Power over Ethernet (PoE) is set to experience exponential growth in the near future, according to several new studies.
Research from Grand View Research, the world’s largest business intelligence (BI) agency, projects that the global PoE market is set to exceed $3.75 billion (£2.4 billion) by 2025. The study suggests that rising demand for the cost-effective communication is likely to drive market growth. In addition, the increasing adoption of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) in the application industry has also contributed to boosted market demand.
However, the research suggested that while leveraging the technology has its benefits, it can lead to higher capital expenditure on electrical and data infrastructure. Grand View Research believes that inadequate power supplies and slow adoption rate of the technology has the potential to hamper the growth of the industry.
Further research that appeared in an article in the Data Center Journal estimates that the number of PoE ports installed already has surpassed 100 million, while approval of the 4-Pair PoE standard is expected to happen in 2018. This will pave the way for an additional 45 million devices to be powered by the network.
PoE technology is able to safely transmit electricity and data over twisted pair cabling to remote devices. Initially, people were introduced to the technology through the use of VoIP telephones, spurring the industry on to deploy devices that better utilised PoE.
Speaking about the new studies, Ed Solis, director of enterprise strategy at CommScope, said: “Serving the intelligent building marketplace today demands support for PoE and an ecosystem approach that brings technology leaders together to deliver best-in-class solutions.
“CommScope’s networking experts work in standards organisations to help evolve PoE standards and directly with partners and customers to provide efficient PoE delivery solutions.”
The firm, a global leader in network infrastructure solutions, is committed to supporting the increasing PoE needs of its customers. It has introduced new software capabilities in imVision, which is a one-of-a-kind automated infrastructure management (AIM) system, helping IT managers to keep track of the location of PoE-powered devices and improving visibility.
According to the new studies, PoE growth trends are linked to the expansion of Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are installed in buildings – such as LED lighting systems and security cameras – as well as the convergence of IT and building operations technology
In November 2017, CommScope hosted a webinar to examine the latest PoE standards, implications of the technology in buildings and how the imVision management solution can help customers truly realise the potential of PoE.
The firm has made important contributions to PoE standardisation efforts in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), as well as cabling standards groups, such as Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC), and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC).