Can PoE Only be Used to Control Light?

As light and network management becomes smarter, the infrastructure must be in tune with the evolution of technology and make control easier. This blog post is about PoE, what it can and how it makes IoT even stronger.

Intelligent Lighting with PoE

Power over Ethernet is the new black in lighting and a technology that will shape tomorrow's network ecosystem. If Internet of Things (IoT) applications are scaled up, the number of connected devices will increase as well, which will make infrastructure supply more complex.

Intelligent lighting is just one of the benefits you will gain as soon as you choose to have a PoE system installed. Many people have stated; this technology only helps you control the light, but from our point of view it is just a myth and hopefully this will yet be dispelled. PoE software solutions strengthen much more than lighting, and is a natural development that will be seen in many industries in the future - if the infrastructure is in place, you may want to consider implementing PoE that will give you far more options than just lighting control.

Take Advantage of Benefits

PoE's real advantage is its two-way data transmission. With the right software programs, PoE-powered lighting can bring you several benefits:

  • To optimize light levels and provide the best experience of lighting for buildings, rooms and more can granular control and real-time data analysis be used to maximize energy savings even more.

  • PoE provides more compatibility and connectivity cables that comply with international standards.

  • Low voltage wiring is more cost effective, easier and safer to install. In addition, you will gain greater flexibility for any changes and optimizations in the future.

An Example - How To Make Things Easier

This type of lighting is especially relevant in hospitals and health care centers, which are used in relation to sensors that "talk" with medical devices. Thus, it can help minimizing nightfall’s as sensors will detect this and be triggered if a resident gets up and e.g. needs to go the toilet. In such a case, a low-level light will switch on for the occupant / patient to see the way to and from the toilet. It will also be relevant to apply to patients with dementia where bedside sensors give nurses notice when a person gets up. These bedside sensors can either be PoE-powered or connected via real-time Bluetooth, providing better conditions for both personnel and patients.

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