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Enhancing Safety and Reducing Costs: AmerisourceBergen's IoT Solution for Parking Facility

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 Enhancing Safety and Reducing Costs: AmerisourceBergen's IoT Solution for Parking Facility - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Hybrid Cloud
  • Networks & Connectivity - Ethernet
Applicable Industries
  • Electrical Grids
  • Equipment & Machinery
Applicable Functions
  • Facility Management
  • Logistics & Transportation
Use Cases
  • Onsite Human Safety Management
  • Smart Parking
  • System Integration
The Customer


About The Customer
AmerisourceBergen is a global value-added provider of pharmaceutical products and supply chain services. The company is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and has more than 150 locations in over 50 countries with approximately 21,000 employees. AmerisourceBergen is trusted by tens of thousands of healthcare providers, veterinary practices, and livestock producers as their partner in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Global manufacturers also depend on AmerisourceBergen for services that drive commercial success. With $167 billion in annual revenue, AmerisourceBergen was ranked number 10 on the Fortune 500 in 2019.
The Challenge
AmerisourceBergen, a leading global provider of pharmaceutical products and supply chain services, was facing a challenge with its office expansion at the Fort Mill, South Carolina facility. The expansion included a new parking garage that required the deployment of 23 security cameras and 15 “code blue” emergency phones to enhance the safety of parking garage users. These devices were all Internet protocol (IP) enabled and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capable. The initial plan was to include four intermediate distribution frame (IDF) telecom rooms in the parking garage to support the connectivity requirements for the PoE devices. However, this approach presented a financial and logistical challenge as each IDF would require network equipment, power, HVAC and an uninterruptible power supply, while also consuming valuable space in the parking garage.
The Solution
CommScope, a network infrastructure solutions company, presented a simplified PoE solution to AmerisourceBergen. The solution, known as the powered fiber cable system (PFCS), was proposed as an alternative to support the security deployment without the need for additional IDFs. The PFCS includes a PoE extender and a hybrid copper/fiber cable. Communication and power are delivered to the PoE extender via the hybrid cable, which then connects to the end point device with a standard 8P8C patch cord. The solution uses safety extra-low voltage (SELV) and National Electrical Code (NEC) Class 2 cables with three stages of electrical protection for personnel and equipment safety. The entire system is built to operate reliably in an outdoor setting. The PFCS was installed at the Fort Mill parking garage by ComNet Communications, a Premier Partner in the CommScope PartnerPRO® Network.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of the CommScope PFCS at AmerisourceBergen's Fort Mill parking garage was completed on time and on budget, meeting all of the company's requirements. The solution enabled the elimination of three of the four planned IDF locations, resulting in significant facilities cost savings. The reduced network equipment footprint also simplifies daily operation, since all devices are connected to a single point of administration for data and power delivery. The solution has been in operation since December 2017, delivering faster, more reliable PoE service with a smaller, less costly footprint. Following the success of the Fort Mill deployment, the CommScope PFCS has now been installed at another new AmerisourceBergen parking garage in Carrollton, Texas.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Significant facilities cost savings due to the elimination of three of the four planned IDF locations
  • Reduced conduit cost
  • Reduced network switch cost

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