Power over Ethernet (PoE) computers are growing in popularity

3568R (22 Dual Monitor)
How is POE changing the way computers operate?

The ability to run devices over a low voltage ethernet cable has been growing in popularity for the past 15 years and is now well established. The traditional 240 volts approach to powering an electrical IT infrastructure is no longer the assumed choice. PoE is eliminating the dependency on contractors and electrical infrastructure that are currently costing companies both financially and environmentally.

The widespread adoption of PoE fits perfectly into a smart building. Our partners at Thinlabs provide a range of PoE computers, screens and monitors that operate through a single data cable. With over 6,500 PoE computers now in use across the world, they are significantly growing in this market and are developing the most energy efficient digital monitors globally.

Thinlabs products use a quarter of the energy than traditional computers, allowing a standard 22-inch desktop to use less than 30 watts of power. Computers are more commonly being powered through a single data cable that provides the information required for the computers, monitors and digital signage, whilst significantly using less energy and reducing costs.


Intelligent systems that run on data cables

Scenariio design and install intelligent sensor networks that operate entirely on data cables. The system provides a wealth of useful data in real-time that delivers insights to space utilisation, temperature, natural light levels and power consumption. Thinlabs screens accompany the ethos of their low voltage system perfectly.

An intelligent sensor network can now effectively operate with core building components including lighting, Wi-Fi, security and HVAC, to name but a few. This infrastructure is becoming the first choice for new buildings embracing smart technology. The online platform enables all devices connected to the internet of things (IoT) to exchange and analyse data helping businesses make smarter decisions for their buildings.

Thinlab technology was introduced into the Scenariio workspace to enhance the low voltage smart lighting system at their innovation centre. The screens and desktop computers that are connected to management software enable them to run all of the digital signage across their workspace on a minimum power source. In addition, the management software that Thinlab provides enables them to manage their screen through one central system. The software is ideal for a large organisation where all updates and installations can happen at a single terminal without disruption.

The Thinlab system is backed- up by an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) ensuring the entire IT infrastructure can run on smart charging batteries, operated by a simple switch, located in the server room, for a limited time if a local blackout or brown out is experienced. The reliable system enables workers to continue working safely at their screens if the ‘stay put policy’ has been authorised and adequate emergency lighting is in place. The screens also reduce heat generated in the workplace, minimising cooling requirements, in turn, creating a more efficient and healthier place for the workforce.

A flexible system

The technology speeds up installation timelines and makes office moves very simple. Less cabling provides a neater solution making internal moves of screens and computers painless enabling businesses to quickly reconfigure their space as desired. The plug and play ease of the system significantly improves the speed of installation times. Thinlabs PoE devices use less than 57V DC meaning it is safer to use with the general public leading to improved health and safety.

Talk to Scenariio about configuring a low-voltage sensor-rich work environment for your business that incorporates Thinlabs screens into your workspace making it smarter and greener and reduces costs significantly.


Contact us at info@scenariio.com or call 01332 258356

Rebecca Shaw
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