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Digital Signage & Power over Ethernet Have a "Bright" Future

Digital Signage and Power Over Ethernet Have A “Bright” Future

Imagine signs at the DMV that look like large screen TVs. The programs aired are aimed solely at helping you (and every other unfortunate stuck in the waiting room) to pass the time. The screen not only shows who’s number will be called next, but it’s also giving you updates on the local sports news, and maybe a video tutorial on how to tune up your vehicle before the weather changes. Digital Signage at the DMV or in a meeting Or imagine a riveting video wall presentation for your next corporate meeting. It’s full of great animation, graphics, and sound that has the audience dancing in their chairs. Feedback from attendees is that you and the folks in the C-Suite look like tech wizards. Sound enticing? All of this, and a whole lot more, is possible with the marrying of digital signage and Power over Ethernet. The technology has recently hit the mainstream, and we’re getting a lot of requests and purchase orders. So, what is it exactly that makes this new technology so appealing? Ease of use and fast setup! Let’s take a look at the technology involved, the types of content available, and some of the different display types you can use.

What's in a Digital Signage System

A digital signage system has 3 basic components:
  • Content manager
  • Software
  • PC
Your content manager is the hardware unit that holds your software. It’s worth noting that you can also purchase software-only or cloud-based solutions. In these instances, the majority of the system is integrated with the software so you can plug and play. The PC is where you’ll manage and control the system. Most of these systems, regardless of their hardware (or lackthereof) will enable some fairly granular controls. These include the ability to grant varying permissions to different people in your organization, and delegate system control to their personal computers directly.

What Content Does the Software Support?

First of all, any content you can format on slides will also work on digital signage software. That means you can use it for presentations in any of your meeting rooms without the clunkiness of a projector. All you need is a display screen with an ethernet connection. That way you can connect it to your content management system or the cloud. A few ideas of things you can use digital signage presentations to enchance
  • Schedules for all day meetings
  • News and weather in waiting rooms
  • Surveys and other interactive content at event kiosks
  • Relevant social media feeds
As you can see, the possibilities are almost endless. In fact, any form of useful content you can present on a computer screen, can also be shown on a digital sign. Better yet, you can have that content popup at specific times and dates using more advanced scheduling features.

What Types of Displays Support the Software?

Pretty much any modern display will support the software! You could install a single television in a waiting room. You could also opt for groups of monitors placed strategically around a large event venue. Video walls and even tablets and smartphones can be used if the circumstances are appropriate. This leaves it almost entirely up to your imagination. First, establish the needs of the people to whom you want to show the content. Then start planning about what display hardware would be best to serve it up.

Convenience and Ease of Use

Digital signage combined with ethernet provides a pretty powerful package. One of the highest impact benefits is the logistical convenience. Installers can string Ethernet cable to literally every corner of a building. As long as there’s an Ethernet switch and a power injector for cable lengths over 300 feet, an outlet won’t even be required! You know what that means? No electrician required. That can save installers and the client a big chunk of change. You’ll only need an installer and an IT administrator or facilities professional to handle the display setup.

How Digital Signs Make Marketing Easier

As early as 2010, retailers like Macy’s began devising interactive ways to engage customers. In turn, they knew the data they gathered would help them better understand how shoppers best enjoyed their stores. One of these innovations, involved an interactive way for shoppers to see themselves in certain apparel items without actually needing to try on the clothes in a fitting room. Using a 72-inch display with interactive capabilities, shoppers immediately had a convenient way to see their virtual selves in the clothing they were considering buying. Digital Signage Marketing Restaurants can also make exciting use of interactive screens. From promoting seasonal menu items to reception desk message boards, the possibilities run the gamut. Airports and car rental agencies can use PoE digital signage to display flight information and updates, daily deals, weather advisories, and traffic conditions. The best part is... all of this can be automated from the desk of any approved content creator within your organization.

