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For years, Ethernet was synonymous with communication signals via cable, with the technology instrumental in opening the door to a host of networking possibilities, including in commercial settings such as office buildings, hotels, and retail spaces. Today, this is how PoE is transforming buildings with the focus on PoE, or Power over Ethernet, that sees both electrical power and data in one cable, resulting in a faster, more flexible, and more efficient system.

Smart Lighting

Light bulb technology has always been driven by improving energy efficiency and lifespan. The IoT era promises a radical transformation for building infrastructure and Luminetworx is helping to lead the way.

PoE is an increasingly important tool for devices related to the Internet of Things, or IoT, pushing its way into every element of building design and operations. It’s a simple approach with big payoffs. For example, a single cable that sends both data transmission and enough electricity to power less-demanding devices such as lighting, MEP’s allows for a more flexible and extensible building environment. This process can not only lower costs, deliver stronger security, and improve sale or lease opportunities, but increase worker productivity as well.How PoE is Transforming Buildings

Before PoE, these two systems could work together over an IP network, but they still required separate data and electrical connections and proximity to electrical outlets. As PoE power levels have steadily increased from 15W to 60W, it’s now possible to deliver 100W of data and power over a single cable.

A Luminetworx PoE lighting system connected to a network offers incredible benefits:

  • Improved control over light quality

  • Lower energy bills

  • Longer bulb life

  • Standard RJ45 connectors that enable a light to have its own IP address for monitoring

  • Data can be generated on daylight, temperature, and occupancy making it easy to change lighting levels as needed

  • Consistent reliable performance 

One of PoE LED lighting’s greatest advantages is that it recognizes how light has a positive or negative effect on people. Lighting conditions have a direct impact on people’s circadian rhythms—the physical, mental, and behavioral changes that are in sync with the 24-hour day. A human-centric approach to lighting can result in a person’s enhanced performance and overall well-being.

POE AND THE FUTURE OF SMART BUILDINGS

Just about any building is a good candidate for a PoE infrastructure. Architects, engineers, and builders can all work together with IT departments to bring PoE networks to the forefront in commercial properties like offices, factories, warehouses, and living spaces. And PoE eliminates the need to hire a professional electrician to install extra circuitry in a building. Instead, PoE LED light sources, environmental sensors, MEP controls and premise security can be easily installed at nearly any location by end users or IT personnel. 

The ability to seamlessly manage building controls to an IP-based framework brings an enormous advantage to building owners. To meet the growing demand, LV Energy Systems is developing increasingly efficient and exciting lighting products and other core PoE infrastructure to replace traditional systems.

CONCLUSION

PoE and IoT are revolutionizing the commercial building sector, especially in office buildings and health facilities. The technology is less expensive to install, more efficient, and more effective than legacy networks. It can also create a more comfortable and secure working environment. It’s safe to say that PoE is a viable power source that truly reflects the future of smart building design. This is how PoE is transforming buildings.

To find out more about the LV Energy Systems PoE Solutions contact us now.

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