To accommodate the rapid growth, AmerisourceBergen initiated a large office expansion at its Fort Mill, South Carolina facility. The cameras and phones are all Internet protocol (IP) enabled and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capable.
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 approaches 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.
AmerisourceBergen is a global value-added provider of pharmaceutical products and supply chain services that has improved the delivery of products and access to care.
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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