Intermountain Marketing Inc. (IMM), a security systems design consultant and manufacturers’ rep, recently announced that it has added the FiberPlex line of optical connectivity products to its offering of cyber-physical security solutions.
“We’re in the midst of huge changes in the security space, not only on the physical side but especially on the cyber-security side, where we need to be able to integrate all these pieces together into one unified and integrated system,” explains Chris Fruchey, VP of business development for IMM, which is headquartered in Lone Tree, Colorado.
IMM cites itself one of the few AV representatives to specialize in video surveillance and security for airports, hospitals, power plants and other industrial and government organizations. With credit card hacking on the rise and new HIPAA privacy rules imposing greater security measures, the 40+ year old company contends that, with its established line of AVI security solutions, it is uniquely positioned to unify a growing disparity of products and systems bridging physical with cybersecurity.
IMM further asserts that its recent addition of FiberPlex’s wavelength division multiplexer and media converter lines provides connectivity and conversion between those systems and products. “That ability to take access control of a card reader at a gate, for example, and integrate that with alarm panels and then to unify that with ancillary items and send that data to a network switch – a lot of that hinges on fiber connectivity,” adds Fruchey.
FiberPlex states that its line of wavelength division multiplexers makes it possible to secure additional capacity on existing fiber communication links for high capacity data streams such as multiple camera feeds. For other areas of concern in secured environments, FiberPlex’s media converters provide the conversion necessary to exchange data between diverse media and formats such as audio/video, Ethernet, serial data and MADI; single-mode fiber or multi-mode fiber; and various telecommunications formats as well as control signals and relay contacts.
FiberPlex contends that optical fiber transport links are in demand because of fiber’s electrical isolation characteristics that make it virtually immune to data breaches. Compared to copper cabling, which is susceptible to electromagnetic radiation that can “leak” data, fiber-optic communication is virtually noise-proof and tamperproof, especially when encryption is added to transmitted content, notes the company. This, of course, is because optical cable is made up of glass fiber, thereby eliminating issues with EMR, grounding, shorting or crosstalk of cables. In addition to excellent security properties, the company notes that optical fiber cable is more resilient than copper, can transmit information error-free over greater distances, and has a much larger capacity for data than copper cabling.
FiberPlex says its WDM-16 active wavelength division multiplexer is capable of multiplexing 16 channels at up to 3 Gbps each down an existing fiber pair, yielding an aggregated payload of 48 Gbps. FiberPlex’s TD-6010 frame provides bi-directional coupling between formats at data rates up to 12.5 Gbps per slot with complete noise immunity and electrical isolation. More than a dozen FiberPlex SFP modules are currently available for these frames and for a range of purposes, including converting between media formats SD/HD-SDI and HDMI/DVI, 10/100/1G Ethernet and MADI, as well as full duplex and BiDi optical.
“The FiberPlex brand is well-known and established in the government sector where security has long been a top priority," comments FiberPlex’s CEO, Buddy Oliver. "Now with the experience and integration capability of reps like IMM, we’ll be able to port what we know to be effective to any business or industry across all cyber and physical aspects of security."