SMART MODULE FOR PATCH ENCLOSURE PANEL RECEIVING DATA TRANSFER CABLES
1. Smart module intended to equip a passive panel borne by two lateral uprights of a patch enclosure, the passive panel comprising a front face provided with connection ports, this module comprising a body in the form of a ruler and two fixing tabs, the body comprising a series of diodes and a series of presence sensors, each fixing tab comprising at least one hole allowing it to be fixed rigidly to an upright by means of a screw, each end of the body being able to be rigidly secured to a fixing tab by being gripped and/or snap-fitted by this tab.
A smart module (1) intended to equip a passive panel (12) of a patch enclosure comprising two lateral uprights (16, 17) bearing a series of passive panels. The module (1) comprises a body (2) in the form of a ruler and two fixing tabs (3, 4), each fixing tab (3, 4) comprising at least one hole (21-24) allowing it to be fixed rigidly to an upright (16, 17) by means of a screw, each fixing tab (3, 4) being able to be rigidly secured to an end of the body (2) by snap-fitting.
- 1. Smart module intended to equip a passive panel borne by two lateral uprights of a patch enclosure, the passive panel comprising a front face provided with connection ports, this module comprising a body in the form of a ruler and two fixing tabs, the body comprising a series of diodes and a series of presence sensors, each fixing tab comprising at least one hole allowing it to be fixed rigidly to an upright by means of a screw, each end of the body being able to be rigidly secured to a fixing tab by being gripped and/or snap-fitted by this tab.
The invention relates to a patch enclosure of the type used in data centres, that is to say comprising two lateral uprights bearing several panels each receiving data transfer cables, and a central manager which is linked to each panel and to an external supervision system. Such systems are typically used in data centres to ensure the multiplexing of network connections on the different ports of the panels.
In such a system, the front part of each panel comprises at least ports for receiving the connectors and the data transfer cables. Such is the case with the so-called passive systems, that is to say relatively old systems without additional elements such as presence sensors or diodes.
In such more recent, called smart systems, each panel comprises, in addition to its connection ports, an additional electronic component communicating with the central manager, and comprising, for each port, a presence sensor and a diode.
Each presence sensor detects the occupied or free state of the port with which it is associated, depending on whether a connector is or is not present in this port, and this information is transmitted to the central manager. Each diode is illuminated with a given colour corresponding to the application of the port with which it is associated, the colour information being transmitted by the central manager. The correlations are for example blue for an internet connection, red for a television data stream, yellow for a video stream and ivory for telephone calls.
To implement a smart-type system, it is possible to install commercially available current smart patch enclosures, which can induce a significant cost.
Another possibility consists in adding an add-on module equipped with sensors and diodes to each passive panel of existing enclosures, and a central manager to each enclosure. This other possibility can be envisaged when the panels of the existing passive system were designed to receive an add-on module. However, this is not a possibility for the so-called standard passive panels, that is to say those which have not initially been designed to receive a specific add-on module.
The aim of the invention is to provide a solution that makes it possible to add a smart add-on component to a standard panel, in order to transform it into a smart panel at lower cost.
To this end, the subject of the invention is a smart module intended to equip a passive panel formed by two lateral uprights of a patch enclosure, the passive panel comprising a front face provided with connection ports, this module comprising a body in the form of a ruler and two fixing tabs, the body comprising a series of diodes and a series of presence sensors, each fixing tab comprising at least one hole allowing it to be fixed rigidly to an upright by means of a screw, each end of the body being able to be rigidly secured to a fixing tab by being gripped and/or snap-fitted by this tab.
With this arrangement, the smart module body can be mounted on any standard panel because it is only held by its ends directly fixed to the lateral uprights of the enclosure. It can thus be suitably positioned such that its diodes and sensors are in line with the ports of the standard panel, to be directly above them while leaving them clear to allow the connection and the disconnection of data transfer cables.
The invention relates also to a module thus defined, wherein each tab comprises a base extended on one side by two wings forming a clamp to grip an end of the body and on the other side by a tongue extending in the opposite direction to the wings relative to the base by being at right angles to the wings and to the base, this tongue comprising at least one fixing hole.
The invention relates also to a module thus defined, wherein at least one wing comprises at least one snap-fitting window, and wherein a face of the body is provided with a snug that engages in this window to ensure a snap-fitting of the tab onto the end of the body.
The invention relates also to a module thus defined, wherein the body comprises, on one of its faces, a connector intended to receive a data transfer and electrical power supply cable.
The invention relates also to a module thus defined, wherein the connector is intended to receive a flat cable of ribbon cable of electrical conductors type.
The invention relates also to a module thus defined, comprising a body associated with several pairs of fixing tabs of different forms to allow it to be mounted according to different configurations.
The invention relates also to a smart system for a patch enclosure comprising several modules thus defined and a central manager intended to be connected to each module.
The idea on which the invention is based is to design a module that can be mounted on all the standard passive panels whether or not they were designed to be equipped with a smart module.
