CommScope opens power-over-Ethernet lab
CommScope has opened an R&D lab in Greensboro, North Carolina, for "power-over-Ethernet" applications. The company aims to test the performance and safety of cabling systems for PoE, especially their thermal performance, according to a press release.
PoE is useful for a variety of applications, such as LED lighting systems, digital signage, "internet of things" networks and security cameras, according to the release. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers recently approved a four-pair PoE standard that enables 90 watts of power at the source equipment. CommScope plans to test the cabling structures of various PoE systems to make sure they can handle this power.
"Next to the data transport itself, PoE is the most important enabler of devices that use structured cabling in enterprise buildings today, which is critical as IT managers look to drive more value out of their installed copper cabling plant and connect more devices," Ernie Pickens, CommScope senior vice president of enterprise solutions, said in the release. "CommScope remains committed to ensuring the safety, reliability and superior performance of our cabling and connectivity solutions for PoE-enabled devices, now and as they evolve."