Category: Fiber

Why you need to transform your mining network — and how to do it

Mining companies face the challenges of working in harsh, remote and sometimes even uninhabitable regions. To increase safety and boost productivity, mining companies are embracing Industry 4.0 to automate and optimize the entire mining operations chain. Digital technologies require ubiquitous broadband network infrastructure throughout the operations chain to link machines, people and compute resources everywhere: from mine sites and processing facilities, throughout pit-to-port transport infrastructure and loading terminals, to operations centers, data centers and corporate offices.

Teaching an Old Building New Tricks: The Challenge of Adding Smart Technology to Existing Structures

In new construction, creating a smart building can be straightforward if planned correctly and collaboratively. But the path to make an older building smart isn’t always straight. Historic restorations are perhaps the most vivid example of trying to teach an older building new tricks with smart technology. Xicato Inc., a lighting and controls manufacturer based in San Jose, Calif., has taken on several projects where smart technology is applied to older structures. London’s Westminster Abbey has been a showcase project.

Anixter unveils infrastructure assurance program for next-gen buildings

Anixter has unveiled its new Utility Grade INFRASTRUCTURE platform. The new technology platform, assurance program and design approach redefines the infrastructure layer to support building subsystems, technologies and applications. Developed alongside the leading network infrastructure manufacturers, Belden, CommScope and Fluke Networks, and third-party tested and verified by UL, Anixter’s UTG program will offer UTG-rated cabling solutions and provide the foundation that will unlock the potential of the next generation of buildings to maximize ROI and enhance user experience.

Ruckus Networks eases hotel fiber deployments while enabling IoT

Ruckus Networks (now part of CommScope)  has expanded its hospitality connectivity portfolio to include the company’s ICX 7150-24F fiber switch, ICX 7150-C08 compact switch and Fiber Backpack, which supports its H510 access point (AP). The new products add fiber support to existing offerings for hospitality and multi-dwelling unit (MDU) customers. Together with CommScope’s structured cabling products, the company offers customers an end-to-end solution. Ruckus is also announcing the addition of new Internet of Things (IoT) partners to its ecosystem to better address hospitality business priorities, including improving operational efficiency, enhancing guest services, and increasing guest and staff safety.

NYC financial markets get low-latency dark fiber upgrade

Transaction Network Services has significantly upgraded and expanded its network capacity to include dark fiber connectivity in the strategically important “New York Triangle”, giving financial traders ultra-high-speed access to market data and TNS’ financial community of interest. The new TNS dark fiber network can be expanded up to four terabits of capacity, effectively preparing traders’ networks for the future as their data requirements with TNS grow.

Join the IoT Security Foundation

The Internet of Things Security Foundation (IoTSF) has established to make it safe to connect in the smart and hyper-connected era of IoT.  Our Smart Building Working Group  will establish a comprehensive set of guidelines to help each of the supply chain participants to specify, procure, install, integrate, operate and maintain IoT securely in buildings. This includes intelligent buildings equipment and controls such as audio visual (AV), fire, HVAC, lighting and building security.

Healthcare IT: When TV drama meets real-life medical device security

“‘Murder by pacemaker’” isn’t a real thing, is it?” my friend asked. She’d caught a TV drama in which the victim’s pacemaker was hacked. From a remote location, the hacker—a murderer for hire—was able to access the device, accelerate the victim’s heart rate, and cause cardiac arrest. While that’s not yet possible, connected medical devices—like pacemakers, medical infusion pumps, CT scanners, and insulin pumps—are  helping many of us enjoy a better quality of life. But, the advances made possible with IoT and other innovations are not without risk and healthcare is particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks.