Power over Ethernet (PoE) or remote powering has transformed the way facilities are cabled and the way that electronics are being powered. It uses the same twisted pair data (Ethernet) cable to power the device as it does to connect the device to the Local Area Network (LAN). Devices that can utilize PoE include lighting, cameras, phones, Access Control, Intercoms, Point of Sale Devices (POS), and Wireless Access Points (WAP). Utilizing PoE for all these devices can create an intelligent infrastructure whereby devices can be monitored and controlled via Internet connection.
Additionally, the reduction in cabling allows for more cables in one area in addition to the increased safety of using low voltage wiring. This in turn means lower upfront costs for the owner in terms of installation as the low voltage installer can pull all the cable required without getting an electrician involved. It can also mean lower costs over the life of the network as less electricity is used by the low voltage network.
Devices attached to the network can also be moved more easily because devices are no longer constrained by how close they are to an electrical outlet. Moreover, PoE allows you to put devices in places where it is difficult to install power – like drop ceilings.
Devices on the network can also be backed up by a power supply, something multiple times costlier with many devices running on Alternating Current (AC) power. PoE comes from a sole source rather than many, making the backup process much more straightforward.
Kathi BleaseAdvantages of Power over Ethernet (PoE)
Facility managers are continually seeking new ways to improve building functionality. With lighting as one of the highest use of power in many office buildings, installing an LED Intelligent Lighting Network Solution can not only improve functionality, but can reduce lightening cost up to 75%. This has been one of the key challenges for facility managers in addition to meeting sustainability objectives, improving space utilization with safety and security while staying compliant and up to date with building codes.
By moving towards some LED intelligent lighting system owners can optimize space utilization while improving workforce productivity. For example, Intelligent lightening can be integrated with conference room scheduling apps that will make organizations more effective when planning for an upcoming meeting.
As commercial and government markets move towards adapting LED technologies it is essential that new systems are developed to meet the needs of LED lighting. Historically traditional lightening controls are not equipped to take full advantage of LEDs. In comparison between high voltage cabling and a digital lighting Infrastructure both power and control are provided through RJ-45 Ethernet Cabling, resulting in a reduction of material and labor cost. This equates to a high energy savings over the lifetime of the system.
As the market continues to evolve with innovative ways to cut cost for facility managers and tenants, Intranet Communications Group (ICG) continues to serve as a resource for improving building functionality. Please click here to learn more about our services and project experience as a contractor.