NVT Phybridge Case Study: Catholic School District

Catholic School District Uses NVT Phybridge PoLRE Switches to Deploy New IP Communication Solution Across 160 Sites

The Catholic School District oversees 160 Catholic schools and administrative buildings in its geographic region, supporting over 80,000 students with more than 5,000 teachers and support staff. The organization relied on several outdated analog communications systems across the 160 locations that were end-of-life and becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to manage. The district wanted to modernize to IP and standardize communication across all sites to improve efficiency and access modern collaboration features.

Challenge

Before the Catholic School District could move forward with the digital transformation project, it needed to address essential network readiness requirements. A CAT3 network infrastructure supported the current analog communication system. The organization was hesitant to rip-and-replace the existing and proven voice infrastructure due to high network costs, long deployment times, environmental concerns, and disruption to staff and students.

The school district was also challenged with connecting the new IP phones across large school environments, given the 328ft (100m) reach limitation of standard Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches. The customer also wanted to avoid the additional cost, complexity, and space needed to address IDF closet requirements. The customer required an innovative solution to enhance communication without disruption, complexity, or high costs.

Solution

The Catholic School District discovered NVT Phybridge and engaged with one of their Digital Transformation Consultants. After discussing the organization’s modernization objectives and barriers, the customer believed they could achieve better outcomes using Modern LAN design principles and the PoLRE® (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) switch innovation. The NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch delivers power and connectivity over any new or existing single-pair UTP infrastructure with up to 1,200ft (365m) reach – that’s four-times farther than a standard PoE switch!

The Catholic School District was impressed with the proposal and wanted to test the technology in its environment. NVT Phybridge helped the customer organize a no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the solution in one of its locations. After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed the existing and reliable voice infrastructure into a robust and secure IP backbone for the new communication system. Due to the proof of concept’s success, the customer was completely confident in the PoLRE solution and was ready to move forward with the IP modernization initiative.

Result

The Catholic School District leveraged Modern LAN design principles and NVT Phybridge PoE innovations to achieve incredible results.

Create A Secure and Robust Local Area Network

The NVT Phybridge PoLRE switch helped the customer maintain a physically separate and cyber secure point-to-point network for IP voice. This ensures packets travel in order, on time, and without contention or loss, improving the service quality.

Maximize Return on Investment

The PoLRE switch’s repeatable, predictable, and scalable methodology simplified the digital transformation, saving the customer more than $2 million and reducing the total deployment time by 70%.

Environmental Responsibility

The school district could reuse its existing and proven voice infrastructure, preventing over 16 tons of e-waste from ending up in a landfill. The extended reach capabilities significantly reduced IDF closet requirements (power, cooling, backup power strategies, etc.), decreasing the organization’s ongoing energy consumption.

Change the Conversation; Improve the Outcome

The customer took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to achieve its IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The organization created a physically separate, robust, and reliable voice network without risk or compromise thanks to the simplicity of the PoLRE solution. The customer was beyond satisfied, leveraging NVT Phybridge innovation to:

  • Enhance communication across the school district to increase efficiency and collaboration
  • Reduce infrastructure costs by approximately $2 million, allocating more budget to ROI-driving IP devices and applications
  • Reduce IDF closet requirements by 80%
  • Easily deploy 5,000 IP phones across 160 locations thanks to the PoLRE switch’s repeatable, predictable, and scalable deployment methodology
  • Simplify network requirements to reduce the total deployment time by 70%. The organization was able to fully modernize a location in a few weeks, as opposed to months
  • Eliminate disruption to staff and students to maintain safe and effective learning environments
  • Ensure an environmentally responsible upgrade by reusing the existing infrastructure, preventing over 16 tons of e-waste

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The modern classroom is becoming a more connected and digital experience with new technologies to enhance security, productivity, and learning. It started with computer labs for student use, smart whiteboards in the classroom, and digital textbooks in place of old, beaten-up books with notes and drawings from past owners.

Technology in the classroom has provided a fantastic opportunity to expand and improve the curriculum. Computer labs helped educators prepare students for careers in computer programming, accounting, design, and more.

Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) provides even more opportunity to enhance education, from preparing students for future careers to improving safety and security measures. Internet-connected security cameras, blue light emergency phone terminals, and IP access control help make our schools as safe as possible.

However, infrastructure requirements continue to be one of the biggest challenges for educational institutions as they attempt to incorporate new technologies and IoT devices. Many operate in older buildings or on older campuses, making it extremely costly, complicated, and disruptive to rip-and-replace the existing infrastructure to support these smart devices.

