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The JDP, resistant to the worst weather

The Conventional Approach

Infrastructures for low-voltage energy distribution and wired telecommunications networks (optical fiber and cable television) exist in three ways:

  1. With overhead cables (on poles);
  2. With underground cables (with handholes and pedestals);
  3. In a hybrid version combining aerial and other underground.

The 2nd option, the underground method, is generally considered the most reliable because it is less exposed to bad weather (wind, ice) and protected from conflicts with vegetation. However, we observe that, during major climatic events such as floods or hurricanes, all the above-ground connection equipment, including pedestals, remains vulnerable. Regular connection pedestals, made of thin sheet metal or plastic, are not designed to withstand even minor impacts, such as those observed during major climatic events.

Historically, repairing or rebuilding energy and telecom networks after a significant flood or hurricane can take several weeks or months. During this time, we must clean and repair or reconstruct civil infrastructures and buildings, which require energy and operational telecoms. In these circumstances, generators and cell phones are more of a makeshift option. Access to existing high-capacity energy and telecom networks in the affected area will significantly accelerate cleaning and reconstruction.

The MCM JDP, a solution of choice


The JDP from MCM Integration can support a lamp post up to 10 m (30 ft.) high. With its robust steel structure (25 mm), the JDP cabinet weighs more than 180 kg (400 lb) and is solidly anchored on a 160 kg (350 lb) steel base buried in concrete. These characteristics make the JDP highly resistant to impacts, keeping it functional despite significant impacts. During an intense hurricane, the strong winds will likely remove the lamp post from the roof of the JDP, but this does not affect the functionality of the JDP.

Finally, rapid access to high-capacity energy and wired telecom networks after an intense climatic event will help speed up the cleaning and reconstruction of the disaster area. This characteristic is a significant advantage of the JDP concept, which also better integrates energy and telecom network connections into the urban environment.

The MCM’s JDP is a unique above-ground network infrastructure capable of withstanding the worst weather conditions while remaining functional.