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NVT Phybridge Case Study: Colombian Army

Colombian Army Deploys IP Surveillance System Throughout Its New Aviation Logistics Center

In early 2017, the Colombian Army finished construction on its state-of-the-art Army Aviation Logistics Center (Spanish acronym, CLAVE). Designed and built by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, CLAVE is an over 9,000 square meter facility designed to provide support for the transportation, storage, distribution, and security of the Colombian Army’s aeronautical equipment. To comply with international standards for aeronautical logistical activities, the Colombian Government needed to implement a high-level security system. The facility required an IP surveillance system of over 100 cameras to monitor the entire facility and its surroundings.

Challenge

The Colombian Army had previously installed a Coax-based infrastructure to support an IP security system. However, the agency struggled to extend Power over Ethernet (PoE) to support the new IP cameras in all areas of the building. The 328ft (100m) reach limitation of standard PoE switches meant that they would need to install multiple IDF closets, which would be extremely costly and increase network complexity. CLAVE was unsatisfied with the traditional approach to network design, turning to project partners to help find an innovative solution.

Solution

Given the customer’s infrastructure challenges, Colombian distributor SAC was confident in recommending the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 EoC (Ethernet over Coax) managed switch. The award-winning CLEER24 enterprise-grade switch provides Ethernet and PoE+ over Coax with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach – 18 times farther than standard PoE switches.

In just a few simple setup steps, the CLEER24 transformed the Coax cabling into the power-packed IP platform needed to support the new IP cameras while eliminating the need to install costly IDF closets. “In our case where distance limitations were a critical issue, NVT Phybridge made all the difference when other solutions on the market could not,” said Paula Rosana Murillo, Business Development Coordinator at SAC. “Not only did the NVT Phybridge solution take the signal and transmit it through the Coax wiring to extremely far distances, but it also provided power to the IP cameras.”

Result

The Colombian Army was able to quickly and easily deploy over 100 IP cameras throughout the entire facility with virtually no disruption to operations. For the integrator, this was a professionally enriching experience. “NVT Phybridge, through its Colombian distributor SAC, facilitated access to technical training and support to ensure the proper usage of these products. This allowed the integrator to have greater confidence in the implementation of the technology,” commented Oscar Triviño, Project Manager in charge of the CLAVE facility construction. “The NVT Phybridge CLEER24 solution generated savings of more than $56,000 USD in wiring, electrical infrastructure, and manpower while connecting all cameras to the power source in the most effective way possible.”

The Colombian Government used the CLEER24 switch to implement Modern LAN principles and fast-track the modernization to IP while eliminating risk and creating a robust IP platform. The solution removed all infrastructure barriers, service outages, security risks, network complexities, and wasted budgets. “The NVT Phybridge solution provides exceptional video quality. The Colombian Army is now able to take full advantage of its high-quality, state-of-the-art IP cameras and is incredibly satisfied with the project’s results.”

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Megaplaza Jaén Ensures Physical and Cyber Security While Modernizing to IP Cameras

Megaplaza Jaén is one of the largest shopping centers in Peru and offers a wide range of services, including restaurants, movie theatres, banks, car dealerships, and retail outlets. The shopping center had already been built and open for a year, but still required a robust and reliable video surveillance system. The immense size of the three-story shopping center presented critical challenges in the implementation of an IP-based security system. The distances required to connect the cameras in areas inside and outside the shopping center were well beyond the 328ft (100m) reach limitations of standard Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches. Megaplaza Jaén had a robust coax wiring infrastructure throughout the entire facility that the owners were confident in leveraging to support the new surveillance system.

The surveillance solution needed to cover all areas both inside the mall and the outside perimeter. Specific challenges had prevented the customer from deploying IP cameras, which included:

  • Long reach requirements prohibiting the installation of cameras on the perimeter of the building
  • Loss of revenue caused by business disruption
  • The need for costly IDF closets that would occupy rentable floor space

Solution

Due to the organization’s digital transformation challenges and objectives, the reseller partner, Telvicom S.A., introduced the customer to technology innovator NVT Phybridge. Telvicom S.A. had used NVT Phybridge products in past installations and was confident in the solution. Based on an analysis of the customer’s environment, NVT Phybridge recommended Modern LAN design and the award-winning CLEER24 solution. The CLEER24 (Ethernet over Coax) switch, with SmartPathPoE technology, provides Ethernet and PoE+ over any new or existing Coax infrastructure with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach; 18 times farther than standard PoE switches. Megaplaza Jaén was interested in the solution and organized a no-obligation proof-of-concept to test the technology on-site.

In just 3 simple setup steps, the CLEER24 switch transformed the shopping center’s existing Coax infrastructure into a robust and secure IP platform to support the new IP cameras. By repurposing the existing point-to-point Coax infrastructure, the customer was able to centralize all switches in a single location to simplify management and optimize port utilization. “For us as integrators, the less equipment a system has – the easier it is to detect an error. This was optimized with the NVT Phybridge solution,” said José Luis Rojas, spokesperson for the installation company.

Megaplaza Jaén can now transmit high-quality live video feeds to a centralized monitoring location. The long reach PoE capabilities ensured that cameras could be placed throughout the entire building to ensure the safety of individuals in all locations, including parking lots and loading areas.

“I was amazed at the solution’s ability to facilitate the transmission of video and power at extremely long distances, all while maintaining exceptional image quality”

 – José Luis Rojas

Result

Megaplaza Jaén was completely satisfied with the security modernization. The new IP surveillance solution provides long-distance transmission of high-quality images and centralized monitoring of the entire system. By leveraging Modern LAN design and the NVT Phybridge CLEER24 solution, the customer was able to:

  • Reduce network complexity and IDF closet requirements by 90%
  • Allocate infrastructure cost savings to ROI-driving IP devices and applications
  • Decrease the overall deployment time by 50%; significantly minimizing disruption to business
  • Increase staff and visitor safety with additional surveillance covering the perimeter of the shopping center

Improved Cyber Security

As more and more organizations modernize to IP and the Internet of Things, cybersecurity has become a top concern. In the connected world of the Internet of Things, each “thing” on the network represents a potential entry point for unauthorized access.

Using Modern LAN design and the CLEER24 switch, Megaplaza Jaén established a physically separate point-to-point network topology for its new IP surveillance system. The organization can safely consolidate the security network with the core business network, if desired, using a single wire. Additionally, the reduction of IDF closet requirements means fewer server rooms to keep secure.

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