager at Michigan State University, to Discuss His Experience with the PoLRE® Switch Solution

Michigan State University (MSU) wanted to modernize communication on campus with a new IP phone system. However, infrastructure challenges and older buildings (many built in the 1800’s and early 1900’s) made it difficult to connect the new IP phones back to the application. Kwiatkowski and his team at MSU discovered the PoLRE (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, from NVT Phybridge which allowed the university to transform their existing voice network into an IP path with power. In this podcast, Kwiatkowski discusses his experience with the PoLRE switch and the benefits that his organization is experiencing thanks to the simple, secure and cost-effective solution.

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By Elka Popova, Vice President and Senior Fellow, Connected Work and Digital Experience @ Frost & Sullivan

If you have been following along on this guest blog series about Frost & Sullivan’s Modern LAN principles, I hope you’ve come to some of the same conclusions that my colleagues and I have reached: Today’s local area network is a vastly different environment than the PC-centric one of only a couple of years ago. A different environment requires not only a new way of thinking about network design but also a new toolbox of solutions to support an increasingly diverse set of network endpoints.

Each of the previous blog posts laid the groundwork for the need for a new set of best practices—what we call the Modern LAN principles. Modern LAN design recognizes the greater role that IoT is playing in both our businesses and our networks (Build the network around the devices you’re really using), as well as a reminder that all the work we do today should be done in a responsible and sustainable manner (Reduce, Reuse, Refocus Applies to the Network Too). In addition, Modern LAN principles break down some of the conventional wisdom when it comes to dealing with the new normal of connecting endpoints (The New Normal for Modern LANs), as well as a bit of a return to an older way of thinking about physical networks, suggesting that physically separate but functionally integrated IP network paths is the best approach to more efficiently manage the local area network, as well as a clever approach to dealing with ongoing and unanticipated cybersecurity threats (Why Segregating the Network Just Makes Sense).

As I helped develop the Modern LAN principles with my Frost & Sullivan colleagues, I have become convinced of two things. First, I believe that network administrators and solution architects will benefit by applying even one of these design principles in their own local area networks. Case in point: Just by leveraging the Modern LAN principle around environmental sustainability, the IT department can start to move from being the biggest producer of e-waste in the organization to a champion of sustainability and corporate responsibility.

Secondly, and most importantly, I firmly believe that the benefits of Modern LAN design actually multiply when they are applied together. Starting with an outside-in approach, administrators can begin to right-size the network to match the requirements of deployed endpoints. From there, clear opportunities to reuse existing cabling infrastructure begin to emerge, as well as the ability to start conversations about dividing these devices into physically separated but logically integrated networks. At the same time, outside-in efforts will shed needed light on what used to be considered network exceptions, bringing these increasingly common issues well into the fold of network design.

Together, the Modern LAN principles offer what network administrators need most: a highly flexible, cyber secure and agile local area network design. By prescribing to the Modern LAN principles, network architects and administrators can build networks that are environmentally conscious and better prepared for the rapidly-approaching connected future, all while putting money back in the IT budget for other projects.

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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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By Roopashree Honnachari, Industry Director for Business Communication Services & Cloud Computing at Frost & Sullivan

In our ongoing research here are Frost & Sullivan, we tend to think about Ethernet and Internet Protocol (IP) in terms of watershed moments: The two standards came together to replace the disparate networks businesses once relied on to enable communications and data transfer. Before Ethernet and IP, the communications network (phones connected to a central call control unit or PBX), the security network (cameras and access control connected to a dedicated system) and the data network were delivered over their own dedicated infrastructure and cabling. Ethernet and IP offered the promise of a single network on which all systems can interoperate, while also delivering the economies of scale that come with a shared infrastructure.

Unfortunately, several unintended consequences have taken some of the shine off the idea of an integrated network. Rather than serving as a beacon of interoperability, today’s business networks can quickly add to the workload and stress of network administrators. Each of the once-discrete networks comes with its own unique set of requirements, which are often at odds with one another. In dealing with conflicts, many admins find themselves tweaking and readjusting network settings or creating a complex set of virtual LAN (vLAN) policies. As the name suggests, the vLAN approach divides the physical network into a series of logical ones; it’s an administrator-intensive effort, devices often land in the wrong place, slowing performance, as well as increasing costs and network complexity.

In addition, ongoing cyber threats to the entire network remain, meaning that rogue apps, malware or denial of service attacks have the potential to take down not only PCs and business applications but also critical security and communications devices. Likewise, with more and more IoT endpoints connected to the network, new attack vectors are available to hackers to disrupt all of a business’ connected devices.

As Frost & Sullivan analysts across several research practices came together to develop a new set of best practices for local area networks, we factored both ongoing security threats as well as network simplification into what we call the “Modern LAN principles.” To address both the opportunity and challenges of network convergence, we included this recommendation:

When possible, construct physically separate but functionally integrated IP network paths for different and dedicated applications, ensuring mission-critical platforms are not impacted by disruptions or intrusions of the primary business network. By doing so, organizations have the option to create separate networks or connect them on site or in the cloud with a single cable.

