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Your Guide to Digital Electricity

by Teddi Strassburger on February 20, 2019

AdobeStock_113982913First of all, what even is Digital Electricity™? It's a new way to safely distribute high-voltage power over long distances. Don't get it confused with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) - this is a new technology that converts DC power into packets, and it can transfer high levels of power over non-power cable. We're talking really high levels - 20 times the power and 20 times the distance currently available with PoE. Think of all you can do with all that power - you can support your entire building's wireless system!

For the complete Digital Electricity™ system, you need transmitters and receivers. Let's talk about those components. The transmitter looks like a server, and it takes in AC or DC power and sends it out on individual electrical circuits. Specialized Digital Electricity™ cable is used to distribute the power. The receiver then, well, receives the electricity from a transmitter and converts the energy packets into the required form. It's a simple chain of events to transmit a huge amount of power. 

Now, let's look at why you might want to implement a Digital Electricity™ system. Think about a DAS (Distributed Antenna System). A DAS supports the increasing number of devices and mobile users, without interrupting the speed of the content being created and shared. Basically, it keeps everyone and everything connected, and in order to do that, it requires power. Typically, to power a DAS, you need to have access to power where the radios are located, due to the power requirement. With Digital Electricity™, you can power the radios remotely, and you no longer have to worry about access to power. That means the radios can be placed in more optimal positions for better coverage. 

Digital Electricity™ provides power to wireless systems, such as a DAS, to ensure everyone can continue operations at all times. Plus, those specified Digital Electricity™ cables don't require an electrician; low-voltage installers and systems integrators can complete the install. They're easy to relocate and reuse as well. Digital Electricity™ also offers inherent embedded data capabilities for energy management, monitoring and control, meaning it can be used to remotely power and centrally back up DAS remotes, IoT sensors and more. Really, the possibilities and potential are endless.

Belden's Digital Electricity™ cables help you do all of this. Want to learn more? Click here to contact your local Accu-Tech representative. 

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