Passive Optical LAN Offers the Convergence Necessary to Power Smart Buildings

Passive Optical LAN Offers the Convergence Necessary to Power Smart Buildings

With the current boom in mobility, Internet of Things (IoT) and big data, businesses need smart solutions in developing Smart Buildings. To solve that tricky puzzle, converging services through enterprise-based Passive Optical Local Area Networks (POL) is essential.

In the past, enterprises across the spectrum, including retail stores, offices, hospitals, university campuses, airports, medical research facilities and hotels, relied on traditional copper-based network architecture to power their facilities. This took up tremendous space and energy, was both a financial and time drain, and lacked the ability to cover large distances.

What so many organizations are now learning is that POL provides a modern network backbone that delivers greater bandwidth as well as availability, which keeps businesses going even at their busiest times.

By converging all services across a single fiber-based infrastructure, POL eliminates the need for multiple platforms while providing highly scalable, high-speed data services to all users. This includes voice, video, data and video-conferencing services, as well as wireless access and monitoring functions, such as building automation systems, security cameras and building automation.

All this is essential for Smart Buildings that, by utilizing POL, can deliver the following:

  • Voice, video, data, and all possible IoT connectivity are all handled with either Gigabit Passive Optical Networking (G-PON) or 10 Gigabit Passive Optical Networking (XGS-PON).
  • The distance to end-users is expanded to up 20 kilometers or more compared to 300 feet with copper.
  • By transmitting and receiving on a single cable simultaneously, less square footage is required to manage networks. This means greater space saving that allows enterprises to use previously needed areas for purposes other than IT.
  • With fewer HVAC prerequisites and limited active equipment required, less energy is needed compared to legacy options, which both saves money and provides green benefits.
  • Streamlining all network needs into a single backbone delivers network simplicity and creates time-saving opportunities for IT teams.
  • All this can be done with lower capital costs. Converging into a single network results in fewer equipment specifications and, as fiber optic cabling lasts more than a decade before needed upgrading (compared to 5-7 years for copper cabling), less long-term cost.

For more information on POL and how it can make Smart Buildings smarter, please click here.

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