So, what does a “physically separate but functionally integrated” network look like? In the diagram below, you will notice that the IP camera and IPTV in the upper right corner are physically separated from the PC network in the center and the IoT sensors on the left. This has two advantages. First, management of the throughput, power and configuration needs of the camera can be managed separately from the PC network, largely eliminating the need for vLAN configurations. Second, in the event of a cyber attack on the IoT or PC network, the security network is protected by its own firewall. And if a rapid response is needed, it can be unplugged from the rest of the network and operated independently. The PC and IoT networks can also operate in an independent but integrated fashion as needed.

“Physically separate but functionally integrated” is just one of several design best practices incorporated in the Modern LAN. To learn more, read the whitepaper “The Modern LAN: Rethinking Network Design for the Modern Age”, available at https://go.frost.com/Lan

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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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By Melanie Turek, Vice President of Research, Connected Work, Frost & Sullivan

Ask most network architects about the local area networks they manage, and they will likely regale you with a clear list of their preferred networking vendors and products for each of their environments. One thing that rarely comes up: the exceptions that lurk within every corporate LAN.

Exceptions are the one-offs, such as that IP phone on the loading dock that is just a little too far away from the nearest wiring closet to connect via standard Ethernet, or using dongles and an existing coaxial cable to plug a security camera into the network. All but the most generic of local area networks contain these dirty little secrets; the network administrators and architects I’ve spoken to will admit to them only grudgingly, with a wink and a nod.

The challenge, however, is that with the convergence of technologies on the LAN—including not only communications and security devices, but a whole fleet of IoT sensors and endpoints—the risks posed by seemingly benign one-off exceptions are all too real. That casual wink and nod could easily turn into a look of dread as more and more networked devices require non-standard equipment to work as desired—and blow up any semblance of network optimization, performance and security in the process. What’s more, administrators could find themselves dealing with scores of unique fixes, without relying on the rigorous processes that are foundational to any successful IT operation.

Helping companies deal with such exceptions is just one of several challenges Frost & Sullivan’s analyst team aimed to mitigate as we developed a new set of best practices for local area networks, which we are calling the “Modern LAN.” The solution: When it comes to dealing with exceptions, it is time to stop treating them as exceptions.

As non-traditional devices become the norm, network architects simply must come to terms with the fact that solutions such as Long-Reach Power over Ethernet (LRPoE) switches must be included as part of the approved network architecture, even if that means deploying new network design techniques and technologies. It also means being open to the possibility of including new suppliers and certifying new products as part of corporate-approved solutions. Incorporating and supporting a wider array of compatible network infrastructure gear gives both architects and the administrators in the field a fresh set of tools to deploy networks reflective of the devices that are making their way into corporate offices, shop floors and remote sites.

“Dealing with Exceptions” is just one of several design best practices incorporated in the Modern LAN. To learn more, read the whitepaper “The Modern LAN: Rethinking Network Design for the Modern Age”, available at https://go.frost.com/Lan

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Massive Surveillance Upgrade for Government Agency Aimed at Generating Benefits Beyond Security

A Government Agency was relying on an outdated analog surveillance system and wanted to modernize to a comprehensive IP solution. The massive surveillance upgrade would take place across 360 customs offices and border crossing locations, with the objective of increasing their ability to identify risks and reducing response time to threats. The Agency was also looking to improve efficiency by automating most of the processing of imports and exports coming in and out of the country, with the objective of increasing economic growth and foreign trade.

The Government Agency determined that over 10,000 existing analog cameras needed to be modernized to IP but was uncertain how to proceed. The immense scale of the project presented critical challenges:

  • High costs associated with ripping-and-replacing the existing Coax infrastructure, as well as the physical space required to install new IDF closets to support IP cameras in all areas of the facilities.
  • The estimated time of 4 years to deploy the new surveillance system across the 360 locations.
  • Loss of revenue and safety concerns caused by disruption to government import and export operations on a massive scale across the country.

Modern LAN Innovation

Unsatisfied with the traditional approach to network design, the Government Agency delayed the project while they searched for an alternative. A new system integrator was hired to help overcome their barriers. The SI introduced the Agency to Frost & Sullivan’s Modern LAN principles and discussed how this new network design methodology addressed many of the challenges they were facing. The Agency immediately recognized the potential but was skeptical that it would work in their environment.

The SI introduced the Government Agency to NVT Phybridge’s Modern LAN enabling technology to prove the solution. NVT Phybridge recommended the Ethernet over Coax (EoC) solution and arranged a free no-obligation proof of concept to prove Modern LAN design and the technology in Agency’s live environment. After a few simple setup steps, the CLEER24 (Coax-Leveraged Ethernet Extended Reach) managed switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, transformed the existing and reliable Coax infrastructure into a power-packed IP/PoE backbone, capable of supporting the new IP cameras with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach – 18Xs farther than standard Ethernet switches. The CLEER24’s repeatable, predictable and scalable deployment methodology would ensure that upgrading the 360 sites would be simple and fast.

