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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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By Melanie Turek, Vice President of Research, Connected Work, Frost & Sullivan

Ask most network architects about the local area networks they manage, and they will likely regale you with a clear list of their preferred networking vendors and products for each of their environments. One thing that rarely comes up: the exceptions that lurk within every corporate LAN.

Exceptions are the one-offs, such as that IP phone on the loading dock that is just a little too far away from the nearest wiring closet to connect via standard Ethernet, or using dongles and an existing coaxial cable to plug a security camera into the network. All but the most generic of local area networks contain these dirty little secrets; the network administrators and architects I’ve spoken to will admit to them only grudgingly, with a wink and a nod.

The challenge, however, is that with the convergence of technologies on the LAN—including not only communications and security devices, but a whole fleet of IoT sensors and endpoints—the risks posed by seemingly benign one-off exceptions are all too real. That casual wink and nod could easily turn into a look of dread as more and more networked devices require non-standard equipment to work as desired—and blow up any semblance of network optimization, performance and security in the process. What’s more, administrators could find themselves dealing with scores of unique fixes, without relying on the rigorous processes that are foundational to any successful IT operation.

Helping companies deal with such exceptions is just one of several challenges Frost & Sullivan’s analyst team aimed to mitigate as we developed a new set of best practices for local area networks, which we are calling the “Modern LAN.” The solution: When it comes to dealing with exceptions, it is time to stop treating them as exceptions.

As non-traditional devices become the norm, network architects simply must come to terms with the fact that solutions such as Long-Reach Power over Ethernet (LRPoE) switches must be included as part of the approved network architecture, even if that means deploying new network design techniques and technologies. It also means being open to the possibility of including new suppliers and certifying new products as part of corporate-approved solutions. Incorporating and supporting a wider array of compatible network infrastructure gear gives both architects and the administrators in the field a fresh set of tools to deploy networks reflective of the devices that are making their way into corporate offices, shop floors and remote sites.

“Dealing with Exceptions” is just one of several design best practices incorporated in the Modern LAN. To learn more, read the whitepaper “The Modern LAN: Rethinking Network Design for the Modern Age”, available at www.themodernlan.org

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Massive Surveillance Upgrade for Government Agency Aimed at Generating Benefits Beyond Security

A Government Agency was relying on an outdated analog surveillance system and wanted to modernize to a comprehensive IP solution. The massive surveillance upgrade would take place across 360 customs offices and border crossing locations, with the objective of increasing their ability to identify risks and reducing response time to threats. The Agency was also looking to improve efficiency by automating most of the processing of imports and exports coming in and out of the country, with the objective of increasing economic growth and foreign trade.

However, planning an upgrade of this immense scale presented critical obstacles. The Agency determined that over 8,000 existing analog devices needed to be modernized to Hanwha IP cameras. The first system integrator (SI) proposed a traditional approach which would have involved ripping-and-replacing the existing Coax-based infrastructure, along with installing hundreds of new IDF closets to accommodate the long-reach requirements. The customer was unsatisfied with this solution as they were extremely concerned with:

  • The high costs to rip-and-replace the entire security network.
  • Installing new IDF closets to overcome the 330ft (100m) reach limitation of standard PoE switches.
  • The estimated time of 4 years to deploy the new surveillance system across the 360 locations.
  • Loss of revenue and safety concerns caused by disruption to government import and export operations on a massive scale across the country.

Given the massive size of the project, the SI was concerned with:

  • Complex sales cycles, given the complexity around network requirements.
  • The potential for cost overruns and revenue delay.
  • Poor customer satisfaction, given network not being properly established.
  • Risk of depending on a third party to establish and maintain the network that would support the new surveillance system.

Change the Conversation; Improve the Outcome

Unsatisfied with the proposed upgrade plan, the Government Agency turned to another SI to help find a better solution. The SI searched for a better approach and discovered the Modern LAN design principles, recognizing the opportunity to change the conversation by introducing new innovation and Power over Ethernet technology. The customer was immediately impressed with the innovative approach but was skeptical that the methodology would work in their environment.

To prove the Modern LAN solution, the SI introduced the customer to NVT Phybridge’s Modern LAN enabling technology. Due to the success of past installations, the SI recommended the NVT Phybridge Ethernet over Coax (EoC) solution. The customer engaged in a no-obligation proof of concept to test the solution in their environment. After a few simple setup steps, the CLEER24 (Coax-Leveraged Ethernet Extended Reach) managed switch, with SmartPathPoE technology, transformed the existing and reliable Coax infrastructure into a power-packed IP/PoE backbone, capable of supporting the new Hanwha IP cameras with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach – 18Xs farther than standard Ethernet switches. Given the Agency’s existing point-to-point topology of the coax-based infrastructure in every location, the SI was able to apply a repeatable, predictable and scalable deployment methodology in all 360 locations; eliminating risk and fast-tracking the IP modernization for the Agency.

