With the new implementation, the health insurance specialist now has a state-of-the-art network infrastructure in place which it can leverage to deploy the latest IT applications and services.

Daman provides health insurance solutions to more than 2.4 million members in the UAE. The company is the partner of choice for a number of the country’s most prominent organizations and multinational companies in various industries including oil and gas, aerospace, energy, construction, investments and media. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi and established in 2006, Daman offers a range of health insurance plans for both individuals and organizations and exclusively manages the Government’s health program – Thiqa, for UAE nationals, and Abu Dhabi Basic Plan, for lowincome expatriates.

As Daman rapidly expanded across the region, it found it needed to move to a new headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Having already utilized R&M’s marketleading structured cabling solutions in its offices and branches across the UAE, the insurance provider was solidly convinced of the benefits that R&M’s products offered. Daman noted the unmatched Swiss quality, reliability and modularity as being decisive benefits offered by R&M’s solutions.

“We already shared a very good relationship with R&M and were solidly convinced by the quality of their solutions and the professionalism of their team. When it came to laying the cabling infrastructure for our new headquarters that would be the vital backbone to all our IT systems, the decision to go with R&M was straightforward,” says Pradeep Ghosh, IT Project Consultant at Daman.

We already shared a very good relationship with R&M and were solidly convinced by the quality of their solutions and the professionalism of their team.

Pradeep Ghosh, IT Project Consultant at Daman

While the insurance provider had utilized R&M’s Cat. 6 solution for the cabling in its older offices, it now had increasing demands for bandwidth. This required a solution which could effortlessly deliver 10GbE connectivity. It was decided that R&M’s Cat. 6A ISO solution would be utilized instead of the TIA Cat. 6A which is often deployed. This was on account of the solution’s compliance with the more stringent ISO / IEC 11801 Class EA link standard which guarantees higher performance, quality and reliability. R&M’s Cat. 6A solution has enabled Daman to gain superior performance, an outstanding security margin for signal transmission, and wide performance scope for demanding applications. A notable feature is the solution’s ability to support transmission frequencies of up to 650 MHz, which is considerably higher than the 500 MHz specified by the Cat. 6A standard.

Daman also utilized R&M’s OM3 FO cabling for fiber backbone connectivity which is suitable for the current 10 GbE application requirements and will also allow the insurance specialist to migrate seamlessly to 40 GbE and even 100 GbE. The company spared no expense and utilized a raised floor design in its office layout. The modularity of R&M’s cabling solutions proved to be an invaluable asset. “We now have a system that exceeds our current expectations of performance and reliability. With R&M, we have a robust platform upon which we can now rapidly deploy applications and scale our services with confidence,” explained Pradeep Ghosh.

Designed to implement R&MinteliPhy

Daman has ensured that its new cabling investment is completely future-ready. The entire solution has been designed and deployed with the intention of implementing the R&MinteliPhy Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM) solution in the next phase of the project. The solution will enable continuous monitoring of each and every cable connection. This will provide easy and automated management of the cable infrastructure while also delivering an unmatched level of security as unauthorized connections will be immediately detected. During this phase, Daman will also be able to exploit the future-proofing design benefits that R&M has incorpobling rated into its products. R&MinteliPhy is fully retrofittable and uses R&M’s standard patch panels and patch cords. It also utilizes high-density panels, which will enable Daman to easily migrate from 10 GbE to 40 / 100 GbE without distributing the cabinet structure or changing the AIM components. As the implementation was executed by R&M’s certified integration partner, Daman will also be able to avail of the company’s 25-year system warranty on the implementation.