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PoE Smart Applications for Home, Business, Healthcare & Manufacturing

PoE Smart Applications for Home, Business, Healthcare & Manufacturing

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 is becoming more beautiful, versatile and ultra-low power because of significant gains in popularity over recent years. It’s only going to get better. Manufacturers are prioritizing development of LED technology and the PoE power-and-data solution that supports it. But PoE lighting installations are only one aspect of smart automation. The sensors and controls that allow the remarkable range of lighting solutions also provide security monitoring and network access to an ever growing range of smart devices.In this article, we will expand on how PoE applications benefit people in 4 distinct environments: home, business, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Smart Home Automation

Let’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 OfficesPoE Smart Office

Similarly, 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 Applications

PoE 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
Automating these processes by adding controls reduces stress on IT departments so they can focus on other concerns. Installations have never been easier.

Healthcare Environment Applications

A healthcare environment is a highly complex system of connected devices. Energy efficiency is essential to keeping down the rising costs of good healthcare.This ultra-high device density will increase as healing professionals begin to rely on data and ai to diagnose illnesses and find alternative, better ways to get and keep people healthy. Thin clients attached to platforms link Watson will become standard. One hospital in Sarasota Florida employs an impressive network of audio speakers in a very unique way. No matter where you are in the hospital when a baby is born, patients, doctors, and visitors all hear the opening strains of Brahms Lullaby. It’s a heartwarming feature, enhanced by the placement of speakers all over the grounds of the multi-building complex.

Industrial PoE Applications

The manufacturing community is turning to digitization to stay competitive. And, manufacturers are taking advantage of incentives and moving manufacturing back to the United States. The use of robotics on manufacturing floors and heightened online tracking to ensure manufacturers adhere to lean practices means near and remote sensors are being installed in all sorts of areas around facilities. Have the capability to use one twisted pair cable without the need for additional power outlets is enabling manufacturers a simpler, more economical path to get their operations up to speed.PoE is a key ingredient in the Internet of Things and Versa technology offers high-quality, efficient solutions for your clients or business. Feel free to contact us today. Don’t forget to follow us on Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook for the latest news and resources on Power over Ethernet!
What is the difference between a PoE injector and a PoE splitter?

What is the difference between a PoE injector and a PoE splitter?

The difference between an injector and a splitter is that a PoE injector sends power to PoE equipment that receives data through existing non-POE switches. A splitter also supplies power, but it does so by splitting the power from the data and feeding it to a separate input that a non-PoE compliant device can use.

What is Ethernet technology?

Power over Ethernet (POE) technology sends 10/100/1000 Mbps of data and 15W, 30W, 60W, and up to 90W of power budget to devices over Cat5e and Cat6 Ethernet cables for a maximum distance of 100m.

What is a PoE injector?

 A POE injector, a device also commonly known as a “midspan,” introduces or injects power onto an Ethernet cable. The injector adds power to data that is coming from a non-PoE switch or “endspan.” It has an external power supply.Injectors allow admins to populate and properly support LANs with both compliant and noncompliant devices.

What is a PoE Splitter?

 A splitter, another frequently used power device, goes in the opposite direction of the Injector. It has two output cables: one supplies data and the other power. It is used to deploy remote non-PoE devices with no nearby AC outlets.A splitter allows a non-compliant device to upgrade to POE. By plugging into the network connection, it can pull power, and convert it into low-voltage ranges as required.

What is a PoE power budget?

A power budget is the total amount of power a device can send through an Ethernet cable.

What levels of power are PoE injectors and splitters able to deliver?

Both the injector and the splitter deliver power according to each of the 4 types of power. Check manufacturer specifications. The newer the device is to the PoE product list, the higher the level of power will most likely be needed. Type 3 is the current mainstream. Type 4 products are emerging fast.
Levels of PowerIEEE StandardWatts Supplied
Type 1IEEE 802.3afUp to 15.4W
Type 2IEEE 802.3atUp to 30.8W
Type 3Ultra PoE / 802.3btUp to 60W
Type 4IEEE 802.3btUp to 90W
 That means a power budget of 90W and the capability to support the newest generation of devices.

What types of devices are supported by PoE injector and splitter?

The right injector or splitter for your job will be clearly indicated by the IEEE 802.3 extension provided by the manufacturer: .af, .at, Poe Ultra, and .bt.

How PoE injectors and splitters save money?

