What’s the most vital aspect of a data center? Well, that’s up for debate, but security is definitely in the running. And, according to the Top Tier Products Awards judges, Transition Networks is No. 1 in the security category for its Self-Enclosed Managed Hardened Gigabit Ethernet PoE++ Switch. This all-in-one solution includes its own enclosure, power supply, surge protection, and more, making it quick, easy, and cost-effective to deploy new IP devices or extend networks in security and surveillance networks. This unique switch offers up to 90 W per port for powering pan-tilt-zoom security cameras or other PoE-powered devices. The switch is equipped with near-field communications (NFC), allowing simple and repeatable configuration of multiple switches using a user-friendly app on a mobile device prior to connecting or powering up the switch. Integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) allows remote access to alarm information or to read/change equipment settings without requiring physical access by ladders or scissor lifts. These features reduce time, expense, and access challenges of installing high-speed cameras or other devices in industrial or outdoor environments where it is difficult to add power or cost-prohibitive to hire electricians. It is built into an outdoor NEMA 4X/IP66 enclosure that mounts directly on a wall or pole and incorporates integrated management software simplifying setup, monitoring, and control of connected devices.
It is among the first switches to combine high-performance networking with specific technologies to make it easier — and less dangerous — to install and maintain. While traditional switches require a user to research, procure, and assemble items, such as a cabinet, switch, power supply, thermal management, etc., from multiple sources and ensure they all work together, the self-enclosed switch incorporates all of these components, saving users time and expense related to planning, purchasing, and installation. With the switch and surveillance cameras often located in hard-to-reach areas, it is important to be able to manage and power devices remotely. Installers can gain simple yet secure access to the switch from a convenient location through the easy-to-use mobile app provided for tablets or smartphones without having to physically connect a cable to a management port. Remotely rebooting the power on these devices can fix a lot of problems and save on unnecessary service visits for simple power failures or provide the data needed to reduce the amount of time needed for service calls that can’t be avoided.