As companies continue to evolve their digital processes, solutions, and technologies, Power over Ethernet (PoE) can help with just about every aspect of the transition. Using PoE technology can reduce costs, minimize energy usage, increase flexibility, simplify maintenance, and help businesses prepare for the future. PoE helps drives digital transformation. By adopting this technology, businesses can meet their new digital needs with much more convenience.
A major benefit of PoE technology is that it simplifies infrastructure by combining power and internet connection into a single cable. This makes PoE easier and less expensive to install than separate power cables and Ethernet lines. One reason that this simplified setup is so important is that hiring great IT employees is becoming more difficult in today’s job market. Hiring needs are growing while talent remains limited. A more straightforward system means that companies can rely on a smaller IT team or hire staff with less specialized experience without compromising on effectiveness.
Flexibility in Device Placement With a Single Cable
The modern office isn’t limited to desks and offices in fixed locations anymore. Setting up spaces for collaboration and virtual meetings can mean working in areas that don’t have electrical outlets. PoE allows businesses to set up devices in these unconventional spaces without bringing in an electrician. This saves time and money while allowing teams to be more creative and versatile in how they design their workspaces.
Scalability and Easy Expansion
Technology should support a business’s growth, not hinder it. PoE allows for a modular arrangement of devices, which makes adding more devices to support a growing team easy. Adding or rearranging devices without needing to make changes to the wiring can make these expansion processes go much faster without costing more.
Cost Savings on Equipment and Installation
PoE systems are easier to both install and maintain than traditional wiring and Ethernet cables. For example, PoE cables don’t need to be installed by a professional electrician. In most cases, your IT team will have the skills required to set them up. Since many companies have an in-house IT department but no electricians on staff, this can mean significant cost savings. Businesses can set up PoE cables without making any changes to the electrical wiring, which can be essential when they need to set up devices outdoors or in warehouses or other spaces with few or no outlets. Fewer cables mean that less time and effort is required to maintain those cables. Older phone systems can also often be repurposed for PoE. For offices that already have these phone lines, the installation process becomes even simpler.
Enhanced Energy Efficiency
Controlling energy costs can be important to a business’s bottom line. PoE is much more energy-efficient than traditional wiring, which makes it both more sustainable and more cost-effective. While simply switching to PoE only reduces energy usage by about 2%, it makes adding additional energy savings measures possible. For instance, PoE can allow employees to control the brightness in their own work areas individually. One company reduced its power usage by 48% by implementing this system. PoE also allows for central adjustments, like shutting off lights and reducing air conditioning in areas that aren’t being used.
Remote Power Management
PoE makes it easier to control an office’s power supply centrally. This means the IT team can make most adjustments and corrections from their central position. A reduced need for manual repairs and restarts saves time overall while reducing downtime when there’s an issue with power, internet connection, or both.
Integration With IoT and Smart Systems
With the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), more and more devices and systems are becoming smart. PoE simplifies the adoption of these technologies, which can offer businesses several important benefits. Adding smart devices to the workplace lets employees automate repetitive parts of their jobs. This frees up time to focus on areas that are more interesting and add more value. For example, sales teams that use automation are 14.5% more productive with 12.2% lower marketing costs. Integrating PoE with smart systems also helps businesses collect the data they need to support effective and informed decision-making.
Streamlined Maintenance and Troubleshooting
In many cases, PoE allows employees to run diagnostic programs to identify problems remotely. This saves time and reduces frustration for both those responsible for solving the problem and those affected by it. A simpler, remote troubleshooting process means the company can get back online and back to work faster than it would otherwise. An IT team can also run system updates remotely, which makes maintenance simpler and less expensive.
PoE Drives Digital Transformation by Future-Proofing Infrastructure
Smart companies are always thinking about the best way to prepare for the future. Based on current and developing industry standards, PoE is compatible with any systems and devices that companies may want to adopt now, as well as technology that is likely to develop in the near future. Implementing PoE now is likely to be an affordable way to modernize a company’s infrastructure and prepare for future development.
PoE technology itself is also improving to be able to deliver more energy. The initial version of this technology, which was introduced in 2003, provided a power output of only 15.4 Watts. Ultra PoE, which was introduced in 2018, can deliver a power output of 60 W. This growing capacity means that PoE is able to support a growing number of devices that companies need to operate successfully. If this energy need continues to increase, PoE is likely to improve alongside it.
The role of PoE in transforming industries to fit the modern digital world is potentially massive. Companies can use PoE to scale up, lower their energy bills, reduce wasted time, simplify infrastructure, save money, and prepare for the future. From PoE switches to full PoE-based systems, Versa Technology has the expertise and equipment to set your company up for success. Contact us to discuss how we can help you meet your goals with PoE technology.