Multinational Manufacturer Reduces Digital Transformation Costs By $750,000 USD

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Multinational Chemical and Consumer Goods Manufacturer Uses PoLRE Switches to Deploy Over 1,100 New IP Phones

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  • A multinational chemical and consumer goods company wanted to standardize communication across the organization
  • However, unforeseen network infrastructure requirements threatened a successful deployment and halted the project
  • The reseller partner, Innovative Telephone & Data Solutions, recommended the NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch to overcome the project’s barriers A multinational chemical and consumer goods company with leading innovations in adhesive technologies, beauty care, and home care made a global decision to standardize its communication solutions. The organization wanted to deploy Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams


After surveying the customer’s environment, project partners determined the site’s network infrastructure wasn’t ready to support the new IP phone system. A CAT3 wiring infrastructure supported the existing communication system, and the project planners did not budget for the high costs of wide-scale re-cabling efforts across the organization. Concerned with business disruption caused by re-cabling requirements, the customer halted the project while the partners searched for an innovative solution.


Brad Batten from Innovative Telephone & Data Solutions introduced the NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch and organized a free, no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the equipment on site. The PoLRE switch delivers Ethernet and PoE over single-pair UTP cabling with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach – four times the reach of standard Ethernet switches. After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed the customer’s existing CAT3 wiring infrastructure into a secure and robust PoE backbone for the new enterprise communication solution. The customer was impressed with the PoLRE switch and restarted the project.


The customer used the PoLRE switch to deploy over 1,100 IP phones across the organization without disruption or downtime, giving employees the latest communication applications and capabilities. “The NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch reduced deployment complexity as [the customer] did not need to schedule its operations around disruptive cable installations,” said Brad Batten. “This alone cut labor costs significantly as less overtime and off-hour work was required.” The PoLRE switch helped the customer save an estimated $750,000 USD in network infrastructure costs. “The reach capability of the PoLRE switch solved the distance requirements without re-cabling,” said Brad Batten. “Without the PoLRE switch, we would have needed to increase the data infrastructure, deploy new IDF closets, fiber, and other electronics to support them.”

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