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Liz Goldsmith

How to Avoid Twelve Common Industrial Ethernet Mistakes

Whether you’re a process or plant engineer, a technician, or an electrician, if you work in an Industrial Ethernet environment, you’ve got to be an expert in a wide array of areas. When the line is down, the priority is a quick fix to get it back up and running. Sometimes these “temporary” quick fixes are put into place and forgotten until the next time the line goes down, and then you are left to fix the “fix.” Learn the twelve common Industrial Ethernet mistakes, so you can avoid them going forward.

The 3 doors of a tech-ready building

The  stakeholders in a commercial office building space can be broken down into: 1) the building owner, 2) the cabling installer servicing a tenant in the building, and 3) the owner of the contracting firm that employs the installer. Each of the three parties can face challenges when a tenant within the building space needs even a minor cabling job completed because to tenants, connectivity is now seen as a more important amenity than parking.

Fiber is the Backbone of Allegiant Stadium

Allegiant Stadium, the new 65,000-seat home of the Las Vegas Raiders is powered by 227 miles of fiber and more than 1.5 million feet of copper, from CommScope creating the ultimate experience for Raiders fans by supporting over 2,400 screens, 1,700 Wi-Fi 6 access points, and Allegiant Stadium’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS). The 100G fiber backbone and 10G CAT 6A copper will deliver connectivity for critical stadium systems and applications such as high-resolution security cameras, fire and safety, HVAC and lighting controls, wayfinding, ticketing, concessions, merchandise, and parking.

Data-center power consumption holds steady

A study published in the journal Science last week, notes that while global data-center energy consumption has risen over the past decade, a predicted explosion in power consumption by data centers has not manifested thanks to advances in power efficiency and, ironically enough, the move to the cloud. Data centers accounted for about 205 terawatt-hours of electricity usage in 2018,  roughly 1% of all electricity consumption worldwide. This represents a 6% increase in total power consumption since 2010, while global data center compute instances rose by 550% over that same time period.

Innovators wanted to develop augmented reality interfaces for first responders

The CHARIoT Challenge, sponsored by NIST, will award over $1 million in prizes for solutions that can emulate and transmit scenario-accurate data streams for augmented reality devices that will help public-safety personnel communicate and respond more efficiently. IoT devices streaming from smart buildings, city sensors and personnel monitors could provide first responders with real-time situational awareness.

Nokia boasts of 1.52 Tbit/s over single mode fiber

Nokia said it recorded speeds four times above the market’s current standard of 400 Gbit/s over fiber, transmitting at 1.52 Terabits per second (Tbit/s) over 80 km of standard single mode fiber — the equivalent of simultaneously streaming 1.5 million YouTube videos – which is four times the market’s current state-of-the-art of approximately 400 Gigabits per second.

Wi-Fi 6 – a Q&A for CIOs and network managers

Wi-Fi 6 is the next-generation wireless standard. It’s faster than previous versions but more than just speed, it provides better performance in high-traffic areas, such as schools, large offices, factories, shopping malls, airports, and stadiums. The technology allows more Wi-Fi devices on a single network, where access points can communicate with more devices at once. Access points can send data to multiple devices in the same broadcast, and Wi-Fi devices can schedule check-ins with the access point. Together with 5G, Wi-Fi 6 helps build a more connected, intelligent network with uninterrupted connectivity.

Advice on overcoming common PoE challenges

As many different applications increasingly adopt Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices, such as phones, cameras, lighting, and access controls, IDEAL Networks is offering  advice to help IT technicians handle everyday PoE troubleshooting scenarios including: when a VoiP phone doesn’t work, a VoIP phone needs replacing with a higher power device, or an IP CCTV camera is stuck in boot cycle.