Final Thoughts

Digital signage can be a good fit for pretty much any type of industry or business model. It can work in both public and private settings.
  • Hospitals
  • Schools & universities
  • Museums
  • Gas stations at the pumps
The only limitations are how imaginative your content providers are. Most of the software packages come with pre-made templates, and it’s easy to plug your brand creatives and messaging into the ready-made presentations. One software developer estimates a total of 2 hours labor time. That’s from when you first download software to the point of use. If you have particularly intuitive end users, it will probably take even less time. Here at Versatek, we offer a complete package of Ethernet technologies to support your move to digital signage. Check our Power over Ethernet page for a complete list. We’ve linked a few below for your convenience: As always, feel free to reach out to our analysts if you have any questions on how we may assist you with setting up your digital signage infrastructure.
VX-1000GPP PoE Injector Simplifies Tricky Installations

The VX-1000GPP PoE Injector Simplifies Tricky Installations

An Industrial Grade PoE Injector that Simplifies Tricky Installations!

Versatek is proud to announce the release of it’s new VX-1000GPP Industrial Power over Ethernet (PoE) Injector. To many reading this article (looking at you installers and IT administrators) the convenience and savings of PoE technology will not come as any sort of a surprise. For those of you who may be new to Power over Ethernet (PoE), we’ll answer the questions that probably spring to mind...
  • What does an ethernet injector do?
  • What’s so special about this 90W PoE injector?
Let’s dive in and get a detailed view of what PoE injectors are specifically useful for, and why our new 90W injector is so special.

PoE Injectors Enable Smarter Network Installations

The PoE injector answers some big logistical problems that arise for organizations looking to upgrade and extend their infrastructure. Unfortunately, infrastructure is often an after-the-fact consideration for businesses running in buildings constructed before the 80’s. Traditional installations of digital infrastructure in older buildings regularly caused lots of headaches (and cost a small fortune). That is of course, until PoE came along and solved the vast majority of these issues. One reason it’s cheaper is that it takes advantage of existing infrastructure. Those existing copper phone lines? No problem! PoE networks won’t require recabling in these instances.cat6-cable PoE works by way of twisted pair cabling, such as Cat5e and Cat6. This allows both data and power to be sent at the same time and through only one cable. For further comparison, a regular data cable installation of Cat5e or Cat6 can cost anywhere from $100 to $200 per cable to install. That’s if there aren’t any walls to knock down or server rooms needed along with it. Installing a standard power cable can easily run 2x that cost to fulfill even the most basic power needs. Keep in mind that nobody in their right mind will leave a power cable exposed. So you’ll need to consider adding the cost of drywall to these installations as well. As you can see, it adds up quickly. A PoE injector on the other hand, acts as a link. In other words, think of it like a midspan booster that improves the velocity and amplitude of data and power as they travel to devices from an Ethernet Switch.

PoE Injectors Give Installers Greater Flexibility

Once installations begin, it’s easy to realize that every building is different. There are a number of variables that can have an impact on the required equipment for any install, whether it be the surrounding climate, the age of the building, or the condition of the existing power infrastructure. Sometimes, a little history can serve as a great example. One of the earliest examples of the “smart home” in the U.S. is the Thomas Jefferson Monticello mansion in Virginia. The removal of the original configuration and redesign of his second floor, allowed for natural cooling airflow in a climate where 100 degree indoor temps are the norm. For the sake of argument, let’s say Thomas Jefferson was still around today, and that he was planning to add a few IP surveillance cameras to his historic mansion Monticello. First off, he’d have to bend his desires for the latest technology to the historic preservation authorities. Some of you may have encountered that dilemma. He probably couldn’t just knock down walls and add a server room on the main floor. Government buildings and other historic properties are overseen by HOA like entities. To install an IP camera, a project installer would need to find the least invasive option, perhaps underground through the basement or above in the attic. Such distances do not necessarily fall within the 100m limitation of PoE. Here’s where injectors really shine! VX-1000GPP 90W PoE Injector Application If this surveillance camera was further away than the typical 100m [328 feet] allowed for, the installer could boost signal strength through the use of an injector. As long as an installer has a secondary power source somewhere near the injector, both data and power will reach the endpoint IP camera with more than sufficient power to do the job.

