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Power over Ethernet is a powerful tool for industrial applications

Power over Ethernet is a powerful tool for industrial applications Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a technology that allows devices to accept and transmit power through standard Ethernet cables. This allows the costs of investment and operation to be substantially reduced. Advantech's Industrial Automation Group provides industrial-grade PoE switches which have been adopted around the world.

There are a couple application examples that can be highlighted. The first is for a WiMAX telecom company in Japan who selected Advantech's PoE solution to be the switches for their WiMAX base stations. The second is video surveillance system for an intelligent community in Vancouver, BC Canada, who chose Advantech's industrial-grade PoE switches to save implementation costs.

The biggest WiMAX telecommunication company in Japan, Hitachi Kokusai Denki, provides WiMAX service in seven major cities, and plans to extend its network coverage to 90% of the territory across Japan within the next few years. The most efficient way to establish transfer facilities for public wireless LAN is to establish them on rooftops of existing buildings. In the past this project would take a very long time and require a very large budget because it's difficult to build such an expansive network system with standard power lines. Furthermore, because this system will be installed outdoors, all products must be able to withstand extreme environmental conditions. Therefore, Hitachi Kokusai Denki chose Advantech's new Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches as the solution for this project.

Advantech's EKI-2525P PoE switches feature a compact size and support 4 PoE ports at 15.4W of power per port. These switches greatly enhance the convenience of network installation and decrease the costs of establishment. EKI-2525P also feature a compact metal housing with IP30 protect ion, 3,000 V DC su rge (EFT) protection, 4,000 V DC ESD protection, and wide operating temperatures (-10 ~ 60° C). These remarkable characteristics make EKI-2525P an excellent product for wireless LAN installations.

The video surveillance intercom system in Vancouver, Canada, uses Advantech's industrial-grade PoE switches to connect the various intercom devices in their intelligent community. These switches connect to the local area network and link to the intelligent community management center in order to build a reliable intercom communication system. As the community's intercom system is installed outdoors, Advantech's rugged EKI-2526PI PoE switches were the best choice.

Through Advantech's EKI -2526PI PoE switches, a secure, intelligent community can be accomplished. The switches simplify network establishment and allow the integration of audio, video and network services without having to install additional power lines. Public services in the community can link up effectively; moreover the individual houses and community management centers can connect very quickly.

Industrial PoE switches are gaining rapid growth because of their ruggedness and the rising popularity of network applications. Advantech's PoE solutions are not only IEEE802.3af compliant, but also meet the IEEE802.3at standard; providing up to 25W of power per port. Advantech's PoE-enabled switches can be adopted in a variety of harsh environments and are the best choice for network deployment applications anywhere.
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