Universities, specialized institutions, and school districts are simplifying the modernization to IP and the Internet of Things. Using Modern LAN principles and NVT Phybridge switch innovations, these institutions are transforming their existing cabling into a robust and secure IP backbone to support these intelligent, internet-connected devices. As schools try to do more with what they have, this no-compromise solution provides massive savings to ensure digital transformation projects easily stay within budget.

Originally published on LinkedIn by Steven Fair, EVP of Sales at NVT Phybridge

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Congratulations to our reseller partner, Protman, for winning the IoT Pioneer Award!

The Protman team helped a large manufacturing customer leverage Modern LAN principles and NVT Phybridge PoE innovations to ensure a simple, secure, and cost-effective modernization to IP surveillance. Thanks to Protman’s trailblazing leadership, the team helped the customer reduce infrastructure costs, deployment times, risk, complexity, disruption, and cybersecurity concerns.

Change the Conversation and Improve the Outcome for You and Your Customers

The Protman team took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to support the customer’s IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. Our partners are using Frost & Sullivan’s Modern LAN principles to increase & accelerate revenue recognition, collapse sales & deployment cycles, and eliminate infrastructure barriers for their customers as they modernize to IP.

Customer Benefits Reseller Benefits
  • Accelerated deployment to improve project ROI
  • Increased and accelerated revenue recognition
  • Reduced infrastructure costs; allocating more budget to IP endpoints and applications
  • Collapsed sales and deployment cycles
  • Simplified network requirements to reduce project complexity and risk
  • Increased brand image by bringing innovative technology and solutions to the customer

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Congratulations to our reseller partner, Logen, for winning the IoT Pioneer Award!

The Logen team helped Grupo Nacional Provincial (GNP) leverage Modern LAN principles and NVT Phybridge PoE innovations to modernize to IP surveillance, deploying over 250 IP cameras across multiple locations. Thanks to Logen’s trailblazing leadership, the team helped the customer reduce infrastructure costs, deployment times, risk, complexity, disruption, and cybersecurity concerns.

Change the Conversation and Improve the Outcome for You and Your Customers

The Logen team took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to support the customer’s IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. Our partners are using Frost & Sullivan’s Modern LAN principles to increase & accelerate revenue recognition, collapse sales & deployment cycles, and eliminate infrastructure barriers for their customers as they modernize to IP.

Customer Benefits Reseller Benefits
  • Total deployment time reduced by 40% to improve project ROI
  • Increased and accelerated revenue recognition
  • Reduced infrastructure costs by more than $60,000 (over 40%); allocating more budget to IP endpoints and applications
  • Collapsed sales and deployment cycles
  • Eliminated IDF closet requirements to reduce network complexity and cybersecurity concerns
  • Increased brand image by bringing innovative technology and solutions to the customer

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As a sales associate, we are delighted to make sales. But do we adequately consider the impact on the customer? Are we listening and thinking, or just simplify pushing and selling? John Croce, CEO of NVT Phybridge, compares selling to construction with the old adage, “measure twice; cut once.” Croce continues by saying we need to consider the impact of new technology on the customer, given their current state and environment. Croce’s team will consider:

  • Is the solution good for the customer? (or do we need to consider new innovation?)
  • Is my customer ready for the solution? (i.e. infrastructure)
  • How can I help create the best outcome for my customers?
  • Am I presenting a holistic solution that will support a long-lasting relationship with the customer?
  • Will the solution help me strengthen my brand value?

Whether you are buying or selling, don’t miss this podcast as we explore thinking and studying the client’s actual environment first before jumping in.

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Congratulations to Abigail Bautista, Sales Representative at Johnson Controls, for winning the IoT Pioneer Award!

Abigail Bautista helped an American multinational food and beverage corporation leverage Modern LAN principles and NVT Phybridge PoE innovations to ensure a simple, secure, and cost-effective modernization to IP surveillance across multiple locations in Mexico. Thanks to Abigail’s trailblazing leadership, she helped the customer reduce infrastructure costs, deployment times, risk, complexity, disruption, and cybersecurity concerns.

Change the Conversation and Improve the Outcome for You and Your Customers

Abigail Bautista took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to support her customer’s IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. Our partners are using Frost & Sullivan’s Modern LAN principles to increase & accelerate revenue recognition, collapse sales & deployment cycles, and eliminate infrastructure barriers for their customers as they modernize to IP.

Customer Benefits

Reseller Benefits

Accelerated deployment to improve project ROI Increased and accelerated revenue recognition
Reduced infrastructure costs; allocating more budget to IP endpoints and applications Collapsed sales and deployment cycles
Simplified network requirements to reduce project complexity and risk Increased brand image by bringing innovative technology and solutions to the customer

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Endpoints and Applications are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

We hear a lot of stories from our customers and partners at tradeshows and other events. A common one is of organizations buying hundreds/thousands of IP devices when they have the available budget. However, the organization has yet to address network readiness requirements to support these devices. When they approach the network infrastructure, they discover many challenges and roadblocks that prevent them from modernizing altogether. Therefore, the IP devices remain in server rooms and storage closets for months, sometimes even years, while the organization addresses these requirements.