The Power of 90W

More watts means more power. The VX-1000GPP provides more power throughput than earlier models, enabling up to 90 watts to be delivered to a device. The most obvious and influential benefit of this is that it expands the range of products that can now be powered via PoE (without requiring the installation of additional power cables). The best part? Legacy devices, that are not necessarily PoE compatible, can also be powered through the use of an adapter. As you can see, PoE injectors don’t only save installers and businesses money. They also save time since it’s far easier to add an injector than it is to physically relocate a switch. With manufacturing on the upswing, PoE, adaptors, extenders, and injectors provide a cost effective opportunity for organizations to upgrade. The VX-1000GPP model in particular was designed to handle fluctuations in environments like temperature and humidity extremes on shop floors, in warehouses, and other demanding deployments.

Additional Features of the VX-1000GPP

On paper, the VX-1000GPP is definitely impressive. It can deliver up to 90W of power and data, at speeds of 10/100/1000Mbps. Further, this delivery of power and data can be both to and from a single remote device in extreme conditions, all without the cost of running additional power cables. VX-1000GPP Spec Chart With the ability to handle extreme environments and power demanding devices like power access control devices and smart locks, this 90W injector opens the door on tons of new applications. Who has the time or money to do a switch room build every time a remote device or lighting configuration needs to be installed? On that note, it’s worth mentioning that the VX-1000GPP is particularly well-suited for LED Lighting installations, especially as placement for LED tends to be architecturally driven. Finally, the VX-1000GPP can power any device that falls within IEEE 802.3AT or 802.3AF classification. That includes not only the aforementioned IP cameras and smart locks, but wireless access points, digital signage and flat panel displays as well. The suggested pricing for the new VX-1000GPP PoE Injector is $129.00, and it can be purchased here or from any Versa Technology Reseller. To learn even more or get technical advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to our customer support team. Contact us
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How The ALOHA Cabled Observatory Snagged A Million-Dollar Cable For A $1

Deploying network cables underwater is an expensive feat, oftentimes costing hundreds of millions of dollars, but the ALOHA Cabled Observatory (ACO) paid a mere $1 for one of AT&T’s retired telecommunication cable. The cable was originally the first fiber optic cable that connected continental U.S. and Hawaii. With the help of a former AT&T engineer, ALOHA Cabled Observatory received a custom board that converts the proprietary AT&T signal into standard 100-Base-FX (or 100 Mbps Ethernet over fiber optics). The fiber optic cable sends power and Ethernet connectivity to the ocean floor at a depth of 4,728 meters, making it the deepest power and Internet connection in the world. Receive a Complementary Consultation Installed in June 2011, the cable was initially deployed in 1988 and operated until 2002. The cable, named HAW-4, is a first generation cable that only supports 100 Mbps full duplex downstream rates. Though the cable is now obsolete for telecommunication services, the speed provides sufficient bandwidth for marine research at the University of Hawaii’s Aloha Cabled Observatory.  According to the Founder and Director of Aloha’s Cabled Observatory, Brian Chee, the cable provides more than enough bandwidth and power (1,800 watts) for an observatory that is “the size of a VW Beetle”. Underwater Observatory The small observatory packs a large punch. Touted as the deepest underwater observatory, the site has proved as an invaluable resource to marine biologists measuring and collecting statistics such as water pressure, oxygen levels, currents, oceanic temperature, salinity, and many other data points. The ALOHA Cabled Observatory’s audio/visual library features recordings of a variety of different whales as well as oceanic life and footage of scientific crew. ALOHA Water Pressure One of the main advantages of the observatory is its wired Power and Ethernet connectivity. It’s Power and Ethernet connectivity eliminates the need of having to rely on external battery supplies and the station can feed real-time data to the cable landing station. The wired aspect of the observatory eliminates the need to rely on satellite transmission which can get costly if using high-bandwidth transmission. The observatory’s Power and Ethernet connection also eliminates the need for scientists to visit the site directly to collect data. It’s easy to forget that the world-wide-web is connected via expensive undersea cables that connect networks across continents. With wireless access to the internet, we oftentimes forget that our networks rely on wired infrastructures to enable us to surf the internet. And we’re much less aware that in order for the world-wide-web to achieve global connectivity, telecommunication companies deploy transatlantic submarine cables. These cables cost millions to deploy, the most recent venture was completed by Google. The company deployed a submarine cable and named it as “Faster” that connects Japan to Portland, Oregon as well Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. Best PoE Units Related Posts: Google Fiber Brings Low-Cost Connectivity To Kansas City Exploring Powered Fiber Cable Systems (PFCS)- Is It Time For Power and Data to Divorce? Why PoE Will Power the Smart Building of the Future    
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PoE Market Forecasts from the Dell’Oro Group

Did you miss the Ethernet Alliance’s Analyst Hour on Power over Ethernet? The Ethernet Alliance’s webinar discussed the outlook of the industry and future factors that will drive PoE growth. Keep reading to catch up on the latest market research conducted by the Dell’Oro Group for insight on the PoE industry.

