3M Company unveiled a portfolio of Passive Optical LAN Solutions (POLS) products for the enterprise LAN this week at the BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition in Tampa, Fla. The future-ready fiber-to-the-desktop LAN technology is gaining traction within the industry as the alternative to traditional copper-based Layer 2 Ethernet switches, it says.
“Passive Optical LAN is being adopted at a fast pace by large government and enterprise LAN customers attracted to the benefits including significant cost savings of including up to 70% reduction of equipment and infrastructure, up to 80% less power costs because there is no active component required on every floor in the telecom room, and up to 90% less space and material requirements.
“Overall, POL requires less equipment using less energy (compared to traditional enterprise Ethernet LAN switches deployed over 100 Ohm Category copper twisted pair media.)”
3M POLS products include:
* Fiber cable
* Wall and rackmount fiber distribution systems
* Optimized splitter modules and shelves
* Multi-fiber backbone trunks and MPO modules
* Faceplates and wall outlets
* Copper Patch panels and jacks
Further information is available at www. 3M.com/POLS.