Clearfield Introduces FieldSmart ZoneBox

  • Clearfield
MINNEAPOLIS – Clearfield, a specialist in fiber management and connectivity platforms for communications providers, introduced its FieldSmart ZoneBox, a new ceiling/floor mount panel supporting all cable constructions for the inside plant and developed to create a simple network design that reduces time, cost of provisioning and upgrades. Providing access up to 144 fibers in multiple points throughout the network, FieldSmart ZoneBox is ideal for many applications including Passive Optical LAN (POLAN), fiber demarcation, CATV applications, entrance facilities, security systems (CCTV), telecommunications rooms and MDU applications.

Ceiling/Floor Mount Panel
“Based on our proven plug-and-play components, this new box is designed to make it easier for those that need to deliver secure high bandwidth services,” said Johnny Hill, chief operating officer for Clearfield. “The craft-friendly ZoneBox is ideal for many applications including PON architectures as it can be used as a transition point inside of buildings that can be sub-floor mounted, ceiling mounted, or screwed to the wall. When running fiber to the desktop or enterprise network, the ZoneBox is used to break out the distribution cable into dual drops to the desktop.”

The FieldSmart ZoneBox’s installation design makes it possible to opt for POLANs over traditional Ethernet networks that require tremendous amounts of copper cables and equipment that must be packed in wiring closets. A POLAN, which uses established FTTH GPON technologies, cuts network related floor space costs in half by eliminating the traditional distribution, workgroup switches and cables through the use of passive optics. POLANs thus require less physical space and also reduce or eliminate the cost associated with power, cooling and battery backup. Clearfield’s FieldSmart ZoneBox offers a modular plug-and–play optical fiber distribution alternative that results in a future-proofed, reliable, robust and cost effective network.

The FieldSmart ZoneBox is a small base-box that includes trim kits for ceiling applications that make the box appear that it was born in the ceiling. Adjustable brackets accommodate various floor tile systems. It provides easy scalability from 12 to 144 ports, utilizes Clearfield’s Clearview Cassettes, and is preloaded for patch only or patch and splice applications. The ZoneBox features rear access to cassettes and a solid enclosure design to protect slack storage and fiber terminations, providing for quick deployment and intuitive installation and maintenance.

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