“Digital building” has replaced “smart building” as the term that describes the converged use of smart devices to manage the day-to-day operations of facilities. Traditionally, most buildings have separate networks for the devices that operate the building automation, HVAC, access control, and lighting systems. However, managing these separate networks can be difficult and cumbersome. New technologies are creating the possibility of creating a single converged digital building network. In theory, this would remove the complexity of operating several facility-based networks.
Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting is at the core of this digital building revolution. PoE lighting merges technological advances in low voltage (DC) LED lighting with technological advances in PoE IP networking. The connection of these advances creates an exciting Building Internet of Things (BIoT) component and could provide significant cost savings and unforeseen benefits to the way we work and live.
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