The module according to the invention which is represented in
This body 2 in the form of a ruler comprises a top face 6 and a front face 7, visible in the figures, and a bottom face opposite the top face 6 and a rear face opposite the front face 7. These four main faces are joined by two lateral faces, one of which, identified as 8, is visible in
The body 2 which here conforms to the so-called nineteen-inch standard comprises a series of twenty four diodes identified as 9 which are flush with its front face 7, being evenly spaced apart along the latter, and it incorporates a series of twenty four presence sensors that are not visible which are oriented towards its bottom face.
As represented in
When the module is in place, as in
The thickness of the body 2, that is to say the distance separating its top face from its bottom face, is less than half the height of the front face 11 of the panel 12, namely the distance separating the top edge 13 of this panel from its opposite edge.
The panel 12 is, for its part, provided with twenty-four connection ports 14, one of which is visible in
Thus, when the module 1 is in place as illustrated in
The sensors situated in line with the ports are for example infrared sensors or sensors operating in visible light, or any other solution making it possible to detect the physical presence of a connector plugged into the port.
In service, each diode 9 is lit with a colour corresponding to the application of the port above which it is located, and each port is topped by a sensor capable of detecting whether it is occupied or free, that is to say whether or not a connector is plugged into this port.
The panel 12 is fixed to two lateral uprights 16 and 17 of an enclosure by lugs 18 and 19 each extending from its ends. Here, each lug comprises two holes through which fixing screws for fixing to the corresponding upright are passed, that are not represented.
The mounting of the module 1 according to the invention consists firstly in fixing its two tabs 3 and 4 to the uprights 16 and 17 above the lugs 18 and 19, these tabs themselves comprising fixing holes identified as 21 to 24, then in snap-fitting each of the two ends of the body 2 into the corresponding tab.
As can be seen in
The parallel wings 27 and 28 extend at right angles to the base 29, extending two opposite edges thereof. As can be seen in
In addition, one of the two remaining edges of the rectangular base 29 is extended by a planar fixing tab 34 extending in the opposite direction to the wings 27 and 28 relative to the base 29. This tongue 34 is oriented at right angles to the wings and to the base and is equipped with fixing holes 21 and 22.
The fixing of the tab 3 to the upright 16 consists in removing the top fixing screw from the lug 18 extending the front face 11. The tab 3 is then positioned for the clamp 26 to extend beyond the upright 16, by pressing the tongue 34 onto the lug 18 and by positioning its hole 22 in line with the corresponding hole of this lug 18, the wings 27 extending horizontally by being oriented towards the other upright 17. The screw which has been removed can then be fitted through the holes of the tab, of the lug, and of the upright 16 to be screwed and tightened. The tab 4 is fixed likewise to the other upright 17.
When the tabs 3 and 4 are mounted, the body 2 of the module can be installed, which consists in offering it facing and at a distance from the front face 11 with its ends facing the tabs 3 and 4. A pressure on the body 2 towards the face 11 makes it possible to engage its ends in the tabs 3 and 4 for these tabs to grip these ends, and to push it until it is snap-fitted.
As represented in
The connection of the body 2 is ensured by means of an electrical ribbon cable ensuring its electrical power supply and the transfers of data via the central manager to which it is connected.
To this end, and as can be seen in particular in
As illustrated in
The central manager which is not represented in the figures is an element in the same format as the panel 12 and as the module 1, for example in the nineteen-inch format, and it is fixed to the enclosure in the same way as the panels, by being situated for example in the top or bottom region of this enclosure.
In the example which is illustrated in
However, the module according to the invention can also be mounted on a panel which is mounted set back relative to the lateral uprights of the enclosure which bears it, as in the example of
In this other example of mounting of the same module 1 of
As can be seen in
This is why the panel 12′ is set back relative to the uprights 16′ and 17′, that is to say why its front face 11′ is offset towards the rear of the enclosure relative to the front faces of the uprights 16′ and 17′ by which it is held by virtue of the lugs 18′ and 19′.
In this other configuration, the tabs 3 and 4 are simply mounted in reverse relative to the body 2, as illustrated in
The body 2 of the module can then be installed by offering it facing and at a distance from the front face 11′ with its ends facing the tabs 3 and 4, a pressure on the body 2 towards the face 11′ then makes it possible to snap-fit its ends into the tabs 3 and 4, which corresponds to the situation of
In the examples which have been described, the same tabs 3 and 4 are used to ensure the mounting of the body 2 according to two different configurations. To extend the adaptability of the module according to the invention, a family of different tabs having different forms matched to most of the common mountings can be provided to make the module capable of being mounted on almost any type of standard panel.
In practice, each module can be sold in the form of an assembly comprising a body 2 and several pairs of different tabs suitable for most situations.
In this other configuration, the body of the module is connected in the same way as in the first example to the central manager of the enclosure, that is to say with ribbon cables of conductors or flat cables ensuring both the electrical power supply thereof and the transfer of data.
In one case as in the other, the transfer data are information on the colour of illumination of each diode, corresponding to the application which is associated with each port or which corresponds to an action code communicated to a person facing the enclosure. This information is transmitted by the central manager to the body 2, and the signals from the sensors of the module are sent by the module to the central manager.