IBC 2019: Belden Booth Features PatchPro iPLM Solution as Broadcasters Migrate to Managed Networks

by donpedro

Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has highlighted the benefits for broadcasters of its PatchPro Intelligent Physical Layer Management (iPLM) System at IBC 2019 in Amsterdam.

Belden PatchPro offers a complete intelligent ready physical layer management system that uses RFID (radio frequency identification) technology for wireless identification of individual patch cords and real-time monitoring of unintended physical changes in network infrastructure, which are automatically detected and transmitted to the software platform, facilitating immediate action.

The Belden PatchPro solution is ideal for managing a range of applications via a single platform. The system is well-established and successful in applications around the world, especially in Data Centers and Intelligent Buildings requiring managed systems for sensors, PDUs, access controls and hardware amongst others.

The PatchPro iPLM system is a single platform that is compatible with both copper and fiber infrastructures and combines three elements into one unique package, comprising connectivity, hardware and software. Belden’s range of connectivity solutions exceed TIA standards for structured cabling by as much as 25% and can encompass copper (shielded/unshielded) 6 and 6A as well as fiber for best-in-class performance. When it comes to the software, Belden offers an extensive range of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software which is constantly being reviewed and upgraded.

According to Christos Birbilis the IBDN Product Marketing Manager at Belden, a key benefit is that the PatchPro system is upgradeable: “You can start with a fairly simple IP-based data center, utilizing your new or existing upgradeable PatchPro structured cabling infrastructure. It only requires a few elements to make the system intelligent. Upgrading to a managed system is non-intrusive and there is no need to disconnect any devices, so you can easily move to the next level without disrupting your existing traffic.”

Christos added: “More and more devices are connected and need to be managed, and also the broadcasting world is migrating to IP. As Belden has a strong track record in Broadcast and is in the forefront of device management – we are the ideal partner for peace of mind.”

The explosion of digital television, on-demand content and mobile devices has the broadcast industry investing in its infrastructure to meet increasing demand. Belden is right there, helping them deliver solutions with its industry-leading cable and connectivity along with its Grass Valley and PPC brands. Belden provides production, distribution, networking infrastructure and connectivity systems for television broadcast, cable, satellite and IPTV industries. In addition, Belden’s PPC brand -the world leader in coaxial connectivity technology -serves the terrestrial broadband, satellite and telecommunications industries.

Only Belden’s innovative enterprise connectivity solutions take a universal approach to customers’ enterprises, resolving signal transmission needs with IP- and legacy-based solutions that enable a smooth migration to convergence. Belden’s extensive portfolio spans LAN, data centers, building automation and security and access control to keep information running smoothly. Outstanding global service and support capabilities and application-specific warranty programs complete Belden’s unique offering.


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