PoLRE Reduces Network Costs By 50% for Funeral Service Provider

NVT Phybridge PoE Switch Technology Reduces Digital Transformation Costs by 50% for Funeral Service Provider

NVT Phybridge Case Study – Funeral Services

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  • A cremation and funeral service provider wanted to upgrade from a digital phone system to an IP communication solution across several locations.
  • The customer needed to avoid business disruption and unnecessary infrastructure costs
  • Convergent Solutions used the NVT Phybridge PoLRE LPC switch to remove the customer’s digital transformation barriers and reduce infrastructure costs by more than 50%.


A cremation and funeral service provider with several locations across Wisconsin wanted to upgrade from a digital phone system to an IP communication solution across several locations. While the organization wanted to provide employees with new communications capabilities, it first needed to overcome critical infrastructure barriers.

The customer’s funeral service locations were designed to look like homes instead of offices. With ceilings made of drywall instead of the usual drop ceiling, re-cabling would be complex, disruptive, and costly. The organization was very concerned with the potential for business disruption, as booked funeral services require calm, clean, and respectful environments that cannot be tarnished with ongoing construction work or building renovations. The organization needed an innovative solution to modernize communication without business disruption or high costs.


Technology integrator, Convergent Solutions, discovered NVT Phybridge Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions and recommended the PoLRE LPC switch to help overcome the customer’s digital transformation barriers. The 8-port PoLRE LPC switch delivers fast Ethernet and PoE over single-pair UTP (CAT3) cable with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach – four times farther than standard switches. The customer was impressed and decided to move the project forward using NVT Phybridge Power over Long Reach Ethernet technology.


After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE LPC switch transformed the customer’s existing single-pair UTP infrastructure into a robust and secure IP network backbone for the new IP communication solution. “This was our first time using the product, and it was very successful,” said Troy Thompson, Owner of Convergent Solutions. “NVT Phybridge products allowed our integrators to focus on key business applications instead of costly and difficult infrastructure upgrades.”

Convergent Solutions modernized the customers’ communication system and provided connectivity beyond the traditional 328ft (100m) distance limitation without modifying the existing IDF closets. “The PoLRE LPC switch provided a slide-in design that simplified deployment,” said Troy Thompson. “We avoided after-hour labour costs and complex infrastructure upgrades for the customer while providing a simple, quick, and hassle-free deployment for our installers.”

Compared to the traditional approach of removing and replacing network cabling, the PoLRE LPC switch reduced infrastructure costs by more than 50% for the funeral home. The customer experienced zero business disruption during deployment, allowing for uninterrupted funeral services. “The customer’s facilities did not allow for any disruption or simple infrastructure upgrades,” said Troy Thompson. “The NVT Phybridge product allowed for the quick and easy modernization of existing infrastructure with no environmental disruption for the customer or its guests.”

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