Located near Osaka, Japan, Kansai International Airport (KIX) is one of the busiest airports in Asia and is the main gateway into Japan. In 1994, the airport was constructed to alleviate overcrowding at Osaka International Airport. Today, around 25 million passengers use KIX every year, which prompted the need for Person Tracking Sensors to increase operational efficiencies. The sensors would support passenger traffic flow, queue management, and service delivery management applications. Every digital transformation project is unique, with unique challenges to be addressed along the way, including time and budget constraints, business disruption, visitor and staff safety, and reach requirements of standard PoE switches. Using Modern LAN principles, NVT Phybridge and project partners helped the airport overcome their challenges.

First Consider the Unique Characteristics of the Endpoint

Each IoT endpoint requires a different amount of power and bandwidth to operate effectively. Modern LAN principles state that these requirements should be the first consideration in any modernization project. Endpoint and application requirements should drive network strategy and design decisions.

For Kansai Airport, the sensors range would cover 100 square meters and needed to be mounted into the ceiling. The international departure terminal ceilings had exposed steel beams as opposed to a closed ceiling. Even though the sensors could be mounted on the beams, there was no place to provide power or mount a switch to relay PoE. With the vast open spaces of an airport terminal, installing IDF closets every 300 feet (100m) would be complex, costly, and disruptive to business.

Consider the Environmental Impact of Digital Transformation Projects

There is incredible awareness about the end-state environmental impact of IoT upgrades. There’s no doubt that smart lights that turn off automatically when no one is around will reduce energy consumption. But what about the environmental impact of the process of achieving that end-state? Do the ends justify the means, and what is the net benefit of the IoT upgrade when you “scorch the earth” to get there? Using Modern LAN principles and NVT Phybridge PoE innovations to ensure an environmentally responsible modernization will also simplify the deployment, reduce project timelines, and increase cost savings, both initially and on-going.

Maximize Efficiencies of the Network with Long Reach PoE Switch Innovations

It may come as a surprise, even to many in the business of the Internet of Things, that PoE switches are no longer constrained to 300 foot (100m) reach limitations. NVT Phybridge PoE innovations can extend Ethernet and power up to 6,000ft (1,830m); that’s 18-times farther than standard PoE switches. This was exactly the solution that Kansai Airport needed to overcome their obstacles.

The NVT Phybridge FLEX24 switch extends Ethernet and power up to 2,000ft, which reduced IDF closet requirements at Kansai Airport by 90%. The solution also significantly reduced deployment time and ensured zero disruption to the airport’s 24-hour operations. FLEX24 helped the customer reduce project complexity, risk, and cybersecurity concerns while reducing infrastructure costs by more than $75,000.

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