In the case of New Mexico State University, the team had purchased thousands of IP phones in preparation for its move from analog to IP. Project partners had recommended that the university rip-and-replace its existing voice infrastructure to support the new communication solution. Not only was the network incomplete at the time of purchase, but the network strategy was also unsuccessful. This was the roadblock that led to thousands of phones in storage.

Then the university discovered NVT Phybridge Power over Ethernet (PoE) innovations and changed its network readiness strategy. Using the PoLRE® switch, the customer transformed the existing voice infrastructure, which had effectively supported the current system for years, into an IP backbone. Using this new strategy, New Mexico State University saved over $1 million in infrastructure costs and accelerated the project by three years.

They say you can only see about 10% of an iceberg floating in the ocean. The majority is hidden below the water. As you plan your next digital transformation project, it’s crucial to understand your unique LAN challenges and requirements to support the IP endpoints and applications.

Let us help you create a simple, secure, and cost-effective network to support your IP devices and applications.

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Welcome to episode two of our six-episode series about the business of technology. In the previous episode, Doug Green and John Croce, CEO of NVT Phybridge, discussed industry bias and the lack of empathy towards end-users who are trying to modernize with new technologies. In today’s podcast, John and Doug dive further into the challenges of technology upgrades: the cookie-cutter solution.

According to John, many well-meaning technology companies advance the idea of change to customers without much consideration for the customer’s requirements. Basically, they have an innovation looking for a home; an answer looking for a question. John states, “customers need modern solutions that are tailored to meet specific needs.” John and Doug discuss how to overcome this by changing the way we look at both the technologies we sell and the customers who use them. John provides an alternative solution and shares the success experienced by New Mexico State University, who used the NVT Phybridge PoLRE® switch and Modern LAN design principles to modernize to IP communication across campus. John outlines how this better approach can provide substantial savings to the enterprise while also improving outcomes for channel partners.

 

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Eliminate rip-and-replace requirements of existing infrastructure to simplify the modernization to Avaya IP Unified Communications and Digital Contact Center

 

October 23, 2019 Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA), a global leader in solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration, today announced a resale agreement with NVT Phybridge to provide its long reach, single-pair UTP PoE switches for IP Modernization as part of Avaya’s unified communications portfolio.

 

NVT Phybridge is a global leader in long reach PoE (Power over Ethernet), making long-distance IP connections simple, secure, and cost-effective. It’s series of long reach switches enable customers to modernize to an IP-based network, transforming existing or new infrastructure into an IP path with power. NVT Phybridge enterprise-grade switches are proven to help customers save money, eliminate risk and disruption, and create a robust and highly secure network platform; eliminating infrastructure barriers that keep customers stuck on TDM. This is especially important for large enterprises like hospitals, universities, government installations, hotels and others looking to accelerate their digital transformation with new unified communications solutions that would have previously required them to rip and replace existing network and telephony cabling. Now organizations can transform their existing and proven voice infrastructure into an IP backbone without the disruption or the increased costs.

 

“Avaya is making it easier for organizations and large enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives with advanced unified communications and collaborations solutions while keeping their existing telephony and networking infrastructure,” said Hardy Meyers, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Avaya.  “We’ve had great success with customers in leveraging NVT Phybridge to underpin our UC implementations in legacy environments. By incorporating their plug-and-play solutions into the portfolio Avaya offers directly to the market, we can provide our compelling, cost-effective UC offer to a wider range of enterprises globally.”

 

Avaya customer Nick Kwiatkowski, Unified Communications Manager at Michigan State University said, “The combination of the NVT Phybridge PoLRE® switch solution and our Avaya UC solutions has helped to enable an affordable, and a non-disruptive modernization path to IP. Being able to upgrade our infrastructure without disruption while experiencing the simplicity, stability, and ease of deployment has allowed us to deliver the latest Avaya technology and features to our users. We have been able to simplify network requirements to accelerate our digital transformation. Both companies made it easy for us to seamlessly upgrade our solutions in a timely manner while helping us avoid costly and disruptive infrastructure upgrades.”

