One pathway and a little push-pull

“Safety should be our first objective; obtaining certification can help us develop new products for our customers."   

   One pathway and a little push-pull

 
 

One pathway and a little push-pull

One pathway and a little push-pull

One pathway and a little push-pull

 


 

All-in-one

Composite Copper/Fiber cable combines low-voltage copper conductors and a fiber-optic cable to deliver power and broadband beyond 100 meters to security cameras and wireless access points when electricity is not available.

 

Enabling devices

The product has many potential uses for networked devices; but the main application is with CCTV cameras. Copper conductors power the camera, while optical fiber carries encoded video images. This saves customers having to install remote electrical outlets.


 
Safer parking

The cable was developed by the Nexans (Berk-Tek) team in North Carolina with input from consultants and end-users.  Initial installation was for surveillance cameras in the Hudson Valley Community College parking area.

 

First in its class

A composite cable existed; however, it did not have safety certification.  We met to address this shortcoming, and find likely applications. Once the proper category was determined, Engineering contacted the Nexans energy division in Chester NY to find the appropriate conductors. Consultants in the security market were interviewed to determine how the cable might be used and what features would be important.  Once designed, it obtained Class 3 listing to the US National Electrical Code, making it unique in the industry. Finally, as it was being released, target customers helped us determine an appropriate price.

 

New possibilities

The cable has led to the development of another product line (the OneReach System) which uses media conversion to combine power on the copper conductors, and an Ethernet signal on the optical fibers. This will make it possible to use Power over Ethernet (PoE) IP cameras at extended distances. They are more economical than conventional CCTV.