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Congratulations to Cisco’s Frank Gallo for using SmartPathPoE technology to help a large educational institution modernize to IP telephony. Frank recommended the enterprise-grade PoLRE®managed switch, which allowed the customer to leverage their existing and proven voice infrastructure to deploy over 1,000 Cisco IP phones. Thanks to Frank’s commitment to innovation and problem-solving, the customer experienced a 3-year acceleration in deployment time and cost savings well over $100,000!

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Congratulations to Cisco‘s Ken Coy for using SmartPathPoE technology to help a space research organization modernize to IP telephony. The customer wanted to upgrade to Cisco IP phones, however strict company policies prevented any kind of disruption to their operations. Thanks to Ken’s commitment to innovation and problem-solving, he was able to provide the customer with a solution that eliminated any operational disruption. Ken recommended the enterprise-grade PoLRE® managed switch, which allowed the customer to leverage their existing and proven voice infrastructure to deploy over 1,500 Cisco IP phones.

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New Mexico State University (NMSU) has been serving the educational needs of their multi-cultural population since 1888. The land-grant university excels in teaching, research and public service, preparing students for careers in agriculture, the sciences, business, education, engineering, the arts, and social services. As part of their commitment to excellence in education, the university decided to modernize their communications platform.

NMSU’s existing analog communication system was approaching end-of-life. The university wanted a refresh and was looking to take advantage of IP phones and applications to increase efficiency. However, operating in around 100 buildings spread across a 900-acre campus significantly complicated the project. High cost, business disruption, and length of deployment time were major concerns, as the university first needed to upgrade their infrastructure to support the communications system.

Environmental Stewardship

With a large focus on agricultural studies, NMSU understands the vital importance of preserving Earth’s precious and limited resources, as well as reducing pollution and waste. By leveraging new Modern LAN design principles, NMSU was able to develop a plan to responsibly modernize to IP. The system integrator introduced the customer to the Modern LAN enabling PoLRE® (Power over Long-Reach Ethernet) switch innovation, capable of transmitting data and power over new or existing voice infrastructure up to 1,200ft (365m) – that’s 4 times farther than standard Ethernet switches! The Modern LAN solution allowed the customer to:

  • Eliminate the need to rip/replace/rebuild the existing and reliable infrastructure, greatly reducing material consumption and preventing approximately 21 tons of cables from entering a landfill
  • Use the existing wiring closets, as opposed to equipping 100+ new closets with backup power and cooling, further reducing material and ongoing energy consumption
  • Reduce the deployment time by 90%, minimizing the disruptions and frustrations to students and faculty. This also reduced the amount of travel during the implementation phase, greatly reducing harmful emissions

New Mexico State University was awarded the highest rating, 5 stars, for their environmentally responsible modernization to IP telephony.

Creating a Secure Network

As companies modernize to the Internet of Things, each additional IP endpoint connected to the network represents a potential access point for malicious activity. In DartTrace’s 2017 Global Threat Report, it was determined that hackers gained unauthorized access to critical company data through various IoT endpoints, including thermometers, smart artboards, and server closets.

Modern LAN principles provide a fundamentally new approach to network design. For New Mexico State University, leveraging the existing and reliable point-to-point network topology created a physically separate but functionally integrated network path for the new IP phones, ensuring the security of the core business network. “[The solution] allowed us to leverage the centralized location and backup capabilities and create a robust IP backbone for our new IP phones,” says Ray Cadena, NMSU’s Manager of Telecommunication Systems.

A Better Return on Investment

By leveraging PoLRE innovation and applying Modern LAN principles, NMSU was able to significantly accelerate their return on investment. The University decreased deployment time by over 3 years and saved over $1 million in infrastructure costs, reallocating more budget to ROI driving applications.

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Julian Kennedy, NVT Phybridge Vertical Lead, discusses the Modern LAN and how it addresses the paradigm shift in network design for IoT in the modern age.

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A large transportation system needed to modernize its security system to keep up with modern demands while providing safe and reliable transit. Public transportation is the foundation for building strong, connected communities, and everyone should feel safe traveling to work, school, or their weekend event.

The organization was relying on an outdated analog CCTV security system and decided to modernize to an IP-based solution across its bus terminals and parking lots. To ensure the safety of the 340,000 daily riders, the organization upgraded 110 analog devices to new high-resolution IP cameras. The new security system will deter criminal activity, as well as increase surveillance and recording capabilities.

Respect for Riders and Taxpayers

A project of this magnitude would usually take years to complete, as the traditional upgrade method involves ripping-and-replacing the network infrastructure to support IP devices. This process would have been extremely costly and disruptive to riders. However, by applying Modern LAN design principles, the organization designed an upgrade plan that would eliminate these concerns.

Using the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 switch, the organization leveraged its existing Coax-based infrastructure to transmit data and power to the IP cameras. The solution eliminated the need to rip-and-replace miles of cabling, reducing deployment time by 90% and saving over $15,000 of taxpayer funds. The CLEER24’s long reach capabilities allowed the customer to connect cameras up to 6,000ft (1,830m) away, providing complete surveillance coverage in the vast open spaces of the bus terminals and parking lots.

Environmental Responsibility

The transportation system is committed to environmental responsibility and continuous improvement. The SmartDriver program provides training to all operators, which is proven to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. The training also teaches operators how to reduce wear and tear on vehicle components, extending their life span and reducing material consumption. When the decision was made to modernize the security system, the organization was concerned about the project’s environmental impact.

Aligned with the organization’s sustainability programs, the security modernization prevented 6,600 pounds of Coax cable from ending up in a landfill. The transportation system also eliminated the need to upgrade the existing server closets, further reducing the project’s e-waste and ongoing energy consumption.

Satisfied with the solution, the transportation system plans to use NVT Phybridge FLEX switch technology to implement a new IP intercom system.

Modern LAN Design

The transportation system took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support its digital transformation objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. By applying Modern LAN principles and leveraging innovative switch technology, the organization saved taxpayer money, eliminated risk and disruption, reduced the negative impact on the environment, fast tracked the IP modernization, and built a secure and robust platform for the new IP security solution.

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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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