The Modern LAN solution allowed the Agency to transform their existing and reliable Coax-based infrastructure into a power-packed IP platform; completely eliminating the need to rip-and-replace the existing infrastructure. The Agency was confident that the Modern LAN approach would ensure they achieve a simple, secure and cost-effective upgrade to IP surveillance. The customer was completely satisfied as they leveraged Modern LAN principles 2, 3 and 4 to achieve incredible results.

Principle #2: Create a secure and robust local area network – The Agency established a secure and robust Power over Ethernet backbone for their new IP surveillance system by leveraging the existing and reliable Coax-based infrastructure. The CLEER24’s SmartPathPoE technology allowed the customer to maintain a physically separate and cyber-secure point-to-point IP network for surveillance, ensuring zero disruption and risk to the core network.

Principle #3: Use new long-reach PoE innovations to maximize ROI – by leveraging the existing surveillance infrastructure, the SI helped the customer reduce infrastructure costs by over $3 million and accelerate the deployment time by 80%.

Principle #4: Modernize to IP using environmentally responsible framework – by avoiding the traditional rip-and-replace upgrade model, the Government Agency prevented over 60 tons of e-waste from their digital transformation. The Agency also avoided installing a single IDF closet thanks to CLEER24’s long reach capabilities; greatly reducing the organization’s ongoing energy consumption. The Government Agency has received the highest rating, 5-stars, for their exceptional transformation.

The customer’s new IP surveillance system, now consisting of over 8,000 new Hanwha IP cameras, delivers high-resolution viewing and recording capabilities; providing officials with better recognition and identification of potential safety threats at over 360 key customs and border crossing locations. The Agency was also able to leverage new business intelligence and technology to implement a new automated customs process. The integration of QR readers within the import and export locations has allowed the Agency to:

  • Reduce the average time spent by an individual at a border crossing location by 50%.
  • Reduce the amount of paperwork required during the import/export process.
  • Eliminate personnel interaction; further increasing safety and labor cost savings.

A Better Outcome for the Reseller and the Customer

The SI took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their customer’s IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner; creating better outcomes for them and their customer. By changing the conversation and applying Modern LAN principles, the Agency achieved incredible results.

Government Agency Reseller Partner
Reduced infrastructure costs by over $3 million Used Modern LAN innovation to differentiate themselves from the competition
Accelerated IP deployment by over 80% Accelerated over $4.5 million in revenue recognition by 80%
Increased ROI by allocating more budget to IP endpoints and applications Increased brand value and customer satisfaction by delivering real results
Established a robust and secure PoE platform that is simple to manage, eliminating risk, disruption, complexity and cybersecurity concerns Ensured a great user experience with minimal day-two network concerns

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NVT Phybridge Case Study

Massive Surveillance Upgrade for Government Agency Aimed at Generating Benefits Beyond Security

A Government Agency was relying on an outdated analog surveillance system and wanted to modernize to a comprehensive IP solution. The massive surveillance upgrade would take place across 360 customs offices and border crossing locations, with the objective of increasing their ability to identify risks and reducing response time to threats. The Agency was also looking to improve efficiency by automating most of the processing of imports and exports coming in and out of the country, with the objective of increasing economic growth and foreign trade.

The Government Agency determined that over 8,000 existing analog cameras needed to be modernized to IP but was uncertain how to proceed. The immense scale of the project presented critical challenges:

  • High costs associated with ripping and replacing the existing Coax infrastructure, as well as the physical space required to install new IDF closets to support IP cameras in all areas of the facilities.
  • The estimated time of 4 years to deploy the new surveillance system across the 360 locations.
  • Loss of revenue and safety concerns caused by disruption to government import and export operations on a massive scale across the country.

Industry-Leading PoE Solutions

Unsatisfied with the traditional approach to network design, the Government Agency delayed the project while they searched for an alternative. A new system integrator was hired to help overcome their barriers. The SI introduced the Agency to Frost & Sullivan’s Modern LAN principles and discussed how this new network design methodology addressed many of the challenges they were facing. The Agency immediately recognized the potential but was skeptical that it would work in their environment.

The SI introduced the Government Agency to NVT Phybridge’s Modern LAN enabling technology to prove the solution. NVT Phybridge recommended the Ethernet over Coax (EoC) solution and arranged a free no-obligation proof of concept to prove Modern LAN design and the technology in the Agency’s live environment. After a few simple setup steps, the CLEER24 (Coax-Leveraged Ethernet Extended Reach) managed switch transformed the existing and reliable Coax infrastructure into a power-packed IP/PoE backbone, capable of supporting the new IP cameras with up to 6,000ft (1,830m) reach – 18Xs farther than standard Ethernet switches. The CLEER24’s repeatable, predictable, and scalable deployment methodology would ensure that upgrading the 360 sites would be simple and fast.

The Government Agency was impressed with the solution and was confident that Modern LAN design would allow them to achieve a simple, secure, and cost-effective upgrade to IP surveillance. The customer was completely satisfied as they leveraged Modern LAN principles to achieve incredible results.

Create a secure and robust local area network

The Agency established a secure and robust Power over Ethernet backbone for its new IP surveillance system by leveraging its existing and reliable Coax-based infrastructure. The CLEER24 switch allowed the customer to maintain a physically separate and cyber-secure point-to-point IP network for surveillance, ensuring zero disruption and risk to the core network.

Use new long-reach PoE innovations to maximize ROI

by leveraging the existing surveillance infrastructure and avoiding an extensive infrastructure overhaul, the Agency reduced its infrastructure costs by over $3 million and accelerated the deployment time by 80%.

Modernize to IP using an environmentally responsible framework

by avoiding the traditional rip-and-replace upgrade model, the Agency prevented over 60 tons of e-waste from their digital transformation. The Agency also avoided installing a single IDF closet thanks to CLEER24’s long reach capabilities; reducing the organization’s ongoing energy consumption. The framework measures organizations that modernize to the Internet of Things with an environmentally responsible process. The Government Agency has received the highest rating, 5-stars, for its exceptional transformation.

The Agency’s new IP surveillance system, now consisting of over 8,000 new IP cameras, delivers high-resolution viewing and recording capabilities; providing officials with better recognition and identification of potential safety threats at over 360 key customs and border crossing locations. The Agency was also able to leverage new business intelligence and technology to implement a new automated customs process. The integration of QR readers within the import and export locations has allowed the Agency to:

  • Reduce the average time spent by an individual at a border crossing location by 50%.
  • Reduce the amount of paperwork required during the import/export process.
  • Eliminate personnel interaction; further increasing safety and labor cost savings.

A Better Return on Investment

The Government Agency took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support its modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. By applying Modern LAN principles and innovative PoE technology, the Agency achieved incredible results.

  • Reduced infrastructure costs by over $3 million, reallocating the savings to more IP applications to improve the project’s ROI.
  • Eliminated risk and disruption of import and export operations.
  • Reduced the project’s impact on the environment; avoiding over 60 tons of e-waste.
  • Accelerated the deployment by 80%.
  • Built a cyber-secure and robust PoE platform for their enhanced IP surveillance system.

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NVT Phybridge Case Study: Cruise Line

Save the Waves®

Save the Waves is the philosophy by which the cruise line operates as it corresponds to environmental stewardship. Starting as a company-wide recycling program, Save the Waves has become a holistic approach to environmental responsibility guided by four key principles: reduce/reuse/recycle wherever possible, pollution prevention, go above and beyond compliance, and continuous improvement through innovation. As a global leader in the hospitality industry, the cruise line recognizes the tremendous responsibility they have to the communities they visit and the oceans they sail in, which are at the very essence of their business. When it came time to modernize their fleet to IP phones to provide a better guest experience, environmental impact was top of mind.

Aligning with the Four Key Principles

The cruise line is continuously innovating and retrofitting their ships to operate more efficiently and with less impact on the environment. However, the customer was concerned with the high costs, long deployment times, business disruption, and potential e-waste associated with traditional network design methodologies.

Unsatisfied with the traditional approach, the customer discovered Frost & Sullivan’s new Modern LAN design principles and the PoLRE® long-reach PoE innovation. By leveraging Modern LAN principle #4, a project plan was designed to minimize the impact on the environment.

  • The cruise line was able to 100% reuse the existing infrastructure, preventing over 15 tons of e-waste while upgrading two luxury liners to IP communication. Leveraging the existing cables also saved ongoing fuel consumption with every trip, as the proposed replacement wiring was approximately 3Xs the weight
  • By using new long reach Power over Ethernet innovations, the customer eliminated the need to install new server closets, which will reduce ongoing fuel consumption with every trip
  • Over 6,000 legacy phones were modernized to IP across two cruise ships. These smart devices have energy-saving capabilities that will reduce the customer’s carbon footprint even further
  • The simplified solution allowed the customer to deploy over 3,000 new IP phones in each ship during the originally scheduled one-month dry dock period, an accomplishment that the customer never thought was possible.

