CommScope addresses enterprise 10G and connected device needs with SYSTIMAX Constellation

Aug. 10, 2023
The modular platform allows enterprises to build 10G and fault-managed power networks incrementally with minimal cost, space, labor, and time.

CommScope has introduced its SYSTIMAX® Constellation™ edge-based platform to connect and power hyperconnected enterprises. The system combines fault-managed power, hybrid power/data fiber and ceiling-based “Constellation Points” in a star topology to connect many network devices and systems.

CommScope claims that the Constellation platform differs from traditional structured cabling networks because it uses a simplified modular and technology-agnostic architecture. This allows it to use fewer components while supporting converged and segmented networks, AC and DC power applications and various connectivity standards. As a result, the Constellation platform delivers greater power and faster speeds to more devices, requiring less space and lowering the overall carbon footprint of the network.

The system leverages fault-managed power, which CommScope said can transmit more power over less copper than traditional powering technologies. By deploying this approach in a star network topology, the system can extend service distances from equipment rooms and delivers 10G speeds and 1kW power to a growing number of connected devices in increasingly dense urban environments.

The Constellation platform uses a distributed star topology to extend services from equipment rooms to a service area or zone to support proximate devices. CommScope claims its simplified architecture can significantly reduce the copper and plastic in the network, in some cases by nearly 60%, and the typical installation can reduce labor hours by over 50% over traditional systems.

“The Constellation platform addresses our customers’ growing need to build and augment IP networks in response to the densification of urban centers and the proliferation of connected devices,” stated Jack Carlson, SVP, Enterprise Business Unit, CCS, CommScope. “By approaching this challenge with a modular, technology-agnostic solution, we’re providing our customers with more choices for building connectivity and power into the network edge—and helping them do it in a cost-effective, scalable and sustainable way.”

Constellation, available immediately in North America with future availability slated for global markets, is part of CommScope’s SYSTIMAX cabling and connectivity solutions. The platform consists of Propel™ fiber panels, power transmitters and power transition panels, which connect to ceiling-mounted Constellation Points via patented hybrid power/data fiber trunks and to devices using pre-terminated SYSTIMAX Cat 6A patch cords and cable assemblies.

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