The demands put on information infrastructures are increasing with added financial pressures. Therefore, long-term economic solutions with higher scalability become evermore important for airport operators. Choosing the right network architecture is the essential building block for a long-term competitive IT infrastructure with operational efficiency. FTTO easily bridges the high distances of large airports with horizontal fiber optic wiring, while saving valuable space for wiring closets and cable trunks, ensuring flexibility in terms of cabling length limitations and delivered bandwidth, thus reducing overall cost for installation, operation, network expansion and future maintenance.
Achieving planning reliability and reducing follow on costs
The Fiber To The Office concept offers the best of two worlds by using the technological advantages of fiber optics for the floor wiring in a building, e.g. hardly any length restrictions, interference resistance, future- proofing and long-term reliability. But in contrast to pure fiber optic concepts, FTTO uses the flexibility of twisted pair and brings it via the state-of-the-art concept of the MICROSENS Micro Switch close to the end user. A future change in technology would necessitate only the easy exchange of components to be modernised the fiber optic wiring itself would remain in its entirety. Thus, the FTTO concept combines the investment protection of fiber optic cabling with the ease of use of twisted pair wiring.
Fiber optic infrastructure with the flexibility of Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)
The connecting element of the FTTO concept is the intelligent engineering of the MICROSENS Micro Switches. By terminating the fiber optics into copper ports, the application of PoE (Power-over-Ethernet up to 15.4 Watts) for use with some IP based systems is possible at any time, flexibility that a pure Fiber To The Desk solution cannot provide.
FTTO is a green IT solution that cuts spending for cooling and energy
The intelligent power management of the MICROSENS Micro Switches guarantees optimal operation of the connected devices and saves spending for energy and cooling. By avoiding the high energy losses of long copper wires, the overall energy balance of the FTTO concept is much more positive, which results into significant energy cost cuttings. Additionally, the natural resources are preserved due to less material required such as limited and expensive copper.
MICROSENS Micro Switches
MICROSENS Micro Switches are suitable for a multitude of installation scenarios. The switches also offer many technical advantages:
- Vertical and horizontal mounting, fast installation, no tools required
- Robust fan-less design with high MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure)
- Power-over-Ethernet functionality on all RJ-45 ports up to 15.4 Watts
- Gigabit Ethernet technology with high port density and fiber optic uplink
- Easy network expandability by using copper downlink to another switch
- Central management via intelligent management software (MICROSENS NMP)
- 802.1X, Rapid Spanning Tree, VLAN, QoS (Quality of Service) etc.