When you take a walk in the woods, do you feel a connection with nature?
Does your mind take in the scenery – trees, plants, animals. During a stroll
like this, being connected to the outside world might not be a priority unless you
get lost or have an unfortunate wildlife mishap. However, your expectations
drastically change if you step outside the office for some fresh air or visit a
corporate or college campus, we rely on the campus network for productivity,
safety and security. But when we step outside for a breath of fresh or just to
take a break, we might need to carry a laptop or tablet to quickly respond to urgent
requests. When outside the campus buildings, we also rely on the network for smart
lighting and security cameras to keep us safe.
CLICK TO TWEET: When designing a campus network, CommScope's Jennifer Duits explains why you should consider a powered fiber cabling system.
the sensors in a parking ramp to the Wi-Fi, we rely on these connections. And
though they may serve different functions, they have two things in common: they
require a consistent network connection and power.
two needs can be satisfied with one element, fiber. There is the traditional
fiber backbone which runs throughout the campus. The other type is one that
isn’t always thought about when designing a campus network--powered fiber.
Powered fiber has many
applications. If you have a device like a Wi-Fi hotspot or a security camera
which needs both a power source and access to the network, both can be run over
the same cable. This eliminates the need for a separate power cable that needs
to be run and decreases the device’s installation time. Now imagine if that Wi-Fi
device or security camera is located at a remote spot on campus where local
power is not available. Powered fiber can be installed without a conversation
with the local power company or the need for an electrical contractor. This
reduces the cost and time to install service in remote locations.
benefit to powered fiber is that is can be set up with a back-up battery or an
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). This can be an additional security feature
in outdoor spaces during a power outage. If the power were to go out on a
corporate campus in the evening, during winter, the parking lot would be dark,
and the security cameras would not be functioning. Powered fiber on a UPS could
provide employees leaving work the security the need.
are many applications for powered fiber where it can add value to a new or
existing campus network.
So, if you are out
for a walk in the woods trying to think of a solution on how to add a security
camera on your campus, don’t stress about the power, think fiber.