Power over Ethernet is being used by both hotels and retailers across the globe to provide the best possible experience to their guests and customers. Several studies have shown that outfitting a hotel with advanced technology – such as mobile apps to control temperature and lighting, for example – results in a better overall stay. Likewise, PoE technology can be used to operate wireless access points, IP cameras, and RFID readers in retail stores and warehouses. PoE is a great way to cut costs, boost efficiency, and maximize ROI.
PoE ExplainedPicture Power over Ethernet (PoE) as the technology used by telephone companies. Just like telephone lines carry voice and power through the same cable, PoE technology carries networking data and power over the same Ethernet cable.
“Power over Ethernet (PoE) allows for installation of remote or outside equipment without having to connect to AC power. This allows power to be delivered to more areas without the need to install additional electrical infrastructure or to have power outlets at every endpoint. Equipment can be installed without the need for an electrician and because ethernet cable costs less and is often already installed in buildings, PoE-based systems are far more cost-effective and efficient.”Needless to say, PoE technology creates a whole host of new networking possibilities in a plethora of different industries, including both hospitality and retail. PoE is based on a universal standard, the most recent of which is the 100W, IEEE 802.3bt standard. There have been several PoE standards created since PoE’s inception – each successive generation allowed for more power to be carried over a single PoE cable