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December 14, 2012

Rough Weather Doesn't Stop Patton' Ethernet Extenders

By Mae Kowalke
TMCnet Contributor


Canada’s far North can be a harsh place for electrical equipment.

During certain seasons, the climate in parts of the far North can range from -40° Celsius or lower up to more than 40°. Temperatures regularly vary by as much as 30 degrees in a short period of time, and these shifts in temperature can create humidity, ice and fog. It isn’t exactly a hospitable environment for sensitive electrical devices.

Yet this is exactly the environment where a Canada-based energy delivery company needed to capture time-lapse photography. It needed digital images of its construction site projects, which included the requirement of transmitting these images from outdoor IP cameras over the firm’s corporate Ethernet local area network.

As if the climate was not enough of a challenge, the projects frequently included a number of fixed and portable buildings, with portable data centers providing communications services. These portable data centers often could not be situated near the work sites for various logistical reasons, meaning the distance from the IP cameras and the data centers often exceeded the 100-meter limit for Ethernet segments.

To solve this problem, the company turned to Patton (News - Alert), a Maryland-based company that develops custom communications gear and markets a catalogue of more than 1,000 products for the industry. Patton specializes in VoIP and Ethernet extension technologies, and it was able to develop a custom solution to this challenging time-lapse photography project.

Patton, a family-owned firm, has built everything from microsized widgets to carrier-grade telecom gear that connects end-customers to service provider networks since it opened its doors in 1984.

The solution Patton developed was Patton’s NEMA4-compliant EnviroNET rugged-industrial enclosure with the CopperLink 2173 50-Mbps Ethernet extender modified to support the 802.3at standard for high Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), its EHA2173/R/CC/UI.

With an interface for two inputs, Ethernet and 120 VAC, 5 AMP power, the solution delivers a PoE output routed to a rugged outdoor IP camera equipped with a heater and fan, according to a case study by the company. Installed in the data center, Patton’s standard indoor CopperLink 2173 interconnects the corporate IP network with the outdoor equipment via armored and shielded Cat 5e/6 cabling.

This fit the specs, and the energy delivery company was able to achieve its time-lapse photography goals despite the challenging logistics and inhospitable environment the project faced.

“Patton adapted their existing EnviroNET solution to suit our needs,” enthused the client. “Now, using Patton’s rugged power-over-Ethernet extender, we can provide year round, time-lapsed photography in any weather conditions”

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Edited by Peter Bernstein

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