Internet of Things (IoT) is a reality. AV systems, security cameras and building management systems have now become part of your network. Nearly all IoT connections are now made using IP (internet protocol), which could hypothetically allow tens of billions of devices to connect to just one network.
As a result, Power over Ethernet (PoE) is also on the rise. In fact, BSRIA predicts that more than 80% of wireless access points (WAPs) will rely on PoE as a way to transmit electrical power and data to remote devices over standard twisted-pair wire in an Ethernet network by 2020. Between 20% and 50% of other devices and applications – security cameras, access control systems, lighting and HVAC – are all predicted to rely on PoE by 2020.