Power over Ethernet (PoE) does more than simply power and control lighting fixtures. Nexos, Igor's PoE-based platform, is designed with the "Smart Building" in mind. The concept of smart buildings may have grown out of the sustainability movement, but they contribute more value to businesses than just increased energy efficiency. Smart buildings expand the health, utility, and value of all their resources – both human and capital. Smart buildings enable innovation by using an IoT PoE platform to access information for actionable insights, drawn from all of the data produced by the connected devices. Without a smart platform to manage the data, such as Nexos, it would be impossible to mine through all of the data produced for insights.
PoE and Smart Building Automation
Igor's PoE platform, Nexos, has the capability to connect all electrical elements of a building - lighting, sensors, fans, blinds, security, emergency lighting, heating and cooling sensors, and so on - into one hub. Anything connected with an Ethernet cord to the Igor PoE Intelligent Building platform is assigned an IP address, allowing it to be controlled and monitored using the Igor software applications.
Using Nexos, businesses will be able to operate at a new level of efficiency by using their facility data in new ways, leveraging the connection between formerly independent systems. These benefits are not temporary, but rather they extend throughout the entire lifetime of the building, from modeling and design to renovation and beyond. More importantly, smart buildings are ready for a future where IT and human innovation combine to provide not just the roof overhead, but also the information to make possible a truly artificial intelligence (AI) enabled world.
Internet of Things (IoT)
As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a mechanism for power delivery as well as data, intelligent PoE lighting will be leading the way for other technologies to join the IoT due to lighting's unique challenges. Lighting, more than almost any other building component, requires real-time actions and reactions. While occupants may be willing to wait a few minutes for the air conditioning to turn on, any noticeable lag in lighting commands and actions is unacceptable to the user. This means that developing a PoE system to control and power lighting requires the development of real-time technology. With this challenge in mind, Igor has developed Nexos with a seamlessly integrated native lighting controls application that supports real-time and advanced directives. Nexos has some of the most advanced intelligent PoE lighting controls available in the market today, and it has an open API that can integrate various building applications into one building automation system to simplify the life of building owners.
For buildings containing multiple floors, building owners and contractors should be looking at the data and considering the use of intelligent lighting from a cost and value-engineering perspective, as it applies to systems like VoIP, security cameras with pan-tilt-zoom capability, LED lighting and other wireless access points and PoE ports. If facilities need or use these technologies, Igor's PoE technology is a great option for the contractor looking to extend their reach and provide a technology that delights the end-user and simplifies the day-to-day management of a smart building. With today’s systems requiring so many appliances, it is imperative for electrical contractors to consider PoE upgrades to ensure that their customers’ green buildings are smart enough for the 21st century.