Well-identified network infrastructure is of great importance in Dark Fibre Africa’s (DFA) network. The current identification scheme that they use is:
• Black on white – GPON services.
• Black on yellow – Dark fibre and all managed services.
• White on red – DFA core network infrastructure.
Due to challenges with existing labelling products, including labelling fading over time, and insufficient adhesion, DFA turned to Brady to supply a high-quality labelling system.
Black on yellow and black on white are standard print offerings on Brady’s BMP51 Label Maker, but white on red was not available. When DFA asked for white on red labelling, Brady fast-tracked the request and within a few months produced a reliable cable label in red that could receive a white print with optimal legibility. The new label was tested in typical server room environments and subjected to lengthy periods in heavily air-cooled rooms. It was also subjected to strong UV exposure outdoors.
Reliable labels that stay attached to cables, equipment cabinets and distribution boards while remaining legible, are important for network maintenance and troubleshooting. Clear identification enables technicians to quickly identify the infrastructure for fault finding and troubleshooting during network failures. This increases service provisioning and maintenance speed, and further reduces downtime risks and enhances speed of deployment. Choosing Brady provided DFA with a labelling system that suited all their infrastructure needs.
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