Who is the Dell’Oro Group?

The Dell’Oro Group specializes in providing market research for the telecommunications, network and data center market segments to keep businesses informed about the industry.

What is driving the growth of the PoE industry?

IEEE has reported that PoE is “growing well beyond shipments of 100M ports per year” and the webinar noted that the figure will continue to increase with the growing adoption of 802.11ac Wireless Access Points (WAP) and the popularization of PoE lighting.

What role do Ethernet switches have in the PoE ecosystem?

IEEE analyst hour Alan Weck overviews the role that Ethernet switches have in the PoE ecosystem and notes that users are increasingly relying on WLAN (wireless local area network) as opposed to wired connections to connect to the internet. Alan Weck notes that Ethernet switching has evolved “from a role of user connectivity to one of infrastructure”. As the 802.11 Wi-Fi standards continue to improve, wireless connection performance will begin to rival the speeds of wired connections. This has become a dominant trend in mobile computing where users choose wireless connections over a wired connection. Faster WLANs will increase the demand for the adoption of faster wireless access point, and this, in turn, will increase the demand for faster Ethernet speeds beyond the current 1 GB rate.

What is the main factor influencing faster Ethernet speeds?

As users become increasingly mobile and rely on WLAN (Wireless Local Area Networks) to access the Internet, the demand for faster wireless access points (WAPs) will continue to increase. 802.11ax, the pre-standard faster than the current 802.11ac standard, is expected to arrive in 2019. The new pre-standard promises to deliver up to 10 Gbps rates. The improvement of wireless access points will push towards the adoption of 2.5 GB and 5 GB in the future. Alan Weck discusses that one of the main factors hindering the adoption of these two relatively new Ethernet rates are cost. But WLANs will continue to grow and place faster bandwidth demands on the backhaul of networks. IEEE PoE Analyst Hour

How will IoT influence PoE Port Growth?

When it comes to PoE port growth, Dell’Oro found that in terms of the Internet of Things (IoT), PoE lighting is the only sector expected to substantially fuel PoE growth. PoE lighting allows users to deploy low-powered LED lights using Power over Ethernet. This simplifies the deployment of lighting installation and removes the need for professional electrical installers and expensive electrical permits. To read more about the benefits of PoE lighting, click here.

What can threaten the growth of PoE lighting?

One of the main advantages that can fuel PoE lighting is the lack of legal permits needed to deploy a network. But a high volume of PoE lighting deployments running at full output power can potentially make for a fire hazard. Even though the scenario represents an extreme example, the analysts discussed the possible effects of regulation and how that would discourage new adopters. The market penetration of PoE lighting can unintentionally encumber traditional Ethernet deployment once regulation enters the picture. Alan Wecker discussed that “Lighting and building infrastructure is highly regulated. Traditional Ethernet is ubiquitous and cannot be burdened with regulation. If everything in Ethernet gets regulated because of this use case, many other use cases will look for alternatives outside the Ethernet ecosystem.”

PoE is Awaiting the standardization of 802.3bt. How does the pending standard affect the Ethernet ecosystem?

Though regulation is highly unlikely with current PoE standards, PoE is awaiting the standardization of the 802.3bt standard. The new standard promises to deliver up to 100 watts per PoE port. Power Sourcing Equipment that supports these new ultra PoE power levels justifies the fledgling concern for possible future regulation demands for the wiring technology. PoE is currently a cost-effective alternative to installing new electrical circuitry. It allows network administrators to deploy PoE in locations without the expense of electrical conduit permits. Regulation would only hinder the growth of PoE port shipments and discourage prospective PoE lighting customers from adopting the Ethernet ecosystem.