The Government Agency 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 surveillance. 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 Agency established a secure and robust Power over Ethernet backbone for their new IP surveillance 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 cyber-secure 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 surveillance infrastructure and avoiding an extensive infrastructure overhaul, the Agency reduced their infrastructure costs by over $3 million and accelerated the deployment time by 80%.

Principle #4: Modernize to IP using IoTG environmentally responsible framework – by avoiding the traditional rip-and-replace upgrade model, the Agency prevented over 60 tons of e-waste from their digital transformation. The Agency also avoided installing a single IDF closet thanks to CLEER24’s long reach capabilities; reducing the organization’s ongoing energy consumption. IoTG (Internet of Things to the Power of Green) measures and recognizes organizations that modernize to the Internet of Things with an environmentally responsible process. The Government Agency has received the highest rating, 5-stars, for their exceptional transformation.

The Agency’s new IP surveillance system, now consisting of over 10,000 new IP cameras, delivers high-resolution viewing and recording capabilities; providing officials with better recognition and identification of potential safety threats at over 360 key customs and border crossing locations. The Agency was also able to leverage new business intelligence and technology to implement a new automated customs process. The integration of QR readers within the import and export locations has allowed the Agency to:

  • Reduce the average time spent by an individual at a border crossing location by 50%.
  • Reduce the amount of paperwork required during the import/export process.
  • Eliminate personnel interaction; further increasing safety and labour cost savings.

A Better Return on Investment

The Government Agency took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. By applying Modern LAN principles and innovative PoE technology, the Agency achieved incredible results.

  • Reduced infrastructure costs by over $3 million, reallocating the savings to more IP applications to improve the project’s ROI.
  • Eliminated risk and disruption of import and export operations.
  • Reduced the project’s impact on the environment; avoiding over 60 tons of e-waste.
  • Accelerated the deployment by 80%.
  • Built a cyber-secure and robust PoE platform for their enhanced IP surveillance system.

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Save the Waves®

Save the Waves is the philosophy by which the cruise line operates as it corresponds to environmental stewardship. Starting as a company-wide recycling program, Save the Waves has become a holistic approach to environmental responsibility guided by four key principles: reduce/reuse/recycle wherever possible, pollution prevention, go above and beyond compliance and continuous improvement through innovation. As a global leader in the hospitality industry, the cruise line recognizes the tremendous responsibility they have to the communities they visit and the oceans they sail in, which are at the very essence of their business. When it came time to modernize their fleet to IP phones to provide a better guest experience, environmental impact was top of mind.

Aligning with the Four Key Principles

The cruise line is continuously innovating and retrofitting their ships to operate more efficiently and with less impact on the environment. However, the customer was concerned with the high costs, long deployment times, business disruption and potential e-waste associated with traditional network design methodologies.

Unsatisfied with the traditional approach, the customer discovered Frost & Sullivan’s new Modern LAN design principles and the PoLRE® long-reach PoE innovation. By leveraging Modern LAN principle #4, a project plan was designed to minimize the impact on the environment.

  • The cruise line was able to 100% reuse existing infrastructure, preventing over 15 tons of e-waste while upgrading two luxury liners to IP communication. Leveraging the existing cables also saved on-going fuel consumption with every trip, as the proposed replacement wiring was approximately 3Xs the weight
  • By using new long reach Power over Ethernet innovations, the customer eliminated the need to install new server closets, which will reduce on-going fuel consumption with every trip
  • Over 6,000 legacy phones were modernized to IP across two cruise ships. These smart devices have energy saving capabilities that will reduce the customer’s carbon footprint even further
  • The simplified solution allowed the customer to deploy over 3,000 new IP phones in each ship during the originally scheduled one-month dry dock period, an accomplishment that the customer never thought was possible.

IoTᴳ (Internet of Things to the Power of Green) measures and recognizes organizations that modernize to the Internet of Things with an environmentally responsible process. The cruise line received the highest rating, 5 stars, for their exceptional transformation.

A Better Return on Investment

The cruise line 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 customer:

  • Reduced infrastructure costs by over $3 million
  • Eliminated risk and disruption
  • Reduced the project’s impact on the environment; preventing over 15 tons of e-waste
  • Deployed over 3,000 new IP phones in each of the two ships within the originally scheduled one-month dry dock period
  • Built a secure and robust PoE platform for their enhanced IP communication solution

“The new communication system was deployed within the 1-month period that each ship was in dry-dock, an accomplishment that the customer never thought was possible”, says Julian Kennedy, Vertical Lead for the Cruise Industry at NVT Phybridge. “Our CHARIoT series of solutions enable cruise lines to modernize their communication, entertainment and security systems on existing infrastructure while saving time, money, energy and weight”.

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