Managing communications cabinets

Protect your network assets, gain access and remediate faults.

As fiber rollouts continue worldwide at a rapid rate, more and more of our customers are coming to us with requirements to not only to provide management of the core network equipment, but also to monitor the physical space around this equipment such as  cabinets, wiring closets or cages.

Roadside comms cabinet

Ipswich motorway installation – Australia

Roadside communications cabinets are a good example of this.  A recent project in Australia saw the installation of 40 communications cabinets along an 8 kilometre stretch of a motorway.  Each cabinet contained fibrer optic switches, routers and other communications equipment for control and management of electronic speed signs and variable message signs (VMS).  The customer needed secure and easy access to their equipment for management purposes, along with out-of-band access in the case of failures.  The roadside locality also called for a way to monitor the physical security of the cabinets and the surrounding area.

Using our ACM5000 RIM appliances, the customer was able to gain out-of-band access to the network infrastructure, as well as provide physical security and alarming of the cabinets and their surrounds.  Multiple door contact sensors and flood level indicators installed in close proximity to the cabinets were easily connected to the Opengear RIM appliance.  The appliance then used a powerful yet easy to configure auto-response engine (included in all our RIM appliances) to raise SMS and email alerts, notifying operations staff of the physical threats to the gear.  Once alerted, the staff could then gain real-time access to IP enabled camera systems, also directly connected to the Opengear appliance, with data access provided by the built-in 3G connection. Non-volatile storage on the Opengear device also permitted footage to be captured locally for later retrieval.  The end result?  A cost-effective monitoring and management system that works even when the primary network connection is down.  It gives the operators complete visibility of each site and allows rapid response to equipment failures, physical and environmental threats.