Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology has revolutionised the way we plan and deploy intelligent infrastructures for our clients.
This is a technology we’ve been working with for decades, and have seen first-hand how it can transform the way that organisations use their workspaces.
Read on to see how PoE could benefit your building.
PoE is where we use standard category Cat5e/6/6A cables to power your IP devices. In other words, network cables carry both your data signals and your electrical power. So, you have one, single cable doing two, distinct jobs.
From your phones, to your Wi-Fi access points, PoE is the core infrastructure for connecting IP devices within intelligent buildings.
From an infrastructure perspective, it means we can design your network, without the limitations of where your power outlets might be.
The quality of the data cable you choose and how it is installed is vital to deliver PoE and data to your end devices, and even more so when they need higher power and faster data.
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Power over Ethernet technology can bring many benefits to your organisation – including cost, time, and financial savings.
With one cable delivering both your data and power, it takes less time and money for us to install your PoE infrastructure. And of course, the ongoing costs for you, are therefore reduced.
On top of that, PoE devices can be easily disconnected and reconnected – making moves, adds, and changes more straightforward.
PoE is also safer because electricity is run over low voltage data cables. This eliminates the need for electricians, work permits, or building outages.
If your data network is backed up by a UPS system, your PoE devices will remain operational during power outages.
Additionally, the smart building solutions that operate over PoE infrastructure, give facilities managers greater visibility and control over their buildings – whilst occupants benefit from an enhanced environment too.
Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a standard that offers the ability to send both power and data through a single network cable.
There are various IEEE 802.3 extensions for PoE that define how much power can safely travel over the cables to support various IP devices.
From 15.4W in 2002, to 90W today – the amount of power has increased to mirror the different types of devices that are now being used over the PoE infrastructure. This of course, is something we’re able to advise on.
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