The Mysterious Use-Cases of Industrial Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Networking GearDelia Hernandez
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.
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.
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.
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