First and foremost the PoE injectors and splitters save money by allowing IT pros to combine legacy devices with newer, more efficient PoE networking components.They also allow organizations to add remote devices without having to install electrical infrastructure. Injectors and splitters are designed to provide power to and from non-PoE compliant equipment.These inexpensive units will add years to a legacy system and can literally save thousands of dollars by bypassing the installation electrical outlets in remote locations.If you would like some assistance with incorporating injectors and splitters into your system, read more here.
Advantage of Power Over Ethernet (PoE)

What Is The Main Advantage of Power Over Ethernet (PoE)?

The main advantage of Power over Ethernet (PoE) is delivery of data AND power over one Cat5e/Cat6 Ethernet cable. PoE ends the need for AC/DC power supplies and outlets. A remote installation costs less than fiber as no electrician is required. Ethernet cable costs less and is often already installed buildings.This article will explain the many advantages PoE has to offer. What began as an effort to squeeze more speed and power out of existing cabling has become a force within the IT networking marketplace. Millions of dollars annually are being channeled into its development. The green movement is definitely saving technology some green.Increased network efficiency allows organizations of any size to design the benefits of Power over Ethernet into their networks. 

When to use PoE

PoE allows you to add a device in awkward or remote locations. It is great for wireless access points, CCTV camera placements, and digital signage on the tops or sides of skyscrapers. It is suitable for IT network installations as well. Cables for IP devices and small, out-of-the-way networks can be boosted for distances beyond 100 meters/ 300 feet for a single device through the use of PoE injectors.PoE ApplicationsPoE can be used over existing copper telecom infrastructure. 

When not to use PoE

PoE is not recommended for sending network data over long distances, or for extreme temperatures unless industrial designation is present. 

Frequently Asked Questions About PoE

One cable for data and power does not presume quality is thrown aside. On the contrary, the reason this technology wave is gaining such traction is that ample power and data speeds are being improved on with each new standard. 

1. What type of data speeds does PoE offer?

PoE costs less than fiber and is delivering higher and higher data speeds.Thanks to widespread adoption of IEEE 802.3bz technology, manufacturers are spending more on product development. Data delivery rates are now at 1 Gbps (10/100/1000 Mbps) over Cat5e and Cat6. The new IEEE 802.3bz standard has the capacity to deliver speeds of 2.5 to 5 Gbps over 100m with an immediate view toward 10 Gbps.High-definition streaming only requires 400 Mbps. A network could easily stream a training video while others work and check email.PoE has more than enough data speed to support devices in a small LAN. 

2. What levels of power can PoE deliver?

PoE does not require an additional power supply. All over one cable.The previously developed standard—IEEE 802.3at—provides 30.8W of power. The most recently developed standard—IEEE 802.3bt—provides 60W of power.IEEE 802.3 Standards 

3. What type of devices does PoE support?

PoE DevicesPoE can support a huge range of devices, and that list is expanding. In fact, manufacturers are developing network devices with the convenience of PoE in mind.PoE technology works indoors and outdoors. In places where there are extreme temperatures, installers keep cables and devices in protected areas like under the eaves or in the shade.Even the latest standard, IEEE 802.3 bt supports legacy devices. These are devices not manufactured to PoE standards. These devices may be added to a PoE network inexpensively through the use of a splitter.PoE at devices include things like video-phones, speed dome cameras, and WiMax wireless access points.PoE bt devices include things like thin clients, point-of-sale (POS) systems, laptops, and digital signage

4. What types of cost do I expect with a PoE installation?

PoE costs less to install than fiber beginning with the cabling. Cat 5e/Cat6 Ethernet cable, which appears in many existing infrastructures, as well as, the more recent Cat6a cable are considerably less expensive than fiber over the scope of an installation.Since both the PoE networking equipment and compatible devices are also becoming plug and play, PoE is making network upgrades feasible from both a budgetary and IT resource perspective.And because power delivery is through the cable there is no need to hire a contractor to install an electrical outlet for a remote device.From a technological standpoint, PoE is as green as you can get. It all started in an effort to get better signals on existing wiring.If you’d like to learn more how this fascinating technology got its start, click here.
3 Steps to Pitch Network Equipment to Government Agencies

3 Steps to Pitch Network Equipment to Government Agencies

Last week the Washington Post announced a White House pledge to spend a massive $1 trillion on a road, waterway, and airport infrastructure overhaul initiative.For most people and industries, infrastructure repair is nothing but a headache. But for some specific verticals, it means big business. So for those of us that bid on government contracts, we’re going to be busy in the coming years.If you haven’t yet thought about how you might go about capturing some of this cash, this is the time to start.Expanding your clientele to the public sector isn’t always as hard as you may think. You just need a roadmap. A guide if you will. Something that can walk you through the process step by step.In this article, we’ll highlight the first crucial steps you’ll need to take in order to start making bids and landing government contracts for network installs.Let’s dive in!

