What You Need to Know about the Benefits of PoE
June 14, 2017
What’s one way to save money in buildings such as schools, hospitals, office spaces or a home? The answer can be as simple as lighting. There have been many advancements in lighting through the years, and at Igor, we’ve placed ourselves at the forefront of Power over Ethernet lighting technology.
To understand the benefits of PoE lighting, it helps to review the basics: What is PoE, and how does PoE work?
What is PoE Technology?
PoE stands for Power over Ethernet and refers to the ability to use an Ethernet cord to carry network data and electrical power to whatever is connected. One common use of the Ethernet cord is to connect it to a computer or laptop to send and receive network data which forms the basis of an internet connection.
Typically, Ethernet cords were not used to power lighting devices as the power demands for lights were too much for the cord to transmit. However, lighting has evolved and the rise of LEDs has made lights so energy efficient that one Ethernet cord can power and control multiple light fixtures at once.
How Power over Ethernet technology works with Igor’s system ends up being very simple. Once the Igor hardware is set up, the Igor node acts as an intelligent lighting hub by receiving power and data from the network switch and passing it downstream to the devices connected to the system. As light fixtures and devices are connected to the network, the Igor node automatically discovers and reports those devices back to the Igor Gateway software for easy plug-and-play functionality. Once identified, each device receives an IP address from the local network to simplify installation and make custom configurations easy. From there, Igor’s Intelligent Lighting Platform can be used to customize, control, and learn from the connected devices.
The Benefits of Power over Ethernet Technology
Initially, one may wonder why they should adopt PoE lighting when LEDs provide significant power savings immediately. In general, the top PoE benefits include:
Further cost savings
Installation of PoE is cheaper than traditional electrical work, operating costs are lower over the course of the PoE lifetime, and data can inform further decisions to save costs without sacrificing lighting quality for occupants. Read more here about a real-world example of Igor’s PoE Platform delivering on this promise.
Easy, low-voltage installation
Because PoE voltages are typically less than 60 volts, they don’t need conduit or metal cladding which in turn helps increase the speed of installations, decreases the hazards of typical electrical work and dramatically reduces the overall cost of installation.
Enhanced control and flexibility
Once installed, PoE controlled devices can be moved quickly and reconnected to a new PoE system and immediately begin working again. Additionally, by having devices connected to a cord that also provides network data, one can use an application to manage and control large spaces to create custom commands that can be executed as needed.
Since data travels both ways, PoE LED lighting software not only sends data and commands, but also collects data to provide deeper insights, further cost savings, and opportunities to enhance the lighting environment for occupants.
In addition to making good business sense, PoE lighting can provide further benefits to a building’s occupants by optimizing lighting levels, balancing light colors and enhancing safety. Furthermore, PoE LED lighting platforms dramatically decrease energy demands from lights and devices connected to the PoE system, providing environmental benefits to society while minimizing a building’s exposure to energy cost fluctuations.
Robust, secure, and reliable
Unlike devices reliant on wireless technology, the Ethernet cord allows for significant flexibility while maintaining a connected system. This eliminates the risk of wireless disruptions and allows for additional security features to be applied to the system.
The Additional Advantages of Igor’s PoE Technology
All basic, functional PoE systems should provide these benefits to users at a minimum. Igor continues to work to be on the forefront of this technology, meaning that there are additional benefits to using the Igor Intelligent Lighting Platform:
Tunable White Lighting
To have a white-tunable environment means that the lights are adjustable on a scale of warm, neutral, and cool lighting. Using the right balance of warm and cool lighting, building owners can help boost productivity, optimize shopping environments, enhance learning environments, and improve patient outcomes and recoveries.
Emergency Lighting Support
Using Igor’s patented technology, administrators can designate emergency lights within the Igor Gateway software that are served by an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). A UPS is a device that allows a computer to keep running for a short amount of time when its primary power source is lost. What does this all mean? In the event of a power failure, the Gateway would lose communication with the designated emergency lights. When that disruption occurs, the designated emergency lights will resort to their program commands and return to their designated safe level.
This feature empowers third-party developers to create applications to expand user capabilities. This addition to the Igor Gateway Software creates the ability for any third-party developer or user to create dynamic real-time events to meet critical business needs. For example, a user could indicate that they want to be notified by email or SMS whenever a motion sensor in a specific area of the building is triggered during a specified timeframe. When that event is triggered - such as movement in an area of the building that should not be in use - the notification is sent to the designation recipient.
Through Igor’s fully integrated PoE communication platform, any lighting manufacturer’s LED fixtures and sensors can be connected to a powerful AI-enabled cloud analytics option, which allows for customizable dashboards that detail energy usage and sensor data into real, actionable intelligence.
Ongoing Service & Support
Software updates are pushed automatically to ensure the highest security protections and analytics capabilities at all times. Technology support exists to ensure a quality product experience. Furthermore, Igor believes in in the importance of building personal relationships with those who work alongside the company as partners and customers.
Discover the Power of Igor’s PoE Lighting Technology
Power over Ethernet lighting is quickly gaining momentum in the marketplace because the benefits are so compelling. Don’t get left behind: Learn more or request a demo about how Igor can make your building intelligent with their easy-to-use PoE technology.