Berk-Tek launches uLAN™ Extender Series at 2019 BICSI Fall Conference and Exhibition
New Holland, PA – October 1, 2019 – Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company and leading manufacturer of network infrastructure solutions, announces the launch of new solutions that extend the network beyond the standard 100-meter distance limitation. The two new solutions are part of the company’s uLANTM (utility LAN) Extender Series.
The uLAN Extender Series is a comprehensive line of solutions designed to connect and power smart building devices at distances greater than the standards-defined 100-meter limit. The new solutions complement Berk-Tek’s existing OneReachTM PoE extender system, which combines optical fiber and copper conductors in a single system to extend PoE transmissions up to a kilometer or more.
EXT-100, the first of Berk-Tek’s new uLAN Extender Series solutions, is also a PoE extender system, allowing data transmission of up to 100 Mbps and PoE up to 30 Watts to be transmitted up to 1,200 feet (365 meters). “The EXT-100 system is perfect for cameras, access control, or other ethernet-enabled utility devices or sensors that need to be connected and powered by your network,” says Brian Simmons, Berk-Tek Copper Product Manager. He adds, “EXT-100 is a lower-cost option for extended PoE and will support many of the enterprise applications our customers are installing.”
PowerGIG-OAC, the second new solution being introduced at BICSI, is a fully managed hardened switch that comes pre-assembled in a NEMA 4X/IP66 enclosure. This product is used where local power is available. It can be connected back into a network up to 38,000 feet (over 7 miles) away using single-mode fiber. PowerGIG-OAC has a total PoE capacity of 240 Watts that is supplied through four ports, with a maximum PoE output of 90 Watts from any single port. Each port provides up to 1Gbps of throughput as well.
PowerGIG-OAC can be configured via an app, and using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, customers can preconfigure their switch by swiping their Android device over the NFC icon on the NEMA enclosure. “This a huge time-saver for our campus and smart-city customers who may need hundreds of these switches,” states Teresa Hoffman, Berk-Tek Fiber Product Manager. She goes on to say, “Over time, we’ve had many requests from customers to add management capability to our solution. PowerGIG-OAC comes with intuitive, easy-to-use management software. You can also connect via your Android device for troubleshooting, monitoring or maintenance, without having to physically access the switch. This is great news when it’s installed high on a pole or on the side of a building.” Berk-Tek states products will be available February 2020.
For more information on Berk-Tek’s full line of uLAN Extender Series solutions, visit www.berktek.us/extendedPoE.
About Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company
For more than 50 years, Berk-Tek has been a leading manufacturer of more than 100 different network copper and fiber optic cable products. The company has led in the development of high-performance and enhanced fiber optic and UTP cables designed to transport high-speed data and voice transmissions. Berk-Tek has major manufacturing facilities at New Holland, PA, Fuquay-Varina, NC and Elm City, NC. For more information, visit www.berktek.com.
As a global leader in advanced cabling and connectivity solutions, Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of best-in-class products and innovative services. For over 120 years, innovation has been the company’s hallmark, enabling Nexans to drive a safer, smarter and more efficient future together with its customers. Today, the Nexans Group is committed to facilitating energy transition and supporting the exponential growth of data by empowering its customers in four main business areas: Building & Territories (including utilities, smart grids, emobility), High Voltage & Projects (covering offshore wind farms, submarine interconnections, land high voltage), Telecom & Data (covering data transmission, telecom networks, hyperscale data centers, LAN), and Industry & Solutions (including renewables, transportation, Oil & Gas, automation, and others). Corporate Social Responsibility is a guiding principle of Nexans’ business activities and internal practices. In 2013 Nexans became the first cable provider to create a Foundation supporting sustainable initiatives bringing access to energy to disadvantaged communities worldwide. The Group’s commitment to developing ethical, sustainable and high-quality cables drives its active involvement within several leading industry associations, including Europacable, The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), International Cablemakers Federation (ICF) or CIGRE to mention a few. Nexans employs more than 26,000 people with industrial footprint in 34 countries and commercial activities worldwide. In 2017, the Group generated 6.4 billion euros in sales. Nexans is listed on Euronext Paris, compartment A. For more information, please consult: www.nexans.com