The Emergence of the uLAN™

IP convergence is among us. Every day, more and more devices are being connected to and powered by the network. In the enterprise environment especially, organizations are seeing the efficiency and cost-savings benefits of converging once-disparate building systems onto their IP networks.

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When we think of the core Local Area Network (LAN), we think of devices that have traditionally been Ethernet-enabled – desktop computers, Voice-over-IP (VoIP) phones and wireless access points. But with increasing system convergence, we are now seeing the emergence of a Utility LAN (uLAN™). Like the traditional LAN, the uLAN™ is an interconnected set of devices that share data within the enterprise. But the uLAN is comprised of nontraditional Ethernet-enabled devices – lighting, HVAC, security, and AV systems – that are now being connected and powered by the IP network.

Berk-Tek has joined forces with Cree and Transition Networks to offer the industry’s first complete solution for the emerging uLAN™. The coalition collectively offers the smart building’s nervous system: Cree’s SmartCast® Intelligence Platform is the brain, Transition Network’s PoE switch technology is the muscle, and Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies’ cable and connectivity solutions are the nerves.

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uLAN™ MAKES GOOD BUSINESS SENSE

The uLAN™ enables you to integrate systems to reduce installation and maintenance costs, capture actionable analytics to further improve efficiency, and improve productivity and the overall user experience.

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The uLAN™ provides actionable analytics via sensor data and software to make solid informed business decisions, resulting in improved system performance, less down time, and reduced operational costs.

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The uLAN™ serves as the communication channel for building automation systems to talk to each other via a common Ethernet language, enabling centralized control from a single location, consolidation of support resources and improved overall system performance.

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According to the 3-30-300sm Real Estate Principle – a solid rule of thumb for estimating business costs – a company pays an average of $3/sq. ft. for energy costs, $30/sq. ft. for real estate, and $300/sq. ft. for salaries. Therefore, while energy savings are important, improvements to productivity where the savings are truly realized.