While a building is simply concrete and glass – it is the technology, people and ideas within that defines its performance. As we move into a fully tech-enabled, digital era, buildings need to do the same – and PoE technology bridges the gap and elevates a building to be smart – allowing us to adapt to an increasingly ‘Smarter’ world.

What is PoE?

Let’s first understand what PoE actually is. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a way of carrying electrical power through CAT5/Ethernet cables, along with data to and from PoE-enabled devices. The immediate advantage is that this reduces cabling requirements for PoE-enabled devices, as opposed to traditional devices which would have required two cables (one for power, and another for data) to achieve the same result.

Better Cost and Efficiency

Because both power and data and transmitted through a single Ethernet cable for PoE devices, this means there will be a reduction in installation costs. In fact, most new construction builders often see a 25 to 30% reduction in installation costs – which are the results of lower material costs and quicker installations of low voltage Cat cables, eliminating the procurement of additional cable and containment.

Furthermore, because PoE devices are transmitting and receiving data, they can often provide owners with an understanding and verification of energy consumption within their building. This in turn can help business owners to make decisions to better utilise their space and energy within the building – which can result in significant savings over time.

Better Interconnectedness

Whether you’re a business owner, school or hospital system, improving the quality of life for your occupants is generally a priority – and PoE systems provide the solution.

PoE systems that are used to communicate between PoE-enabled devices can be programmed to a granular level, which results in better integration and synergy amongst devices. For example, shades in an office or apartment can open or close based on specific time settings or on natural light levels.  The connected HVAC systems, that are connected can also be triggered to turn on to cool the room down, allowing for increased responsiveness in the building.

This amazing synergy between devices will provide enhanced alertness, productivity and sense of well-being for your occupants, which results in increased comfort and productivity.

Better Design & Safety

The ease to power and connect PoE devices and not bound by traditional power sockets or cabling requirements, these devices can literally be placed anywhere – as long as they are in range of a Cat 5 cable. This gives rise to more creative and savvy interior design and makes this technology very competitive.

But apart from it being savvy, PoE enabled devices also provide safety for users – because power comes from a single source, as opposed to different adapters in different sockets – resulting in less possibility of overload, power outages and damage to equipment.

All in all, PoE technology is the way forward as we progress into a world of IoT where devices are getting increasingly smarter and providing users with a way to easily communicate with, manage and maximise the use of their space and devices.

To find out more about PoE technology, and how it can be applied to your space, contact us to learn more about the solutions that we provide!