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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The NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch 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.

Arecont Vision®, an 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 Ethernet switches, fits extremely well with the Arecont Vision cybersecurity leadership of megapixel camera technology”, said Jason Schimpf, Director of the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program.

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 representative. Led by Dr. Mohamed Shawary, Superior Technology MENA will focus on NVT Phybridge sales expansion across the Gulf States and into Cairo, Egypt. Contact [email protected] for more information.

NVT Phybridge and Nissho Electronics have partnered to bring CHARIoT Series of Long Reach Ethernet Switches into the Japanese market. Nissho is an IT Distributor that focus mainly in B2B space, offering the newest and most innovative solutions for the IP Security and IP telephony markets. NVT Phybridge has dedicated a support representative in our Singapore location to manage our fast-growing relationship with Nissho. Contact [email protected] for more information.

NVT Phybridge Case Study: Healthcare System

A large not-for-profit healthcare system supporting multiple medical centers, critical access hospitals, and medical clinics across the Northwestern U.S. wanted to upgrade its TDM-based voice systems to IP. The limited functionality of the older systems meant communicating was hard work for staff, patients, and suppliers. NVT Phybridge changed all that with the IP-enabling, plug-and-play PoLRE® switch.

Challenge

The customer needed to move from an aging yet reliable TDM voice system to a converged, unified IP platform that would provide better communication and collaborative capabilities across multiple departments, facilities, and locations. But to implement the new technology, the customer first needed to establish an IP infrastructure to support it. Faced with the costly, time-consuming, and complex process of ripping/replacing/rebuilding each location’s CAT3 infrastructures with Ethernet was daunting. Additionally, extensive power and cooling upgrades were required in hundreds of IDF closets to support even more standard reach PoE switches. The massive, disruptive, and expensive TDM/CAT3 to IP technology refresh left the customer frustrated and uncertain how to proceed, forcing the project to be delayed indefinitely.

Solution

The customer discovered NVT Phybridge. Within minutes of learning about the PoLRE® (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) switch, the Sr. IT Director and Project Lead signed up for a no-cost/no-obligation hands-on trial on the main premise. The results were immediate and far exceeded the customer’s expectations. In just a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch, with SmartPathPoE technology, created the full VoIP and PoE capabilities needed – leveraging the established TDM infrastructure backbone. PoLRE’s long-reach capabilities completely eliminated the costs, disruption, and labor to upgrade the IDF closets. The customer was now able to move quickly to its new UC/Collaboration solution, fully powered and IP-enabled with the NVT Phybridge PoLRE switches.

Result

This healthcare customer was able to smoothly and flawlessly modernize over 900 phones across 10 buildings with almost no business disruption, and saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. “The NVT Phybridge PoLRE solution allowed us to achieve our project goals at a significantly reduced cost, all while maintaining call quality and pleasing our end-users,” said the Sr. IT Director. Delighted with the PoLRE IP modernization experience, the customer has recommended the solution to many in the same situation. He added, “Well, you know when something comes along, and it just works, how can you not pass that good news on to others? We want companies in the same predicament as we were to know there is a simpler way to modernize to IP. And that’s with NVT Phybridge PoLRE switches. We could not be happier with our new solutions.”

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