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Augmented Reality for Cabling Systems Disclosure Number: IPCOM000250117D
Publication Date: 2017-Jun-01
Document File: 4 page(s) / 211K

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Augmented Reality for Cabling Systems

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1. Background Network cabling work in professional data centers has become much more complex in recent years. The density of systems within a single rack have massively increased the connections furthermore the computer systems allow for a large number of physical connections to distribute the load and keep up with the needs of virtualization. The system and method proposed in the publication explains how augmented reality can be used to increase the speed and quality of cabling work within professional data centers. This solution is integrated with the network change management system and provides real-time information to the technicians. Due to the massive increase of the density of server systems in the data center network cabling becomes more and more complex. Current IT devices have several interfaces of high-bandwidth Local Area Network (LAN) and Storage Area Network (SAN) connections, which can even be bundled and trunked to increase throughput. In traditional setups a compute block only had a handful connections leading to a less complex layout. Due to the increased density of ports per server there is also a large increase in the number of connections within a single rack. Data centers use patch panels to physically interconnect the connections from the systems in the rack to the networking hardware. Patch panels are used for a similar type of connection (Ethernet vs SAN etc.) to provide a standard way of interconnecting and routing connections.

2. Description The figure below illustrates a simple layout of a data center cabling. At the top there are the server racks hosting the computer hardware. These systems are cabled through rack cabling to the according patch panel. There are multiple patch panels as there may are hundreds of servers spread various racks. Each network port from the servers has to be connected through the panel into the networking hardware.

Figure 1-Simple layout of a datacenter cabling

The smart device takes the cabling instructions exported from the cabling tool and shows the cabling personnel if he is in front of the correct chassis and to which port the cable needs to be connected to or

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Augmented Reality for Cabling Systems

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removed. In reality this will look much more complex than shown above. A photo can be taken of the cabling infrastructure at this point – to be recorded as pre-change evidence.

An easy way to identify the racks and network equipment would be Quick Response (QR) codes (or other machine-readable identification code such as barcode, etc) at the rack, at the panel and at the network equipment. The way to the specified rack can be indicated with additional identification codes at each aisle crossing at the data center floor. By starting at the DC door and scanning each aisle crossing the augmented reality cabling engine can show the direction to the rack.

By scanning the codes at the...