BUILDINGS, ARCHITECTURE, AND GPON

DESIGNING SPACE, WEIGHT, & ENERGY SAVINGS INTO YOUR PROJECTS

Our Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solution provides architects and clients timely and substantial benefits. GPON achieves significant savings in a building’s space, weight, and energy consumption. In addition, GPON provides amazing bandwidth capabilities at a time when copper is close to reaching its practical transmission limits. In comparison analyses time and again, GPON consistently outperforms traditional copper installations for voice, video, and data applications in any given project.

  • WEIGHT
    • Copper
      A typical copper-based voice, video, and data commercial installation requires thousands of feet of CAT 6 (for voice and data transmission) and RG-6 cables (for video transmission), at a penalty of several tons of weight. Because of its 300-feet Gigabit data-transmission capability, CAT 6 is the preferred best-practice copper cabling alternative used today. At a weight of 27.6 pounds per 1000 feet, CAT 6 cable deployment typically ranges between 10 to 15 tons (20 to 30 thousand pounds) for voice and data in an average-size multistory commercial building. But sometimes the weight actually exceeds this range. SPADA has provided GPON estimates for an eight-story building that weighs in at 37.9 tons (75,900 pounds) of CAT 6 cable for voice and data transmission.
      GPON Fiber
      In contrast, at a weight of 5.1 pounds per 1000 feet, SPADA’s plenumrated GPON fiber is able to drastically reduce the weight of the voice, video, and data cabling required for an installation. The same eight-story facility installation above would require a mere 1.8 tons (3,516 pounds) of GPON fiber, and GPON would also have the capacity to carry within it (at no added weight penalty) a superior video transmission capability not available with CAT 6 cabling.
  • TRANSMISSION RANGE
  • DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS
  • SUSTAINABILITY
    • Copper
      Copper-based networks rely upon equipment that requires dedicated cooling, monopolizes valuable space, adds weight to a facility, consumes power, wastes natural resources, is responsible for a considerable amount of a facility’s operating expenses, and, because of the high demand for copper on the black market, exposes the facility to a high-theft rate.
      GPON
      In comparison to a copper-based network, a GPON installation is much lighter weight, requires substantially less power, eliminates IDF rooms, and conserves natural resources. GPON replaces the inefficient Layer 2 networking switches with an advanced passive fiber optic network infrastructure. GPON is Green, and its savings can be quantified. Unlike copper, which is a limited resource, GPON fiber is made out of sand.

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