After decades of focusing on LED lighting for energy efficiency, attention is shifting to intelligent PoE technologies that leverage the Internet of Things (IoT). The availability of low-cost, ultra-miniature LEDs, sensors and communications protocols now makes it possible to embed Internet connectivity into every lighting fixture and many low-wattage sensors, and to do so with a low price tag. Because the entire system is powered and controlled over a standard Ethernet connection and PoE ports, network-enabled PoE devices can provide any user immediate access and building automation control over the entire system.
PoE and Intelligent Lighting Control
LEDs are already used far beyond their basic lighting function in building automation applications to indicate occupancy, adjust mood, conserve energy and remote control. Their use expands by combining intelligence with movement or ambient light sensors and interconnecting the PoE nodes in a programmable network.
These intelligent lighting advancements are now impacting all areas of society. From government buildings to healthcare facilities and homes, PoE’s applications are quite diverse. From providing better intelligent lighting control to asset management, major IT network providers like Cisco are providing PoE standards to enable Power over Ethernet solutions to all industries.
PoE at Work in Health Care
There are many factors that affect a patient's experience in a hospital or clinic and increasingly the research on patient well-being has expanded to include the environment in which they recover. Of all the possible structural tools a hospital can manipulate to improve the atmosphere, lighting is one of the most important and one of the easiest to improve. Lighting's value goes beyond safety and includes setting the mood for comfort, stress relief, and optimized recoveries. The stereotype of the flickering or buzzing fluorescent light is becoming increasingly unacceptable in modern medicine.
PoE and Ambient Lighting
Ambient lighting in hospital rooms and on the hospital premises can influence a patient’s well-being by directly controlling the body’s circadian system or enhancing lighting for accomplishing critical visual tasks. Hospital lights that respond to sunlight outside and allow for daylight harvesting can have a serious impact on the happiness of its residents. This is becoming increasingly accepted as fact as research findings show that lighting influences the mood and perception of patients and healthcare staff which - when optimized - may contribute to improved patient outcomes.
Igor's PoE Lighting Lowers Facility Costs
Hospital and healthcare facilities managers are then put in a difficult position as they see their budgets tighten at the same time that the public demands better quality care and improved facilities. In this situation, intelligent PoE lighting is the ideal option. Igor's PoE lighting platform works with LEDs to bring down the cost of operating the facility while improving the quality of lighting. It is the perfect solution for hospitals that have a solid but dated structure and who need to work around the regulations and ever-changing safety requirements. PoE lighting will allow for improved benefits today while setting the facility up to flexibly accommodate changes in the future. PoE technology can go further than just lighting - it can also be a platform to continue to optimize operational efficiency and safety by using sensors to alert staff to suspicious movement of people, or to dim lights that are not being used.
For patient comfort, employee safety, and budgets, hospital infrastructure development professionals believe that PoE specifications are critical in the implementation of hospital lighting today.