Why do I need to bring Network and Telecom equipment outdoors?
At ArmorLogix, we are having more and more integrators looking for products and solutions to protect telecom and networking equipment in outdoor environments. Why do you need to bring your network outdoors? Simply put, people are demanding it! Today more than ever people expect to be connected and want the ability to access their equipment remotely. IoT (internet of things) technology and connectivity requirements are growing faster than ever in recent years.
During Covid we saw many businesses expand their business past their physical walls and need expanded connectivity in areas where network equipment, WiFi mesh systems, and other telecom are not readily available for Point of Sale systems, digital menus, or just to keep an eye on things after hours when they were not there or shutdown for extended periods. We also saw a huge spike in theft and trespassing as people knew many businesses or construction sites were likely shut down. Our most common requests were for network connectivity for surveillance cameras, remote video viewing, sensor equipment, WiFi connectivity, and remote guard services.
Where are we seeing this increase?
Marinas are expanding their surveillance systems to mount on pylons and poles to view boat slips, docks and parking areas, as well as expanding their on-site WiFi mesh systems, and adding access control to gates and other buildings. These systems can use Solar or traditional hard-wired power.
OIL & GAS
Oil and gas facilities are seeing an increased need for remote connectivity and transmitting data from and to equipment.
Agricultural industries nationwide are expanding their remote sensors and data collection equipment to better manage data in real time.
Parking lots and garages are expanding their networking for remote guard monitoring, PA systems, surveillance, PoE lighting, and access control.
Schools and campuses are expanding their network past the building for security in outdoor areas as more events are happening outdoors, and in perimeter protection. Schools are also expanding their network for A/V (audio visual) needs and for WiFi connectivity outside the buildings.
Other industries we are seeing this increased need for network connectivity outdoors include recycling centers, water treatment plants, multi-building facilities, business parks, car dealerships, cemeteries, storage facilities, airports, outdoor event venues for WiFi and communication, railways, and more.
When you get the request to extend a business’s network outdoors or expand their network and telecom capabilities, be sure to get all of the information upfront in order to properly plan, and execute the project.
Planning Your Project
The most commonly asked questions when bringing your network outdoors have to do with Job Requirements, the Environmental conditions, Data and Power, where and how the equipment will be Installed, and at taking a look at your Total Cost of Ownership.
What is the customer trying to connect to? What are the technical requirements of the job?
What is the physical location of the project, and what environment will the equipment be in? What are the temperature ranges that need to be taken into consideration? What kind of protection will your equipment need from the weather?
DATA & POWER
What kind of access do you have to data and power sources? Will you have a hardwire for data or do you need to consider wireless solutions? Will you have local power or will you require auxiliary power sources, such as solar?
Where is the solution and equipment going to be installed outdoors? On a wall, pole, or sub-building? How heavy is your completed solution? Are there other environmental factors that will make for a more challenging installation such as standing water, irrigation or drainage systems, or sunlight?
COST OF OWNERSHIP
How are you supporting this equipment in the future and what is your total cost of ownership for the project? Will you be signing a maintenance agreement that will require ongoing service? Will you be responsible for equipment failures in the future or will that be the customers responsibility?
Once you have all of the project details figured out, it’s time to choose an enclosure to house the equipment. ArmorLogix’s NEMA 3 and NEMA 4 5052 aluminum weatherproof enclosures are ideal for housing sensitive electronic equipment such as network switches, wireless bridges or cellular modems, data collection equipment and more. The aluminum construction is both lighter than steel and naturally resistant to corrosion and rusting, as well as being able to dissipate heat much more efficiently than steel, plastic, or fiberglass enclosures.
How do I select the right outdoor enclosure for my project?
Whether you need an outdoor weatherproof enclosure for an outdoor data or network cabinet, a router or network switch, telecommunication devices, or other network devices, ArmorLogix enclosures allow you to plan a full solution. When properly planned, your electronic equipment, power cords, CAT5/6 cable, fiber or wiring, outlets, battery backups (UPS), access control panels and more will have room to breathe and the space will be workable for on-site installation or future upgrades, and your equipment will last longer.
Contact an ArmorLogix Account Manager at (904) 674-2976 to discuss your project needs and let us help determine the right weatherproof enclosure for your solution. Our experienced team will be able to guide you in selecting the appropriate enclosure size for your equipment taking into mind the equipment being mounted or installed inside the enclosure, determining what weatherproof rating your enclosure needs to be, discussing how you are getting power and data in and out of the enclosure, and determining if there are any additional features you require such as padlockable handles, specialty mounting brackets, equipment to heat or cool the interior of the enclosure, and more.