PoE-based products are widely deployed from small-sized homes to large-scale factories or office buildings to meet various end-users’ needs. In most of the cases, they are applied for connectivity and security & access control applications. Apart from that, with the growing popularity of PoE lighting, PoE lighting solutions are also becoming more ubiquitous in PoE applications. Classified by the end-user types, there are industrial, commercial, and residential three main types in the Power over Ethernet market. Considering the specific end-user types, PoE applications show differences.
Residential PoE Applications
In recent years, PoE devices for homes have been in their new application stage with the arrival of PoE smart homes. By connecting PoE devices of homes together, the PoE smart home enables centralized management.
For example, by connecting a managed PoE switch with PoE LED lights and other smart home accessories such as wireless communication modules, a PoE lighting network can be built. Within that network, the user is able to dynamically monitor and control the whole LED lighting system.
PoE supports a full range of lighting capabilities, but that’s just the beginning. The centralized management capabilities of PoE for lighting, temperature, energy, home entertainment, IP security, and other devices such as appliances and door locks allow the homeowners to monitor and control their homes remotely via phones or tablets. By means of intelligent PoE technology, there is a tendency for more and more families to bring PoE applications in their own homes.
Commercial PoE Applications
Generally, office, retail, and health care are the top three contributors to the PoE commercial field. Similar to the PoE smart home, the PoE smart office building also is one of the most popular PoE solutions in the PoE market. Especially with the IEEE802.3bt standard carried out, more power-hungry devices now can be involved in the PoE office network.
For instance, in a PoE++ network, the PoE switch delivers a max. power per port up to 100W. In that case, commonly used PoE devices in office buildings like digital signage displays, point-of-sale systems, LCD televisions, and computer monitors can be connected together to build a PoE smart building.
The wireless access points segment is an important sector in commercial fields, which is expected to exhibit a growth rate of over 18% over the forecast timeline in the Power over Ethernet solutions market. Since they allow enterprises to establish connectivity among other devices connected to a wired & wireless network, there is a tendency for more indoor & outdoor WAP adoptions. Besides, the PoE-enabled access points can also provide seamless data connectivity in high-traffic areas such as shopping centers, stadiums, campuses, and airports to meet the ever-growing networking demands in commercial sections.
Industrial PoE Applications
In an industrial environment, especially for the manufacturing field, industrial automation has been an overwhelming trend. With that trend, the PoE industrial applications have also accelerated its pace to stay competitive over the PoE market.
The manufacturing community is turning to digitization to stay competitive. Adopting PoE applications in daily operations will enable to speed up the manufacturing process with more economic benefits. PoE devices like sensors and IP cameras can be used for managers to observe manufacturing floors to monitor automated equipment and employee behaviors. Both the operation cost and administrative time can be greatly reduced for manufacturers accordingly.
Technological advancements and the growing penetration of IoT in the industrial sectors have resulted in the improvements of PoE devices for better PoE deployment. The relevant PoE devices that have better performances are applied in some harsh environments to support a wider range of industry applications, which also accelerate the development of PoE applications.