Step One: Check the Small Business Administration Website

The small business administration website is loaded with information, training, and access to mentoring. There’s so much good info on there that you could honestly go down the rabbit hole for hours on end.So to cut to the chase, here’s a link to the government contracting process overview they’ve pulled together. If it seems like too much information, that’s okay, don’t fret. They provide links to tutorials on each page that give additional context and should help make everything crystal clear.First, you'll need to find your NAICS Number.NAICS stands for North American Industry Classification System. You’re probably going to qualify as a 238210 under the NAICS 2017 industry code. It’s on the census.gov website. But if you’re unclear, you can call them to confirm:NAICS # 238210https://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/2017NAICS/2017_NAICS_Manual.pdf, Page 135As a small business contractor, you can work for Uncle Sam on a particular job in either of 2 ways...1) as a prime contractor working directly with the governmentUncle Sam2) you can subcontract for a prime contractor to get in the doorRegardless of which path you choose, you’ll still need to qualify as a small business and register as a government contractor. Here’s the page where you'll get started.Follow these three steps to determine your eligibility:
  1. Enter your industry number [NAICS]
  2. Enter your business size
  3. Get a determination result
Assuming your business qualifies, next you’ll need to set up a SAM profile.

Step Two: Register on the System for Award Management (SAM) Portalresume

This is where things get interesting. You’ll probably want to dust off that resume to help with this step.Start with some research. You can go online to see how other bidders have set up their profiles.In short, this is not the time to be shy. But do be mindful and only include relevant experience you/your business has.Afterwards, the system will give you a DUNS number. You apply for that number here.Make sure you have your taxpayer ID handy before you start this part of the process. The DUNS number is a unique 9-digit number for each physical location of your business. Don’t worry, it’s free to obtain.DUNS #Think of your SAM profile as a business promo of sorts. It’s not too far off from the purpose a landing page would serve on your website.You want to put your best foot forward. Highlight skills and experience from the standpoint of the agencies you’ll be working for.It usually takes about 3 days for new profiles to upload and populate in the system. So sit tight, and check in on day 4!Note: SAM also enables automatic payments once you’ve been awarded a job. Very convenient!

Step Three: Check the IFB portal for Requests for Bids

The final, and perhaps most important step, is to look for requests for bids and to actually start making bids yourself!The IFB site provides step by step instructions on how to write your own bids.Bidding for a PorjectIf you want to save yourself some frustration (and who doesn’t), download “bid packages” from the specific agencies you’re going to submit bids or proposal to.Each bid will contain particulars, so pay attention to the details.All of this seems like a lot of effort, but don’t get discouraged. It can be well worth the time and energy invested. In fact, most of the contracts are worth over $100k! So, like we said, put your best foot forwards!

Where Do You Go From Here?

To be fair, this article barely scratches the surface of government contract bidding. It’s a complicated process that includes a noticeable learning curve.That being said, at it’s most basic level, the process can be explained as follows: Remember, the U.S. Government is currently gearing up to spend some serious cash on infrastructure.If you want to obtain your share of the incoming work installing network equipment, the time to get familiar with the process is now!As always, we’re more than happy to answer questions about the networking equipment and to help spec out the perfect configuration for your client (whether it be a private business or a government agency).So don’t hesitate to reach out!
3 Costly PoE Install Mistakes

