Power over Ethernet (PoE) facilitates network deployment wherever a power outlet is absent. PoE is not only economical in enterprises and vertical markets, but the technology also offers benefits in the home and industrial environments.If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you may be aware of the exciting advances that LED lighting over PoE networks is bringing to the home and workplace. Here are some of our recent posts:
- LED Lighting
- Optimizing LED Installations
- Reasons Why PoE Lighting Systems are Reaching Epic Popularity
- How to Maximize PoE Lighting Setups
- PoE Lighting Installation Checklist
Smart Home AutomationLet’s start at the place where the heart is---the home. The term smart home is really another way to describe the network-connected side of where people live. Connected devices help keep families safe in well-lit, comfortable areas so they can live well. PoE supports a full range of lighting capabilities, but that’s just the beginning.PoE also allows homeowners the option of placing devices like security cameras and motion sensors at the front door, driveway, backdoor, and in the yard without the need for a power outlet installation. Voice command devices like Alexa and Google Home can read data from sensors to activate lights and scare off intruders. They can monitor your property on camera and alert you when there is strange activity on your property.A homeowner can also remotely turn off lights accidentally left on, preventing waste and diminishing their carbon footprint.The same systems that allow remote lighting control may also be used to lock doors and check room temperatures. Controlling a thermostat may even include remotely closing or opening the louvers of blinds. The beauty of PoE is that it scales so easily as you add new devices. One twisted-pair Cat5e or Cat6 cable delivers all the power and data a PoE device needs and power levels are now reaching 90W as Type 4 technology comes online. Smart meters can also alert homeowners as to how much “juice” they are using each month. That knowledge will allow customers to conserve energy accordingly.
Smart OfficesSimilarly, LED lighting systems provide healthier work conditions by introducing natural light to support workers. PoE technology paves the way for better lighting and money-savings on utility bills, but also allow other smart devices within an office to work cohesively.Again, connected systems allow organizations the ability to precisely control the use of energy and other resources by turning off unnecessary lighting when floors are unoccupied. Some operations are even using that information to prioritize cleaning within large work areas. Spaces that are used more frequently get cleaned more.Sensors, such as the ones connected to LED lighting systems, have unique IP addresses. IT admins and employees can adjust lighting or temperatures to make their work more comfortable. Sensors can trigger the shut off of lights and other unnecessary resources during off-peak times.
Commercial PoE ApplicationsPoE reduces log jams for organizations because it doesn’t take a huge budget to expand needed capabilities. Things like physical entry point to secure areas, expansion of Wi-Fi networks, and the addition of thin clients, can be more easily funded because Power over Ethernet is more cost effective to install and run.
- Controlling access to rooms and facilities with retinal scanning devices
- Surveillance door cameras with speakers beef up security in sensitive areas
- Expanding Wi-Fi networks in lounges and cafes allows people to meet informally in different spaces on campus
- Monitoring room occupancy and usage helps facilities teams keep data secure
- VoIP & SIP trunk phone systems save money