Other PoE market forecasts:

Alan Weck mentioned a couple other market observations in relation to switches. The market for Fast Ethernet switches will continue to decline. In addition, the bulk of the market will consist of 1 Gigabit Ethernet units while the 40 GB market will continue to decrease. The following diagram also includes market projections for 25/50/100 GB Ethernet and 2.5/5/10 Gigabit Ethernet units IEEE PoE Analyst Hour

Will IP telephones or VoIP phones impact PoE port growth?

IP Desk phones, as noted by Alan Weck, drove PoE port growth before 2008. With the introduction of instant messaging platforms and social media, experts predicted a sharp decline in the Enterprise IP Telephony market share. However, Dell Oro’s findings report neither a growth nor decline in IP Telephony.

Do these market forecasts include automobile Ethernet?

Unfortunately, these market forecasts do not include automobile Ethernet. Automobile Ethernet will be considered an entire breed of its own. IEEE recently introduced 802.3bw standard, which “specifies 100BASE-T- 100Mbps over a single twisted pair for automobile applications”. Click here to find out more about 802.3bw.

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Exploring Powered Fiber Cable Systems (PFCS)— Is it time for PoE to Divorce Power and Data?

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is known for its simultaneous transmission of power and data using twisted pair copper, but will the search for faster speed rates influence the separation of data and power? New Powered Fiber Cable System (PFCS) solutions introduce a new breed of PoE extension. The solution utilizes a powered fiber cable that insulates fiber and copper separately and assigns copper with one sole purpose—to transmit power.

Understanding PoE's 100 Meter Limitation

Each new 802.3 PoE standard tends to introduce higher power outputs. IEEE’s initial 802.3af PoE standard introduced compliance for 15 watts of power (12.95 with power dissipation). The standard was followed by 802.3at, also known as PoE+, and introduced compliance for 30 watts of power (25.4 watts of power). IEEE is currently studying 802.3bt, also known as PoE ++, a new standard that aims to provide up to 80 watts of power by using all four twisted copper pairs to transmit data and power. But though new standards seem to be improving upon output power, each new standard fails to improve the maximum supported distance of 100 meters—the standard Ethernet limitation. Receive a Complementary Consultation   Copper has the ability to transmit power to longer distances; however, the range of PoE is limited by copper’s inability to transmit data to ranges that exceed 100 meters. Optical fiber can transmit up to 100 Terabits per seconds.  Copper cables are able to transmit gigabit speeds and up to 10 Gbps with newer networking cables such as Cat6 and Cat7.  For the time being, 10 Gbps transfer speeds are sufficient for even the most data-hungry Internet users. Nonetheless, optical fiber easily surpasses 100 meter distances. Fiber cable systems with new powered fiber cables can achieve up to 3,000 meters.

Approximating Power over Fiber

Commscope has designed a new powered fiber cable that insulates the optical fiber cable and copper wire within their own separate jackets. The new design deviates from traditional hybrid optical fiber cables that insulate both types of mediums within the same jacket. Network installers can easily peel the cables apart for quick access. The new cabling requires no other special tools besides a wire stripper. These new types of powered fiber cables are quite flexible in comparison to traditional hybrid fiber cables. powered fiber cable system Though the solution can’t exactly be described as Power over Fiber, the optical fiber and copper cabling run alongside each other and leverages the same benefit that PoE provides—the ability to deploy powered devices at any location without having to rely on local power supplies. The ability to install devices without relying on local power supplies, along with its simple ‘plug-and-play’ installation, makes PoE an essential component of networking topologies. But PoE faces a standard 100 meter limitation which forces network administrators to rely on additional equipment such as PoE extenders and media converters to extend network connections beyond Ethernet’s standard 100 meter limitation. This new breed of PoE extenders will eliminate the need for additional extender kits and simplify network connections.

