Many devices can be powered by an Ethernet cable that runs overhead or from behind a wall — including clocks. Power over Ethernet (PoE) has become a popular way to provide power and information to Internet Protocol (IP) clock networks for a couple of compelling reasons: saving money and easy installation.
Top benefits of PoE clocks
- Lower installation and operation costs than other types of systems
- No need for electrical outlets, master clocks, serial connections or other add-ons
- Ability to easily assign a schedule to each clock
- Get synchronized, accurate time throughout your building
Let’s take a closer look at how these clocks can cut costs...
How PoE Clocks Save Money
Most buildings have Ethernet cables installed into the infrastructure to provide internet service, so why not connect your clocks to them as well? By using power via your Ethernet cables, there's no need for electrical outlets, batteries or other add-ons. Power and data are sent by a CAT 5 or CAT 6 Ethernet cable to keep your clocks running together and displaying the same, precise time.
If your building is new construction or an addition, PoE clocks are a great choice because there’s no need to install specific electrical cables or conduit and outlets to run the clocks. Furthermore, you won’t have to hire any electricians to install the clocks.
Thanks to a reliable, accurate way to synchronize time throughout the day, PoE Clocks require far less maintenance attention than typical clocks: No more adjusting the time when there’s a complaint and no more adjusting every single clock during daylight saving time changes. Instead, maintenance staff can spend time (and budget) on other issues.
PoE clock systems are less costly to install and easy to schedule depending on the needs of your building or campus. For instance, most systems include a software application or web interface that allows the system administrator to quickly and easily tackle tasks like programming class changes or adjustments for daylight saving time.