Transition Networks’ new ruggedized PoE++ Ethernet switch wins security industry award


One of the USA’s leading providers of edge connectivity solutions, Transition Networks Inc., has been awarded a major security industry award for its new smart city-ready Power-over-Ethernet ++ (PoE++) Self-Enclosed, Hardened Gigabit Ethernet Switch.

Transition Networks has won the 2018 New Product of the Year Award in the Network Support Solutions category awarded by Security Today magazine. The Awards honor the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers whose products are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security. Each winner was judged on criteria including features, innovation, user friendliness, interoperability, quality, design, market opportunity, impact in the security industry, technical advances, and scalability. In its award entry, Transition Networks emphasized the unique wireless capabilities that make it easy, quick, and cost effective to install, extend, and manage CCTV security and surveillance networks for outdoor locations.

Minnesota-based Transition Networks provides edge connectivity solutions to advance intelligent networks globally for enterprises, integrators, service providers, Departments of Transportation (DOTs), federal agencies, and the military. Addressing the demands of smart city, ITS and hybrid networks, the company’s PoE switches and converters, adapters, and optics integrate easily into smart network applications in commercial and hardened environments. Although it falls under the general security industry umbrella, the SESPM1040-541-LT-xx Switch has multiple applications for transportation agencies wishing to connect devices to ITS or smart city networks. These include traffic monitoring and surveillance cameras, radar detectors, vehicle, pedestrian or bicycle detectors, road weather information systems (RWIS), parking status and guidance, digital signage and other devices.

This innovative switch is equipped with Near Field Communications (NFC) technology to allow simple and repeatable configuration of multiple switches using a user-friendly app on a mobile device prior to connecting or powering up the switch. Also unique to this switch is a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) feature that allows remote access to status information or to read or change equipment settings without requiring physical access using ladders or scissor lifts. Other valuable features include wireless Ethernet extension, power management and cable diagnostics for even more efficiency and cost savings.

The PoE++ managed switch is self-enclosed in a NEMA 4X/IP-66 rated enclosure for use in harsh outdoor environments and can be mounted directly on a wall, pole, or the side of a building. The self-contained switch and enclosure reduces the time, expense, and other challenges associated with city permit requirements, approvals, installation and access to equipment in traditional cabinet applications.

“These features reduce the time, expense and access challenges associated with providing power to high-speed cameras or other devices in industrial environments or outdoor locations where it is difficult to add power or cost-prohibitive to hire electricians,” explained GlenNiece Kutsch, product manager at Transition Networks. “The switch also incorporates integrated management software simplifying setup, monitoring and control of connected devices.”

Scott Otis, president of Transition Networks, added, “Developing cutting edge products for the new IEEE 802.3bt standards for higher power over Ethernet strengthens our position as a leading solution provider for security and surveillance, and we are honored to be recognized for our unique POE++ product offering.”

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