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CUSTOMER SOLUTION: Voltage Boost Technology for Mobile Surveillance

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With the prevalence of crime in America’s cities, it is essential that measures be taken for the safety of those who operate and use law enforcement vehicles or public transportation.

Mobile surveillance companies are helping to take these measures through manufacturing surveillance equipment that can be installed and operated in vehicles. However, a vehicle’s battery does not supply the higher voltage level required to support this surveillance equipment.

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Product Spotlight: RocketLinx Voltage Boost

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RocketLinx – Industrial Ethernet Switches with Voltage Boost Technology

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RocketLinx ES7106-VB 6-port Industrial unmanaged PoE Voltage Boost switch

  • RocketLinx ES7106-VBFour (4) 10/100 PoE (IEEE 802.3af compliant) ports capable of providing up to 15.4Watts per port
  • Two (2) 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports
  • Port/power alarming via DIP switch configurations
  • LED status indicators for Ethernet link, power connection/alarm
  • Simple “plug-and-play” switch setup
  • QoS priority filtering
  • -25° to +60°C operating temperature range
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RocketLinx ® PoE Feature: Voltage Boost

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RocketLinx Voltage Boost

In March 2012 we kicked off our blog with the announcement of Comtrol’s first “-VB” enabled PoE switch.  What is “-VB,” and what made it such a notable product at the time?

The answer is “Voltage Boost,” the Comtrol designation for our industrial PoE Ethernet switches capable of being powered directly from low voltage 12 and 24 volt DC sources.  At first glance, this seems trivial as many industrial grade switches are capable of being powered from direct 12-48 volt DC sources, but it’s a big deal for PoE switches. PoE switches need to output 48VDC on the Ethernet lines in order to deliver power to connected PDs (powered devices) and therefore usually require connection to a dedicated 48 volt DC power supply – something that adds cost and complexity to an installation that might already have local 12 or 24 volt power available.  Comtrol’s -VB class switches overcome this hurdle by incorporating special DC-DC conversion circuitry that allows the switch to be powered by the lower voltage and ups the voltage internally to output 48 volts on the PoE lines.

Access Control - RocketLinx VB

The demand for PoE capable switches to source power to PoE devices has increased sharply in recent years with the rapid and widespread adoption of PoE devices and their clear benefits for simplifying installations and lowering deployment costs.  From PoE’s initial use in corporate PBX and telephone systems, it is now commonly used for connecting WiFi access points, access control systems, and the new class of security and surveillance IP cameras that are rapidly overtaking the older CCTV technology.

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Five Things to Know About Comtrol’s Unmanaged RocketLinx® PoE Switches

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PoE SwitchesGiven the complexity of the markets, products, and expanding levels of technology at Comtrol, we believe firmly in the words of Albert Einstein, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”  This mentality, taken from one of the smartest men to live has led Comtrol to create a new type of data sheet: one that distills the complexity of a RocketLinx Power over Ethernet switch down to five key features.

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A&E Specifications Released for RocketLinx® Switches

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Comtrol has released A&E specifications sheets for the following RocketLinx switches – and more are scheduled to appear on our site soon! As system developers and integrators know, Architectural & Engineering specs created for specific products are convenient and save time when writing a full project design spec. 

RocketLinx PoE - A&E Specifications

UNMANAGED
RocketLinx ES7105
RocketLinx ES7106-VB (voltage boost)
RocketLinx ES7110
RocketLinx ES7110-VB (voltage boost)

MANAGED
RocketLinx ES7510

License Plate Recognition System Connectivity

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As criminals are using more sophisticated tactics to implement attacks and escape punishment, security is becoming increasingly important for our law enforcement officers. Staying one step ahead of offenders requires consistent technological and intelligence innovation, and our officers continue to look for ways to keep this innovation moving forward to streamline security and law enforcement systems.

A license plate recognition (LPR) software company has introduced one such system innovation which aids officers in vehicle and criminal identification.  This License Plate Recognition software uses advanced optical character recognition to read any plate that passes in front of an integrated video camera, and instantly compares that information to crime databases for active warrants or other alerts.  If the software receives a positive hit, it alerts the officer, adds vehicle information to an internal database and instructs the camera to store the video.  The officer then has identification information for the vehicle and is able to take immediate action.  In the past, License Plate Recognition systems have required more space, cost, time and equipment than a software-only solution.  This specific software operates efficiently with any Windows PC system and IP camera(s), as long as the camera records a quality image. 

License Plate RecognitionA particular customer’s License Plate Recognition system contained specific high-power IP cameras installed in its police cars, posing a problem and potential risk.  The cars provided a significantly low initial voltage input (12VDC), which likely meant extra equipment was necessary.  The License Plate Recognition software company then discovered Comtrol’s RocketLinx® ES7106-VB (voltage boost) PoE (Power over Ethernet) switch, which used the 12VDC input power from the police cars’ cigarette lighter receptacles and converted or “boosted” output power to 48VDC – sufficient voltage to power the cameras.  Installing the switch eliminated risk of potential power inverter overheating problems, and the configuration needed no extra cabling, power supply or conversion/inversion of power between the source and the switch.  The company had previously found these extra components necessary when recommending select hardware to customers. 

Comtrol’s RocketLinx ES7106-VB switch was chosen not only for simplification, but for its durability, rugged housing and reputable name.  It is equipped with four 10/100BASE-TX PoE injector ports, with each port delivering power up to 15.4W, and two 10/100/1000BASE-TX (Gigabit) Ethernet uplink ports for transferring ddata to the network.  The switch also supports QoS, which ensures high-quality video traffic transmission by adjusting the data transfer priority.  The RocketLinx ES7106-VB is an IEEE 802.3af compliant PoE switch designed for connecting a wide range of industrial PoE equipment such as IP surveillance cameras, wireless access points and other devices utilizing 12/24V vehicle power sources or 24V standard industrial power. 

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Worldwide Release: RocketLinx® ES7106-VB

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RocketLinx ES7106-VB MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – August 21, 2012

Comtrol Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial device communication products, today announced the release of the RocketLinx ES7106-VB industrial Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch.  The RocketLinx ES7106-VB switch enables easy drop-in PoE device connectivity in transportation, factory and industrial settings while the VB (voltage boost) technology provides the unique capability to power the switch from common 12- and 24-volt supplies.  With the RocketLinx ES7106-VB, devices such as IP surveillance cameras, scanners and wireless access points can be easily integrated within mobile and industrial settings without the use of separate 48V power supplies that may be needed for PoE systems.  Four PoE injector switch ports provide full IEEE 802.3af support, enabling connection of a wide range of PoE devices.  Two Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports provide high bandwidth for data transmission to a larger network.

With a rugged heat-dissipating housing and IP30-rated industrial design, the ES7106-VB assures reliable data transmission with support for QoS (quality of service), which ensures high quality video traffic transmission by adjusting the data transfer priority ot guarantee throughput performance.  Additionally, each Ethernet port has a Port Link Alarm that can be configured to automatically trigger a relay on connection issues to warn of abnormal operating conditions and ensure quick resolution to network issues.

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