Cisco Finds Success with PoLRE® for Multinational Energy Corporation

A Multinational Energy Corporation wanted to modernize their communication platform at one of their U.S. manufacturing plants. The customer wanted to become 100% IP by upgrading to the latest Cisco UC solution.

Cisco and Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions (CBTS) were trusted to help the customer modernize to IP. After an assessment of the customer’s environment, it was determined that many phones were connected using cables that ran through “hot zones”. Hot zones indicated areas of the facility that were affected by radiation. This became a major obstacle to becoming 100% IP as all equipment in the radiated areas were completely hands-off and no new supporting infrastructure could be installed. The customer did not want to move forward with the project unless Cisco could find a way to upgrade every phone in the facility.

Modern LAN Innovation

Due to the restrictive nature of the transformation, Cisco was confident in recommending the PoLRE solution to the customer. The customer chose to participate in a no-obligation proof of concept to test the solution in their live environment. After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed the existing cable runs in the radiated zones into a robust power-packed IP platform, capable of supporting the new Cisco IP phones up to 1,200ft (365m) away – that’s 4Xs the reach of standard PoE switches.

“The NVT Phybridge PoLRE solution was the perfect fit for the customer. It allowed us to leverage the existing cables running through the hot zones to support the new Cisco IP phones, eliminating the barriers caused by radiation”, said Joey Bruce, Cisco UC Consulting Systems Engineer. “PoLRE allowed us to provide the exact amount of bandwidth and PoE well beyond the 300ft reach limitations of standard switches.”

Because Cisco found a solution to support the project’s objectives and overcome the critical barriers, the customer was able to become 100% IP – deploying over 2,400 new Cisco IP phones throughout the entire facility. “Four years later the customer is still using the PoLRE switches, which have been extremely reliable and simple to manage”, said Adam Colwell, CBTS Unified Communications Engineer.

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A Better Return on Investment

Cisco took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their customer’s IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. By applying Modern LAN principles and leveraging innovative switch technology, Cisco has helped the customer fast-track their IP deployment, establish a secure point-to-point LAN topology and save thousands of dollars on infrastructure that can be reallocated to ROI driving applications.

Congratulations to IoT Pioneer Award winner Joey Bruce of Cisco for helping this customer achieve their modernization objectives!

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