Twisted-copper cabling may not be used in data centers for much longer, but there are plenty of applications where twisted pair cabling is emerging as a strong contender. Increasingly, building applications are connecting to their facilities’ IP networks. This means connecting, integrating, controlling, and powering non-traditional IP devices such as lights, cameras, and many others to the network for maximum efficiency. Embedded sensors in these devices will collect billions of data points that will produce actionable analytics to drive productivity improvements. Copper cabling’s ability to deliver power to end devices is providing the medium with opportunities to serve multiple building systems. PoE is emerging as the most important enabler of devices that use structured cabling in enterprise buildings today, which is critical as IT managers look to drive more value out of their installed copper cabling plant and connect more devices.
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