R&M’s global headquarters in Binzstrasse, Switzerland

R&M’s global headquarters in Binzstrasse, Switzerland

Oman hotel gets R&M solution

The Swiss firm’s role in the hotel project is another feather in its cap and testifies to its longstanding expertise

April 2016

Reichle & De-Massari (R&M), the Swiss developer and provider of cabling systems for high-end powerful network infrastructures has announced it has deployed its latest structured cabling solutions at Kempinski Al Mouj Muscat, a five-star property in the Al Mouj Muscat waterfront development.

The hotel will be able to leverage this network infrastructure for all its IT functions including high-speed data and voice connectivity for guests, IPTV, video surveillance and security access systems, R&M said.

 When completed, Kempinski Al Mouj Muscat will have 310 rooms, 77 branded residences, 10 restaurants, a 750-people ballroom and luxury spa facilities. It will also have a beach club with recreational and health facilities, a six-lane bowling alley, hair salons and various luxury F&B outlets.

R&M’s involvement began when Mustafa Sultan Telecommunication Co was employed as a contractor. “The hotel was determined to utilise the very best solutions that could meet its performance requirements of the property for the foreseeable future,” said Sushil M Jani, general manager at Mustafa Sultan.

Godfrey: R&M presented a plethora of positive inputs

Godfrey: R&M presented a plethora of positive inputs

For the highest quality and performance R&M’s proprietary Cat.6 UTP connectivity technology was used, enabling up to 1GbE connectivity for up to 100 m along with 10 GbE connectivity for up to 50 m. These cables were terminated by R&M’s RJ45 connectors as the reliability and security of these components make them well suited to the demands of higher bandwidths and transmitting larger amounts of time-sensitive data. “A significant part of network failures is caused by bad cabling and each failure entails enormous downtime costs. Reliability and security of components should never be neglected which is why R&M continues to innovate and improve its solutions,” said Samuel Godfrey, R&M sales manager, Oman.

R&M also offered Kempinski the benefits of Power over Ethernet (PoE) as its cabling solutions met the latest PoE standards. This has enabled the infrastructure to support many devices in that resort premises, including IP Cameras with Pan/Tilt/Zoom functions, VOIP video phones, POS Terminals, and Wireless Access Points. Here R&M’s good contact design ensured that any damage occurring due to PoE sparks would not affect the contact zone, R&M stated.

To maintain consistency in aesthetics, customisation of the cabling solution was also a requirement. “It was of high importance for the hotel that the various contractors match architect-designed faceplates for power, voice, data, security, and TV,” said Prashant Rozario, business unit head for projects at
Mustafa Sultan.

The high-speed fibre backbone was implemented with R&M’s UniRack family of high-quality patch panels and R&M OS2 cabling which satisfies the toughest requirements for all single-mode applications of up to 100 gigabit/s and complies with the ISO/IEC 11801 standard. The decision to utilise single-mode fibre was driven by its ability to meet current and future throughputs, which will enable the hotel to have 1Gbps, 10 Gbps and even 40 Gbps if needed, thus future-proofing the implementation. The deployment has been certified and granted a 25-year systems warranty.

Godfrey said the project was a demonstration of R&M quality, support, technical expertise and supply chain efficiency.

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