A Better Return on Investment

The cruise line took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. By applying Modern LAN principles and leveraging innovative switch technology, the customer:

  • Reduced infrastructure costs by over $3 million
  • Eliminated risk and disruption
  • Reduced the project’s impact on the environment; preventing over 15 tons of e-waste
  • Deployed over 3,000 new IP phones in each of the two ships within the originally scheduled one-month dry dock period
  • Built a secure and robust PoE platform for their enhanced IP communication solution

“The new communication system was deployed within the 1-month period that each ship was in dry-dock, an accomplishment that the customer never thought was possible”, says Julian Kennedy, Vertical Lead for the Cruise Industry at NVT Phybridge. “Our CHARIoT series of solutions enable cruise lines to modernize their communication, entertainment and security systems on existing infrastructure while saving time, money, energy and weight”.

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Congratulations to Cisco’s Rob Collins for using SmartPathPoE technology to help a major cruise line modernize to IP telephony on many of their ships. Rob recommended the enterprise-grade PoLRE® managed switch, which allowed the customer to leverage their existing and proven voice infrastructure to deploy their new Cisco IP solution. Thanks to his commitment to innovation and problem-solving, Rob was able to help the customer:

  • Reduce infrastructure costs by over $3 million
  • Eliminate risk and disruption
  • Reduce the project’s impact on the environment by preventing over 15 tons of e-waste
  • Deploy over 3,000 new IP phones in each of the two ships within the originally scheduled one-month dry dock period
  • Build a secure and robust PoE platform for the enhanced Cisco IP communications solution

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Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) transceivers are compatible with the Small Form Factor Pluggable Multi-Sourcing Agreement (MSA). They simultaneously comply with 1.25Gb/s 1000Base-SX Ethernet and 1.063Gb/s Fiber Channel. They are RoHS compliant and lead-free.

Comparison Table

NV-GLC-LH-SMD NV-GLC-EX-SMD NV-GLC-SX-MMD
Protocol 1000Base-LX/LH 1000Base-EX 1000Base-SX
Speed 1.25 GB/s 1.25 GB/s 1.25 GB/s
Wavelength 1310nm 1310nm 850nm
Fiber Mode Single Mode Fiber Single Mode Fiber Multi Mode Fiber
Range 20 km SMF 40km SMF 550m MMF
Temperature Range 0° to 70°C 0° to 70°C 0° to 70°C
Fiber Connector Type Dual LC Dual LC Dual LC
Datasheet Datasheet Datasheet

 

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NVT Phybridge is now offering a Rack Mount Kit for up to 8 CHARIoT Extenders (NV-ECLK-BSE and NV-FLXLK-BSE)

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By Dilip Srangan, Frost & Sullivan Global Research Director, Internet of Things (IoT) & Digital Transformation

Here at Frost & Sullivan, my colleagues and I have been looking at the conventional wisdom associated with building and supporting local area networks, and we came away with a serious question: Is the current way to do things actually the best way to support the Internet of Things (IoT)? The answer, it seems, is no.

The IoT has a significant impact on business networks, and all of the related requirements—including power, bandwidth and even where devices are deployed—are unique from anything else on the network. As a result, the way most network architects have grown up thinking about the LAN doesn’t work anymore. It’s clear that the industry needs a modern approach to network design. Modern LAN principles, developed by Frost & Sullivan, seek to develop a new set of best practices around local network design.

The first principle guiding Modern LAN design is one that particularly speaks to the challenge of incorporating IoT into a local area network: Adopt an outside-in approach to local area network design and planning. Before new endpoints are deployed, network managers must identify the power, bandwidth and application requirements of each unique physical device, in order to determine the best topology and infrastructure to support it.

Most network designs focus on the core network and move out to the devices that run on it. That delivers a homogeneous network, but it ignores the needs of the devices themselves—and the business benefits that said devices provide. If they take this approach as they embrace the IoT, businesses will likely pay for network bandwidth they don’t need, create a power over Ethernet (PoE) distribution nightmare and rack up a very large cabling bill.

The outside-in approach turns the design on its head, focusing on the devices at the end of the network matching them with the most appropriate network switches and power distribution infrastructure. With the outside-in principle applied, the network is more efficient and optimized for all the devices that connect to it. That, in turn, ensures better performance, thereby delivering the benefits and ROI promised by digital transformation and the IoT. Businesses can even save a few bucks by using existing and still useful wiring.

Outside-in is just one of several design best practices incorporated in the Modern LAN. To learn more, read the whitepaper “The Modern LAN: Rethinking Network Design for the Modern Age”.

Thank you, Dilip for your expert insight into Modern LAN design. Keep it locked on the NVT Phybridge news page for more industry analysis into the Modern LAN principles.

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