Leveraging the Power of Copper and Fiber—Separately

Electrical Engineer Bill Schweber observes that the effectiveness of powered fiber systems stems from separating optical fiber and copper. He remarks that the simultaneous transmission of power and data in standard networking cables “require significant "negotiation" and confirmation between the source and load, between intervening ICs and, in order to assure that power is available and acceptable by a peripheral, that there are no conflicts in hardware or software.” Powered fiber cable systems eliminate power negotiations and reserves optical fiber for data transmission and copper wiring for power transmission. The electrical engineer comments that “PFCS [Powered Fiber Cable Systems] seems to me to be a clever scheme, since it leverages the advantages of each medium (optical+copper, PoE) without either one getting in the way of the other one, and the associated complexity.” Schweber concludes “that by using the long run of copper just for power and not for data, the technical difficulties will be reduced while the performance will be more consistent and easier to manage”. Separating data and power allows copper to deliver power output ranges that exceed the current 802.3at standard of 30 watts. And optical fiber speeds will be able to deliver transmission speeds that surpass 10Gbps to future powered devices.

Additional Benefits of Powered Fiber Cable Systems

powered-fiber-cable-systems-use-cases-compressor According to Aruba Networks, Powered Fiber Cable Systems “Greatly speed up planning by eliminating DC electrical calculations for voltage/power drop over varying distances”. These devices can support up to 32 devices from a centrally located USPs. Powered Fiber Cable Systems essentially operate similar to long extension cords. It’s highly unlikely that IEEE will divorce Power from Data when it comes to PoE. PoE is ideal for home and enterprise networks, even with a 100 meter Ethernet limitation. And in the cases where powered devices need to be installed beyond 100 meters, there are a myriad of PoE extender options such as fiber media extenders, UTP Ethernet Extenders, and coaxial cable extenders for example, that effectively bypass the limited distance and preserve speed. Click here to view our interactive infographic explaining the top methods used to extend Ethernet. Related Posts:
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Largest PoE Lighting Installation Ushers Age of Innovation at Watt Family Center

Royal Phillips has announced its first large-scale lighting deployment powered by Power over Ethernet (PoE) at Clemson University. The University’s Watt Family Innovation Center now boasts state-of-the-art lighting that combines the energy efficiency of LED lighting with the simplicity of PoE cabling. PoE Lighting is a cutting edge technology that provides a branding statement of innovation for the center which was built to encourage student-faculty collaboration. The 70,000 square building boasts PoE-based indoor LED lighting that can be regulated using the web-based Phillips Envision Manager. The control system features convenient remote control using a software console that can be accessed on different computers, smartphones, or tablets. Receive a Complementary Consultation  

PoE-Based LED Media Facade

The Watt Family Innovation Center also pioneers the “largest media façade installation in the United States”. The LED display features Phillips very own high-intensity iColor Flex LMX Gen2 LED lights. The large LED strands of light create string-like curtain panels that can display messages and provides a new take on traditional digital marquees and billboards.

Real-Time Occupancy Monitoring

PoE Lighting Phillips Clemson

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Another additional feature of the smart lighting system is that the PoE system’s occupancy sensors can automatically power lights on or off. The occupancy sensors also gather data to provide historical and real-time usage trends.

How does PoE lighting work?

Power over Ethernet (PoE) originally emerged to power Voice-over IP (VoIP) solutions but has since been adapted to power applications beyond computer networking, such as LED lighting. Power over Ethernet (PoE) has the ability to deliver powe r and data via a single cable and eliminates the need for additional electrical circuitry. Cat-5 cabling is comprised of 4-twisted pairs. As Mike Hornung elucidates in Energy Manager Today, if LED lights require low data speeds, up to 3 pairs can be used to provide power, reserving the remaining pair for data.  Even though the off-switching of voltages in differentiated signals can transmit data, it’s also possible to shift the voltages (from 10V to 0V as opposed to -5V to 5V for example) and be left with a positive voltage that can be extracted from the adjacent end of a wire. PoE traditionally supports low-powered devices, but 802.3 Ethernet standards are evolving to adopt higher power. For example, the 802.3at standards can supply up to 25.5 Watts of power and it is speculated that the ultra-PoE pre-standard will be able to supply 100 Watts of power.

