The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving education and adoption for Passive Optical Local Area Networks (POL), has announced the top five trends driving the replacement of copper-based networks with Passive Optical LAN to meet 21st century smart-building demands.
The Cloud: A classic copper-based LAN was designed to carry traffic between computers in a building or campus. POL environments, on the other hand, can reliably connect users to their SaaS applications running in the cloud.
Data Growth: Passive Optical LAN enables capacity growth at a fraction of the equipment and cabling required with classic LAN architectures, which also decreases OPEX and CAPEX.
IoT on the Rise: Smart buildings are defined by sensors, devices and systems in the building connected to the LAN to operate more efficiently. However, classic LAN technology from the 20th century was never designed to support a network robust enough to stay ahead of the increasing device growth.
The Density Demand: As the number of devices and sensors in a building increases, density will be an issue for traditional copper-based LANs.
Investment Protection: Passive Optical LAN has proven to deliver CAPEX and OPEX savings beyond that of a traditional copper-based LAN. More impressive is that the investment made today will deliver benefits for decades to come.
Across the globe, POL is a vital component for smart buildings and smart campuses to enable the various communication and analyzation systems that supply data and optimize building performance. With POL in place, management and operations, as well as end-users, can take advantage of valued services while being sustainable, secure, safe, reliable and resilient.
“A smart building can be thought of as an ecosystem, a dynamic entity with many devices of varying age that need to communicate and depend on each other,” says Mario Blandini, Marketing Committee chair, APOLAN. “If a smart building’s ecosystem was the human body, Passive Optical LAN would be the central nervous system, transmitting vast amounts of data with seamless connectivity and communications, regardless of the various components in the network.”