Most people spend about one third of their lives at work or, perhaps more specifically, at their offices, so it makes sense that these environments should be optimized for productivity, as well as for health and efficiency. Although, for many, the idea of an office building brings to mind an endless sea of cubicles, advanced technology is redefining what is possible for office spaces everywhere.
Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology has already begun making its way into office buildings around the world. Buildings created with the goal of providing an incubator for entrepreneurs and small businesses have proved to be some of the earliest adopters of PoE, likely because of their inherent focus on innovation and market disruption. One such example is Launch Fishers, a facility in Fishers, Indiana dedicated to local entrepreneurs in the specific areas of health, biotech and other rapidly expanding markets. By working with Superior Essex and partners Platformatics and Cisco, Launch Fishers, a 52,000 square foot flexible coworking space, created a space engineered for innovation.
For Launch Fishers, Superior Essex supplied over 10,000 feet of PowerWise™ CAT 5e+ cable, which is specifically designed to stand up to the rigorous needs of high-power PoE components, including applications such as LED lighting. PoE technology has allowed the building to excel in several key areas, including:
- Efficiency. PowerWise™ CAT 5e+ is able to deliver the required 60W Watts of power to support LED lights with 97% power efficiency, while also supporting one gigabit data transmission and eliminating the need for additional wiring.
- Environmental control. Whereas traditional buildings often utilize fluorescent lights without options for customization...Supported by Superior Essex PowerWise™ cable, Platformatics created a fully customizable lighting system, allowing spaces to be used in a variety of different ways and improving employee comfort.
- Security. The Cisco Digital Ceiling framework consolidates multiple systems, including lighting, climate and security onto a single IP network, allowing for increased building monitoring and improving safety and comfort for occupants.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of a PoE wired digital building can be summed up in one word: flexibility. Digital buildings, such as Launch Fishers, streamline building operations, creating an environment engineered for occupant comfort, productivity and safety, a result made possible by the innovation of PoE technology.