"Outdoor Stackable Telecommunications Equipment Cabinet Family with Flexible Thermal and Interface Management and Method of Deploying the Same" in Patent Application Approval Process
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The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Telecommunications equipment (such as wireless base stations) needs to be located outdoors, because they are widely geographically distributed where suitable, environmentally controlled buildings are rarely available. Electrical codes and equipment manufacturers' operating specifications require equipment located outdoors to be housed in an outdoor-rated cabinet capable of maintaining an internal environment equivalent to an environmentally controlled building.
"Several factors need to be taken into consideration in designing an appropriate outdoor-rated cabinet. First, it is important to identify which equipment needs to be housed inside the cabinet to ensure that the cabinet has the appropriate features (e.g., radio-frequency, or RF, equipment needing a high cooling capacity, digital baseband equipment requiring especially clean air or batteries needing adequate venting for the hydrogen gas they produce). The common practice in the industry is to have somewhat specialized cabinets with the associated restrictions. For example, an equipment supplier may offer a cabinet that is designed to house RF equipment, but that same cabinet may not be suitable for digital baseband equipment due to environmental conditions (e.g., the air may be clean enough for RF equipment, but not clean enough for digital equipment). Complicating matters is that different sites often require different interfaces to the outside world (e.g., cable egress styles, different locations of interfaces on different surfaces). As a result, many different custom cabinet configurations are required to satisfy the type and amount of the equipment and the particular environment each site presents."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "One aspect provides an outdoor stackable telecommunications equipment cabinet family. In one embodiment, the family includes: (1) a plurality of selectable cabinet modules and (2) a plurality of selectable plinth modules, at least one of the plurality of selectable cabinet modules and one of the plurality of selectable plinth modules configured to be selected and stacked to form an outdoor telecommunications equipment cabinet that includes an air filter and at least one fan.
"In another embodiment, the family includes: (1) a plurality of selectable cabinet modules, (2) a plurality of selectable plinth modules and (3) a plurality of selectable interface plates each having at least one interface aperture, at least one of the plurality of selectable cabinet modules and one of the plurality of selectable plinth modules configured to be selected and stacked and one of the plurality of selectable interface plates coupled to the one of the plurality of selectable plinth modules to form an outdoor telecommunications equipment cabinet that includes shutters, an air filter and at least one fan.
"Another aspect provides a method of deploying an outdoor telecommunications equipment cabinet. In one embodiment, the method includes: (1) determining a configuration for the cabinet based on telecommunications equipment to be located at the particular site, (2) determining a configuration and size of a plinth module based on interfaces required at the particular site, (3) selecting at least one cabinet module from a plurality of selectable cabinet modules and one plinth module from a plurality of selectable plinth modules, the plurality of selectable cabinet modules and the plurality of selectable plinth modules being part of an outdoor stackable telecommunications equipment cabinet family and (4) assembling the telecommunications equipment cabinet from the selected cabinet and plinth modules.
"Reference is now made to the following descriptions taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:
"FIGS. 1A-1D are high-level block diagrams of four alternative stacks of one embodiment of a family of stackable outdoor telecommunications equipment modules;
"FIGS. 2A-2D are block diagrams of hardware element arrangements within the alternative stacks of FIGS. 1A-1D;
"FIGS. 3A-3C are respective front elevational, left-side elevational and top-side plan views of one embodiment of an outdoor telecommunications equipment cabinet showing airflow through the cabinet and hardware elements therein;
"FIGS. 4A and 4B respectively illustrate open and closed positions of one embodiment of a shutter of one embodiment of an outdoor telecommunications equipment cabinet;
"FIG. 4C is a top-side plan view of one embodiment of an outdoor telecommunications equipment cabinet showing airflow through the cabinet and hardware elements therein when the shutter of FIGS. 4A and 4B is in the fully closed position;
"FIGS. 5A-5B shows alternative plinths for one embodiment of a stackable outdoor telecommunications equipment cabinet;
"FIGS. 5C-5E show alternative embodiments of interface configurations for the plinth of FIG. 5B; and
"FIG. 6 is a flow diagram of one embodiment of a method of deploying an outdoor telecommunications equipment cabinet."
URL and more information on this patent application, see: Giannoglou, Peter; Schultz, Allen; Seiss, Jochen. Outdoor Stackable Telecommunications Equipment Cabinet Family with Flexible Thermal and Interface Management and Method of Deploying the Same. Filed
Keywords for this news article include: Telecommunications,
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