POE: POWER OVER ETHERNET OR PHILIPS OVER EVERYONE ELSE? By Chris Brown - Energy Watch News


POE: POWER OVER ETHERNET OR PHILIPS OVER EVERYONE ELSE? By Chris Brown

-Or should it be BoE… “Beginning of End” for some lighting distributors. Illumigeddon got real last month with the announcement of an alliance between Philips and Cisco to promote PoE and networked lighting. I asked the question in 2014: When technology and lighting get together, who drives the bus? No surprise that Cisco is now officially in our game… not after Cisco was a keynote speaker at Strategies in Light in 2015 and recently at a DoE lighting conference. The chilling question for distribution now is “Who will be selling the products of this and other expected lighting and technology alliances?” And if existing lighting distribution will be selling PoE, there may be a steep learning curve regarding smart, networked lighting and related connectivity and networking gear. As my friend Bill Warren is fond of saying, “This is a real game changer!” TED.mag.com

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