 

About Avaya

Businesses are built on the experiences they provide, and every day millions of those experiences are built by Avaya (NYSE: AVYA). For over one hundred years, we’ve enabled organizations around the globe to win – by creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees. Avaya builds open, converged and innovative solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration – in the cloud, on-premise, or a hybrid of both. To grow your business, we’re committed to innovation, partnership, and a relentless focus on what’s next. We’re the technology company you trust to help you deliver Experiences that Matter. Visit us at www.avaya.com.

 

About NVT Phybridge

NVT Phybridge is a global leader in Power over Long Reach Ethernet (PoLRE) solutions, using Modern LAN Principles and SmartPathPoE technology to make IP connections simple, secure, and cost-effective. The award-winning CHARIoT series of enterprise-grade switches help customers simplify digital transformation and modernize to an IP-based network; leveraging existing or new infrastructure to create a robust IP path with power. NVT Phybridge is a North American-based technology company with global reach dedicated to practical innovation. Our number one priority is bringing innovative and affordable solutions to the market that are technologically advanced as well as practical for the customer; maximizing the return on investment of any IoT modernization project.

 

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Liverpool was founded over 150 years ago by Jean Baptiste Ebrard who imported clothing from Europe to sell in Downtown Mexico City. Today, the high-end retailer is the largest department store chain in Mexico with more than 100 locations. The organization is committed to leading the industry in service, selection, and value.

Liverpool also owns and operates 23 shopping malls throughout the country; including Galerías Insurgentes, a 10,000m2 shopping center in Mexico City. The mall was constructed and opened in 1992 and was still relying on an analog surveillance system. To continue providing the best service to their customers, Liverpool decided it was time to modernize the surveillance capabilities at Galerías Insurgentes.

Liverpool wanted to deploy an Axis IP surveillance system that would provide high-resolution viewing and recording capabilities throughout the shopping center. The organization was interested in leveraging the existing twisted-pair cabling that ran throughout the mall to reduce project costs and improve return on investment.

However, the organization was uncertain how to support the new Axis IP cameras exactly where they were needed, given the 330ft (100m) reach limitation of standard Ethernet switches. Liverpool was hesitant to install new IDF closets, as this would increase project costs, business disruption and deployment time. Unsatisfied with traditional network design philosophies, Liverpool searched for an alternative solution to meet their digital transformation objectives.

Modern LAN Design

The organization discovered the FLEX24 long reach Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch and engaged with an NVT Phybridge digital transformation specialist to learn more. The customer was then introduced to Modern LAN principles, which help organizations simplify and accelerate their IP modernization while creating a cyber-secure and robust IP-enabled network.

The reseller partner, DISESOL, had used NVT Phybridge innovations in the past and was confident in the solution. The award-winning FLEX24 switch, with SmartPathPoE technology, transforms any new or existing twisted-pair infrastructure into a robust and secure IP backbone for any IoT deployment. The FLEX24 switch delivers fast Ethernet and PoE++ over multi-pair UTP cable with up to 2,000ft (610m) reach capabilities; that’s six times farther than a standard PoE switch. Liverpool was impressed with the solution and decided to move forward with the IP surveillance deployment; leveraging Modern LAN Principles and the FLEX24 innovation to achieve incredible results.

Create a secure and robust local area network

Liverpool leveraged NVT Phybridge SmartPathPoE technology to establish secure, robust and point-to-point connections to each Axis IP camera; significantly reducing the need for IDF closets.

Use new long-reach PoE innovations to maximize ROI

Using the FLEX24 solution, Liverpool was able to simplify network requirements as they modernized to IP surveillance; reducing the total deployment time by three months and saving more than $50,000.

Construct physically separate networks for dedicated IP applications

As organizations continue to deploy smart devices, the data network has become increasingly complex, difficult to manage and vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. By leveraging NVT Phybridge switch innovations and Modern LAN design, Liverpool was able to maintain a physically separate network for the new Axis IP surveillance system, ensuring a cyber-secure and simple-to-manage LAN solution.

Change the Conversation; Improve the Outcome

Liverpool took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The organization was able to deploy over 50 new Axis IP cameras throughout the shopping center, including the service corridors. The security team can now monitor all activity in the shopping center from a centralized location using improved viewing and recording capabilities. By leveraging Modern LAN design and the FLEX24 solution, the customer was able to:

  • Maintain a physically separate network for the new IP surveillance system; ensuring optimal performance, cybersecurity, and reliability
  • Significantly reduce IDF closet requirements to ensure a simple-to-manage surveillance network with less complexity and day-two support issues
  • Reduce the overall deployment time by three months
  • Reduce infrastructure costs by more than $50,000

“The NVT Phybridge series of long reach PoE solutions allow for a smooth and simple transition from analog to IP, while providing significant cost savings and return on investment for the customer”

– Alfredo Carrasco, Administrative Director at DISESOL

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