PoE for IoT

With the ability to support power and data, PoE removes the cost of hiring expensive electricians making it possible for IT personnel to easily manage the infrastructure. The large-scale installation is a testament to the possible future of Power over Ethernet. The cabling’s flexible and versatile deployment options will help usher in the much-anticipated adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT). With the ability to deliver power and data, PoE can easily provide connectivity to a large portion of the IoT market— particularly because a large portion of the IoT market will be comprised of sensors that have low-power requirements.

Simple User-Interface

Clemson University’s PoE-based LED installation uses the Phillips Envision Manager, a web-based software configuration center, to allow system integrators to control and monitor the LED lights within a centralized control center. Another aspect of the interface is it also integrates other site services such as HVAC (heating, venting, and air conditioning). User-friendly interfaces such as these will curb learning time of new users and will contribute to the mass adoption of IoT components in both the consumer and industrial sector.
PoE Lighting

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Energy-Efficient PoE Lighting

So how energy efficient is the Royal Phillips installation? According to their press release, “this new lighting solution will deliver up to 70 percent in energy savings compared to similar buildings using conventional lighting.” In fact, “Phillips and Cisco have both evidenced a 50% reduction in installation costs for Ethernet-based connected lighting systems compared with conventional AC-powered systems.” The high-profile installation leads us to questions new devices can adopt PoE and if telecommunications can be solution to energy management. Think PoE lighting is cool? Check out how Li-Fi lighting can transmit Wi-Fi signals!

Ethernet Standardization Evolution Will Be Far from Linear

The Ethernet Alliance has revealed a standardization road map indicating that by the end of 2020, a total of 6 new standards will support the growing demand for bandwidth in residential, enterprise, and data center environments. This handful of standards indicates that the evolution of Ethernet has strayed from the once linear tenfold pursuit of accelerated speeds.

The Future of Ethernet InfographicEthernet As A Brand of Innovation

In his 2013 Technology Exploration Forum, Robert Metcalfe, Inventor of the Ethernet, revealed that he perceived Ethernet as a brand of innovation that was founded upon the “Build It and They Will Come” business model. The 802.3 Ethernet working group has been building standards ahead of its requirements since its inception in 1983, when the standard was originally designed to support 10 Megabits per second (Mb/s). But last year’s standardization agenda showcased a greater sensitivity towards the more immediate needs of certain networking environments and their budget constraints.

A-Linear Ethernet Evolution

This has caused the evolution of Ethernet to branch out into different networking speeds to suit the demands of distinct Ethernet environments. This new trend is due to the myriad of applications that Ethernet has been able to unexpectedly support. John D. Ambrosia notes that Ethernet initially supported connectivity among computers, printers, servers and other devices inside a LAN (Local Area Network) but since then, Ethernet has been able to support unexpected technologies such as “subscriber access, cellular backhaul, power infrastructure, smart meters, personal medical devices, the Internet of Things (IoT), connected cars”.

The Four Different Ethernet Topologies

The 2015 Ethernet Roadmap does not suggest that the Ethernet standardization body will interrupt its pursuit of standardizing increasingly faster rates, but rather that the linear evolution of Ethernet will be superseded by the new demands and changing applications of the different Ethernet environments. IEEE's 802.3 Ethernet working study group is currently standardizing 2.5 Gb/s, 5 Gb/s, 25 Gb/s, 50 Gb/s,  and 400 Gb/s Ethernet.

ethernet-infographic-03Enterprise and Campuses

The Ethernet topology in enterprises and campuses consists of desktop computers, Voice over IP Phones (VoIP), surveillance cameras, wireless access points (WAPs), as well as other customer premise devices.  Power over Ethernet (PoE) in these environments has proven integral in providing connectivity to PoE-capable equipment such as Voice over IP Phones and surveillance cameras— equipment whose deployment would otherwise be restricted by the location of power outlet sources.

