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Siemon has launched the MapIT G2 Copper Interconnect System. This network management innovation is an extension and enhancement to the MapIT G2 Intelligent Infrastructure Management (IIM) solution and offers a more cost-effective option, which simplifies installation. This system gives complete visibility and control of the entire physical layer network, enabling the tracking and monitoring of ports in real time and management of network documentation.

With the MapIT G2 Copper Interconnect, both material costs and installation time are reduced by 17 per cent, when compared with a cross-connect configuration. In this interconnect topology, switch ports are connected from the switch directly to the smart copper patch panel, eliminating the cost of  a second copper patch panel and the related patch cords used in a traditional cross-connect configuration.

The Interconnect Control Module (ICM) is an important part of the Interconnect solution – this hand-held Ethernet device creates a software based link between the switch port and the smart patch panel port. The ICM discovers the switch side of the patch connection and, through a few simple steps, recognises the successful connection to the smart panel, verifying the data on the LCD display. This device is used by technicians during initial installation and when making subsequent moves, adds and changes (MACs).

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