CommScope's PFCS Solution: Enhancing Safety and Reducing Costs at AmerisourceBergen's Parking Facility
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Hybrid Cloud
- Networks & Connectivity - Ethernet
- Electrical Grids
- Equipment & Machinery
- Facility Management
- Logistics & Transportation
- Onsite Human Safety Management
- Smart Parking
- System Integration
To accommodate the rapid growth, AmerisourceBergen initiated a large office expansion at its Fort Mill, South Carolina facility. The expansion included a new parking garage that required deployment of 23 security cameras and 15 “code blue” emergency phones to enhance the safety of parking garage users. The initial plans called for the inclusion of four intermediate distribution frame (IDF) telecom rooms in the parking garage to support the connectivity requirements for the PoE devices. However, the four-IDF approach presented a financial and logistical challenge since each IDF would require network equipment, power, HVAC and an uninterruptible power supply, while also consuming valuable space in the parking garage.
About The Customer
AmerisourceBergen is a global value-added provider of pharmaceutical products and supply chain services. With $167 billion in annual revenue, AmerisourceBergen is ranked number 10 on the Fortune 500 in 2019. The company has more than 150 locations in over 50 countries and approximately 21,000 employees.
CommScope presented the powered fiber cable system (PFCS) as a potential alternative to support the security deployment without the need for additional IDFs. The PFCS includes a PoE extender and a hybrid copper/fiber cable. Communication and power are delivered to the PoE extender via the hybrid cable. The PoE extender connects to the end point device with a standard 8P8C patch cord. The solution uses safety extra-low voltage (SELV) and National Electrical Code (NEC) Class 2 cables with three stages of electrical protection for personnel and equipment safety. The entire system is built to operate reliably in an outdoor setting.
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