Residential and Consumers

Residential and consumer environments also rely on Ethernet to connect desktops, laptops, fax machines, media centers, appliances, and even IP surveillance cameras. Not to be overlooked, the residential sector is positioned to experience greater Ethernet usage as the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart appliances continues to percolate into homes. The latest WAP standard, 802.11ac, will further increase the demand for 2.5GbE and 5GbE. Even the residential sector will influence the demand for 2.5GbE and 5GbE with the growing popularity of smart appliances, the Internet of Things and media centers becoming more bandwidth-hungry with 4k television displays.

ethernet-infographic-04Hyperscale Data Centers

Hyperscale data centers need to “accommodate increased computing demands without requiring existing physical space, cooling or electrical power”. As the demand for cloud computing continues to rise, hyperscale data centers and service providers will require faster standards to keep up with the high demand. 25 GbE technology will provide an eco-friendly solution that will yield a “lower cost per bit than 10 GbE” as outlined by TechTarget. The single-lane technology is well underway to become a finished standard as previous efforts made to standardize 100 GbE relied on four 25 Gb/s lanes to to achieve its data rate.

Service Providers

Service providers, including Telecommunications companies and Cable TV companies are innovating their network architectures while maintaining their existing copper lines with Hybrid Fiber networks. These companies “deploy MANs and Wide Area Networks (WANs) to deliver a variety of services including Carrier Ethernet.” But the fact is that true innovation is occurring within varied application spaces at lower speeds. Receive a Complementary Consultation  

Staying Ahead of Tomorrow’s Needs

Innovation in these four different sectors confirms John D. Ambrosia’s observation that "true innovation is occurring within varied application spaces at lower speeds” and will influence the Ethernet's standardization community to  simultaneously pursue accelerated speeds and slower speeds in order to future-proof networks and address current networking environments as well.  Tenfold exponential increase of Ethernet standards will now be replaced by the speed requirements in the consumer, enterprise, hyperscale and service provider sectors. As these niches begin to require specific rates, standardization might be more spear-headed by individual consortium as shown by the NBASE-T and MGBASE-T consortiums who have been working in standardizing 2.5 GbE and 5 GbE. Check Out Our Networking Gear Don’t forget to join us on LinkedinTwitter, and Facebook for the latest news in the computer networking industry.

The Mysterious Use-Cases of Industrial Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Networking Gear

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a practical technology that facilitates network deployment in sites where power is absent. PoE is not only utile in enterprises and vertical markets, but the technology also offers the same type of versatility in industrial environments. Industrial PoE deployment is ideal for infrastructures seeking for a cost-effective mode of deploying a network where power is absent. Receive a Complementary Consultation  

Typical Use-Cases for Industrial PoE  Networking Equipment

PoE in heavy-duty environments eliminates the investment cost of installing electrical cabling in sites where it is commercially or environmentally challenging. In addition, because PoE deployment doesn't require additional power supplies, the technology helps reduce heat dissipation. Power over Ethernet (PoE) has been successfully deployed in sparsely populated areas such as in this Tibetan retreat that utilizes PoE switches to support an IP surveillance camera system. It is not uncommon for industrial environments such as transportation systems, campuses, and factories to utilize industrial PoE switches to power IP surveillance cameras. IP surveillance cameras offer a superior picture quality when compared to analog cameras and is a more scalable solution. Industrial environments such as utility substations, mines and quarries utilize Industrial PoE switches to deploy applications such as sensors (pressure, temperature, etc.), human-machine interfaces (HMI), and wireless access points (WAP) to name a few. Industrial PoE When choosing industrial PoE equipment, it is important to ensure that the equipment’s specifications are compatible with the specific industrial environment under consideration. High quality industrial PoE gear will protect against electrical decoupling— an important measure in electrically demanding environments such as electrical substations.

Industrial PoE Features

In addition, industrial PoE equipment can withstand temperature ranges around -40 to 75 ºC. Our extended models can withstand even steeper operating temperatures of -10 to 60 ºC. Many of these switches are designed to withstand more than the typical outdoor elements. Some industrial networking equipment offer other benefits such as dustproof, weatherproof, and waterproof features. Industrial networking equipment that comes without PoE functionality will offer the same variety of industrial-grade features. Other industrial grade codes include measures for immunity, emission, environment, freefall, vibration, and many others. Browse through our entire product portfolio of certified industrial equipment such as Certified Industrial PoE Switches, Certified Industrial PoE Injectors, Certified Industrial Media Converters, Certified Industrial Switches and Industrial Extenders. Versa Technology | Versatek's Ethernet Extenders | PoE Devices and more Don’t forget to follow us on Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and resources on Power over Ethernet!  
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