Going for gold: Recognizing substantial levels of innovation

Gold-level awards are earned by organizations whose innovations are judged to be excellent, and whose benefits are clear. Each gold-level innovation makes a substantial improvement over previous methods employed, approaches taken, or products and systems used. 2019 Cabling Innovators Gold Awards include products and customer use cases from AFL, Belden, Chatsworth, CommScope, Corning, Credo Semiconductor, Esticom, Fluke Networks, Drybit, Jonard Tools, Legrand, Leviton, OFS, Panduit, R&M, Rosenberger, Senko, Siemon, Softing, Sumix, Sunbird, Superior Essex, and Wirewerx.

Omnitron launches 60W and 90W fiber-to-PoE media converters per 802.3bt standard

Omnitron has launched its IEEE802.3bt OmniConverter GHPoEBT/S fiber to 60 and 90 Watts PoE Power Sourcing (PSE) Media Converters product line. Utilizing the new 802.3bt standard, Omnitron’s GHPoEBT/S fiber to PoE media converter and power injector meet network demands where fiber data reach, high PoE power, and interoperability is required and expected. The OmniConverter GHPoEBT/S is an unmanaged multi-port media-converter/injector with different fiber, and 10M/100M/1G RJ45 copper port, models available. Units are available with one or two 60 and 90 Watts power ports; models also support the 802.3af (15 Watts) and 802.3at (30 Watts) PD devices. Units with two fiber ports can be daisy chained or deployed in a redundant fiber topology for critical applications.

Webinar: Preparing for the Edge? Your Telecom Room needs a Makeover

This webinar will address the unique considerations of edge deployments in nontraditional locations and how to make the most of limited floor space including: How increased demand for power is driving the need to support larger, heavier equipment with new rack designs—and the benefits of intelligent power management down to the rack level and innovative cable management and pathway strategies that can support mission-critical data carried through fiber-optic cable.

Smart Buildings Challenge | Industrial Internet Consortium

Today’s smart buildings are beginning to leverage the industrial internet for improved business outcomes, such as better energy efficiency, improved occupant experience and lower operational costs. They may contain thousands of sensors measuring various building operating parameters including temperature, humidity, occupancy, energy usage, keycard readers, parking space occupancy, fire, smoke, flood, security, elevators and air quality.

As the smart building market grows, so do the security risks

As vehicles, buildings, and in some cases, entire cities strive to become smarter and more connected, security becomes a bigger and bigger piece of the puzzle. The very applications that make people really excited about 5G, like drones delivering packages or autonomous vehicles, are the same applications that are the riskiest if they should become compromised.And in some cases, such as a hacker gaining control of smart traffic lights or compromising a smart hospital’s control system, these breaches could mean life or death, as MobileIron’s engineer Russ Mohr told RCR Wireless News earlier this week.

Choosing the right connectors for simplex and duplex optical fibers.

Fiber optic LC connectors are available in simplex and duplex options. A simplex optical fiber has a single strand of glass or plastic fiber, and is only capable of transmitting data in one direction. This makes it suitable for applications that only need this uni-directional capability, for example transmitting data from a sensor in an Internet of Things (IoT) system.A duplex optical fiber, on the other hand, consists of two strands of fiber, and can therefore transmit data in both directions. It may be ‘half duplex’, that can only send data in one direction at a time, or ‘full duplex’, that can handle simultaneous, bi-directional communications – for example, for an IP telephony application.

Singlemode or multimode glass fiber: What is the next trend?

The biggest challenge in selecting the right fiber type is to carry out a comprehensive analysis of current and future requirements. . For most data center operators, aspects such as high bandwidth, low or adjusted latencies and various aspects of power management play a decisive role in their decision. Of course, the costs for optical transceivers as well as system and installation costs must also be kept in mind. As data transfer speeds and technologies continue to evolve, structured cabling should always support network infrastructures with data rates beyond the current data rates.

Single-Pair Ethernet Consortium: Bringing Single-Pair Ethernet to Building Automation

A new Ethernet protocol has been designed to operate over a single pair of UTP/STP cable – otherwise known as single-pair Ethernet. Although, individually, these devices don’t call for much power or bandwidth, the sheer number joining our networks (75 billion or more by 2025) will increase overall bandwidth needs.To discuss advances in technology, the Single-Pair Ethernet Consortium (SPEC) was formed, bringing together organizations that make single-pair Ethernet devices, equipment and connectivity. The group’s hope is to nurture the adoption and growth of single-pair networks in a standards-compliant ecosystem that discourages proprietary network types and instead makes use of Ethernet.