NEBS certified products bring a great deal of extra value to customers. NEBS strict requirements ensures high quality and reliability is designed into the equipment. NEBS Certification results in better-built, safer equipment.
Bell Laboratories developed the Network Equipment Building Standard (NEBS) for Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC) in response to a disastrous fire that completely destroyed an entire Central Office. The resulting investigation revealed that the telecommunications equipment caused the rapid spread of the fire. As understanding of NEBS benefits spreads to non-RBOC organizations, it is be embraced and adopted by military, government and public agencies, and commercial enterprises worldwide.
A strict testing protocol, NEBS focuses on personnel safety, protection of property, and operational continuity. The test protocol includes physical, electrical and visual requirements. NEBS is based on, or is the basis of, national and international standards. NEBS is unique because it specifically addresses telecommunications equipment and demands stringent safety and high reliability. There are three levels of compliance with the third being the most stringent and comprehensive. Canoga Perkins products test to, and certify to NEBS Level 3.
The cost of NEBS Level 3 certification starts at about $50,000, and can go into the millions plus the cost of the equipment routinely destroyed by many of the test routines. Certification is a complex task, taking five months and longer to complete.
NEB’s value to the non-service provider is better equipment that ensures higher circuit availability, reduced outage time, and reduced operating costs. Greater equipment safety reduces liability in case of accidents or Acts of God, protecting personnel from personal injury and facilities from damage.
- Personnel protection from injury caused by electrical power short circuits, lightning, overheating, and equipment movement resulting from earthquake or building motion.
- Simpler equipment planning and installation. Protection on the network from outages from incompatible equipment.
- It prevents interference to licensed radio transmitters and cross aisle equipment network interference. Minimizes the risk of fires to network facilities and other equipment and the spread of fire. Protects personnel from smoke from fire.
- Ensures equipment operation under a broad range of temperature, humidity, vibration and airborne contaminants present in a network facility.
- Ensures equipment and service survivability in the event of earthquake.