PowerDsine Unveils Power over Ethernet Midspans for High-Power Device

2/3/2004 - PowerDsine®, the leading provider of Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology, unveiled the PowerDsine 8000 family of midspans for Ethernet-connected devices such as, Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) network cameras, colour touch-screen Voice over IP (VoIP) telephones and multi-channel wireless LAN access points, that have high-power consumption requirements.

PowerDsine's Power over Ethernet technology is the first in the market to supply reliable, uninterrupted power to IP phones, wireless LAN access points, and other devices using existing LAN cable infrastructure.

The PowerDsine 8000 midspans benefit security enterprises by saving considerable time and money because PoE technology eliminates the need to wire additional AC outlets for security networks. The new midspans provide more power per port, with the power distributed to each port based on its specific requirements, and it provides wireless access.

For example, IP-based surveillance cameras are mounted at particular locations to monitor specific targets, such as entry and exit doors, data centres, parking areas and remote warehouses. At these unique placements outside of protected facilities, it is rare to find an available AC outlet making installation of a surveillance camera rather expensive. The Web-based SNMP remote management feature enables configuration of midspans. IT administrators can remotely reset and monitor for network camera tampering.

"Security investment is improving and PoE has great potential in 2004 in this market. Over the last year, Power over Ethernet has been well-adopted to a point where 90% of wireless LAN access points and VoIP phones are being installed with the technology. Now we are expecting a similar trend in the security market and PoE is expected to be the largest growth area in 2004. Customers installing network cameras manufactured by Sony, Axis, Philips/Bosch and Panasonic, are saving thousands of dollars with Power over Ethernet," said Ronen Heldman, PowerDsine's vice president of marketing.

The new 8000 midspans are fully compliant with the IEEE 802.3af PoE global standard, while also supporting these types of applications which require more power.

Mr Heldman continues, "While the IEEE 802.3af standard currently dictates a 12.95 Watt maximum power consumption, we learned from our resellers and distributors that end users were demanding more power for niche applications. Manufacturers who are in the process of producing PTZ network cameras, IP phones and multi-channel wireless LAN access points, looked to PowerDsine as the PoE market leader to develop a solution for these terminals which consume in the order of 20 Watts."

The first members of the PowerDsine Power over Ethernet 8000 midspan family will ship in 12- and 6-port versions, the 8012 and 8006 models, respectively. PowerDsine 8012 and 8006 Midspans will be available in April 2004.

About IEEE 802.3af Standard
The standard, approved by the IEEE Standards Board on June 12, 2003, outlines how to feed power to Ethernet-connected devices, such as VoIP phones, wireless LAN access points, and IP network cameras, over Ethernet cabling. For more information on the standard, go to http://www.standards.ieee.org. 802.3af addresses and defines the following issues:

About PowerDsine
PowerDsine is the Power over Ethernet technology Pioneer, providing the ability to deliver both power and data over a single network cable. PowerDsine offers converged power and data solutions to corporate users via its own range of equipment and via OEM agreements with the leading communications equipment manufacturers in the telecom and datacom industries. PowerDsine's product line offers a variety of Power over Ethernet midspan devices as well as integrated solutions, which are embedded directly into Ethernet switches. PowerDsine is a founding member of the IEEE 802.3af Task Force. For more information, please visit http://www.powerdsine.com.

PowerDsine is a registered trademark of PowerDsine Ltd.

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