3 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Installing PoE Networks

Installing Power over Ethernet (PoE) cabling for lighting, camera or VOIP phone systems is getting progressively easier year over year.Companies and homeowners alike have caught on to the inherent savings. The infrastructure costs very little all things considered and the endpoint devices are highly efficient. This equates to less money spent each month when the utility bill arrives.With all of this in mind, it’s easy to see why the PoE revolution has been a positive experience for installers, suppliers, and users alike.So much so, that installers alone are estimated to net $35 million from PoE installs in 2017.The word is out. Even HGTV fans have become arm-chair experts on LED lighting projects. Popular shows like “Love It or List It” and “Fixer Upper” have both shown the transformative power of LED lighting - turning squalid dwellings into glamorous showrooms.One surefire way to endear consumers to your solution? Make it simple! Networking companies continue to make components that piece together intuitively and are therefore extremely easy to install. Some early edition endpoint devices were a bit more troublesome, but they’ve come a long way. Companies like Phillips and NU-led have made LED lighting efficient, health-beneficial, and easy-to-use.Despite all of these improvements, there are still a few pitfalls to watch out for when you begin installing PoE networks. Don’t worry, nothing earth-shattering! Further, follow these tips, and you’ll be just fine.Here are the 3 most common mistakes for you to consider and avoid as you land more and more contracts involving this exciting technology.

Mistake #1: Using Inferior Cat5e and Cat6 Cable

While all ethernet cables may look alike, they are actually sequentially numbered as a method of distinguishing between their individual performance capabilities.Other differences include:
  • The type of wire used
  • How the wires are bundled and terminated at the connector
  • Whether they are shielded or unshielded
  • Whether they are stranded or solid cables
It may seem a little overwhelming at first, but it will help to understand these specifications and the standards used to sort the cables.The following groups are based on lengths of 100 meters, and speed and Mhz ranges:

Difference Between Cables

Cheap cabling manufacturers cut corners on things like plenum-rated shielding. They also use copper coated aluminum wire instead of pure copper. The problem with aluminum is that it tends to break down over time. In most cases, it would be wiser to bid higher and provide lasting quality. Cutting corners to skimp on an install bid can cause a ton of headaches down the road.A good way to tell that Cable is of the highest quality is to look for telltale “standards” markings. These serve as proof of quality.Be careful when you pick your cabling products and consider the specifications. A little research now will earn you a lot of client respect later.

Mistake #2: Not Designing for Expansion

In the corporate world, it’s common to see facility teams knocking down walls and reconfiguring entire floors. As product lines retire and new ones take their place, team members are frequently reassigned to different groups and labs moved to accommodate these shifting assignments. Not planning for network expansion can seriously slow down the projects these space reconfigurations support.How many connected devices (routers, PoE switches, and servers) and how many remote access points will your customer need in a particular area right now? What about two years from now? A little bit of advice in this regard can save your customer a ton of money and earn you comparable loyalty.Work with your customer’s IT department to finalize the topology plans for your installation area to ensure the area network has built-in expansion capabilities.Ethernet hubs are an excellent way to preplan. Some other considerations to implement the expansion principle are:
  • Plan for higher speed technologies. 1000Base-T Ethernet may be eclipsed in 5 years time.
  • Choose Hubs with higher port counts
  • Consider load balancing and include secondary hubs
  • Prevent Crosstalk by choosing shielded over unshielded cables
  • Drop 4 cables not 1, since you’ve already got the wall open
  • Double and triple outlets
Preplanning your project with hubsIt’s all about going the extra mile. Consider the following stress reduction measure: document all cabling redundancies and provide a full report to your customer. This can both save time and make you look like a real hero.One reason you may not opt for fiber-optic cable is if your facility or campus is rented space. While fiber-optic cable may potentially outlast an ethernet installation, it is also going to cost up to 50 percent more when you’ve put all the connectors, patch panels and other hardware. Future-proofing at that cost may not align with your customer’s financial goals.

Mistake #3: Not Testing Properly

This is one of the most painful lessons an installer can learn. Not testing an installation properly at each phase, can result in equipment failure and costly delays. The last thing you want to have to do is open up a wall just to ensure all connectors are properly attached.Rather than labor the point, here’s a quick list of items you can test as you go. Remember, faster isn’t always better when it comes to installations.
  • Double-check all connectors; check routing of cable to pin configurations
  • Double-check cable operation and lengths not to exceed recommended attenuation limits
  • Double-check the potential for interference like close proximity to microwaves or near-end or far-end crosstalk
  • Double-check your documentation
  • Review of current standards prior to beginning the job

Final Thoughts

Keeping the above 3 mistakes in mind can eliminate a multitude of evils. Nobody wants to have to redo parts of a project over a product failure or careless installation.It’s also good to have at least one contractor on hand for the testing phase. Many hands can definitely make light work when you’re double-checking for problems.We trust that you’ll find this article handy. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Our engineers are always happy to answer questions about Power over Ethernet (PoE) technologies.