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Fiber To The Office (FTTO) – future proof, energy-efficient, economical

Fiber To The Office (FTTO) is a standard-compliant and decentralised cabling-concept for modern office environments. It combines the advantages of highly efficient fiber optic technology with the flexibility of twisted pair cabling. In contrast to the established structured cabling network (SCN), FTTO additionally employs future proof fiber optic cables for riser cabling and horizontal wiring. Copper cabling is exclusively used to connect terminal equipment like workstations, VoIP phones or IP cameras. As a result, the MICROSENS Micro Switches offer rich power management functions like Power-over-Ethernet and Energy-Efficient Ethernet. With MICROSENS Fiber To The Office enterprises profit from a highly cost-effective networking infrastructure that offers flexibility, protects investments and reduces life-cycle costs.

Investment protection through fiber optic cabling

Until a few years ago, the installation of fiber optic cabling in buildings was considered costly and complex. This picture has changed fundamentally in recent years: Especially because the production costs for copper cabling have increased enormously. Second, because the laying of modern Cat.7 cable became more and more time-consuming, due to the massive volumes of increased cable shielding. At the same time the methods of fiber optic installation have become more efficient and are less costly today. So the overall cost situation has shifted much to the benefit of fiber optic cabling infrastructure. Nowadays, the purchase and installation costs for wiring with high fiber content are much lower, compared to the traditional structured cabling network (SCN). Additionally, the sustainability of fiber optic lines outperforms copper-based cabling: while the standards for copper cabling are replaced every other ten years at the latest, due to technological developments, the average expected service life of optical fiber cabling, in contrast, is many times longer.

Initial cost and operating costs in balance

As independent studies from leading economic institutes indicate, FTTO provides enterprises with future-oriented, long-lasting IT networking infrastructures which involve technical as well as economic advantages. This applies to the costs for connected workplaces and  also for the combined life cycle cost resulting from energy consumption and maintenance. As FTTO eliminates the need of technical rooms on each floor, it saves valuable building space that can be used for commercial means. Furthermore, in the case of future technology changes, the complete existing horizontal cabling in fiber optic technology can remain in the building. The decentralized approach of Fiber To The Office also avoids the occurrence of power –consuming climatisation hotspots within technical rooms that are caused by active network technology and UPS systems. The energy optimized MICROSENS Micro Switches reduce the total power consumption of the active network technology. In addition, the centralized management system, MICROSENS Network Management Platform (NMP), including roll-out functions and mass configuration features, minimizes and the  efforts for network maintenance and ensures maximum uptime.

Whether new construction, expansion or renovation - FTTO is the right concept

Due to the low volume of fiber optic cable routes, FTTO is the ideal solution for the renovation or expansion of existing IT networks. This is especially true for listed buildings because Fiber To The Office requires only minor changes to the building structure. By usage of a wide range of available up- and downlink versions the MICROSENS Micro Switches allow a gradual expansion of the port capacity of existing networks. Additionally, selective extensions for individual buildings or floors can be implemented in this way, without long interruptions of daily operations.