Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Computers Grow In Popularity

PoE computers complement smart and green buildings buildings

The ability to run more devices over low voltage ethernet cables is growing in popularity and is now well established. The traditional 240 volts approach to powering an IT infrastructure is no longer the assumed choice. PoE is eliminating the dependency on electricians and their electrical infrastructure to help save money and to provide a more environmentally-friendly infrastructure.

The widespread adoption of PoE fits perfectly into a smart building. Our partners at Thinlabs provide a range of PoE computers, screens and monitors that operate through a single data cable. With over 6,500 PoE computers now in use across the world, they are significantly growing in this market and are developing the most energy-efficient digital monitors available. Thinlabs products use a quarter of the energy compared to a traditional computer, allowing a standard 22-inch desktop to use less than 30 watts of power.

Intelligent systems that run on data cables

Scenariio design and install smart sensor networks and lights that operate entirely on data cables. The system provides a wealth of useful data in real-time to deliver insights into space utilisation, temperature,  light levels and power consumption. The Thinlabs computers compliment Scenariios vision of creating smart and green workspaces by being connected via the building’s low voltage data cables.

An intelligent sensor network with lights can now work over the same IT infrastructure as other PoE and IT devices, such as  Wi-Fi, CCTV, door access systems, and AV, to name a few. All devices can be connected to the internet of things (IoT) to exchange and analyse data and help businesses make smarter decisions for their buildings. Getting the buildings IT infrastructure and data cables designed and installed correctly are essential to help make buildings smarter and more energy-efficient.

Thinlabs PCs and monitors were introduced into the Scenariio workspace to complement the low voltage smart lighting system at their innovation centre. The management software that Thinlab provides enables them to manage their screens through one central system. The software is ideal for a large organisation where all updates and installations can happen remotely without disruption to users or expensive engineering visits.

The Thinlab PCs and monitors, along with the IT infrastructure, are supported by the buildings server room and their uninterrupted power supplies (UPS). Electrical power supply problems are lessened, and should the building have a power outage, the lights, the Wi-Fi, the security and now the PCs and monitors will remain on, allowing your business to operate normally until the power is returned.

The highly efficient and low power screens also reduce heat generated in the workplace, minimising cooling requirements and in turn, creating a more efficient and healthier place for the workforce.

A flexible system

The technology speeds up installation timelines and makes office moves very simple. One data cable to each workstation and no 240v required. Minimal cabling provides a neater solution, making internal moves of screens and computers easier.  No permits are necessary to reconfigure electrical circuits; thus, businesses can quickly reconfigure their space as desired. The plug and play nature of the system, one data cable and a fly lead,  significantly improves the speed of installation times.

Talk to Scenariio about configuring a low-voltage sensor-rich work environment for your business that incorporates Thinlabs screens into your workspace, making it smarter and greener and reduces costs significantly.

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