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Lingo Watch: PoE

Power over ethernet technology is not new, but it is now making its way into hotels. Here’s a brief primer to keep you up to date on this trend.

Here’s an interesting term that planners may start to come across in their hotel-sourcing efforts: PoE, or power over ethernet.

PoE technology allows ethernet cables that typically carry network communication data to be used simultaneously to deliver power to electrical devices.

While it won’t make a difference in meeting quality, carrying an electrical current over an ethernet cable can reduce a building’s energy consumption and could signal a hotel’s focus on sustainability.

The first hotel to use PoE rather than standard electrical wiring was The Sinclair, which opened in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2019. The property, which dubs itself a “smart hotel” (think digital shower controls and touchscreen mirrors for ordering room service) uses ethernet cables to deliver power to lighting, shades and curtains, door locks, mini fridges, USB-C charging outlets, the heating and cooling system, and more.

Since then, Hotel Marcel, a sustainability-focused property in New Haven, Conn., launched PoE for its lighting system last year. And in April, Manhattan’s Conrad New York Downtown announced a PoE upgrade to its lobby and meeting space lighting (below).

At Conrad New York Downtown, the project includes sending the power over the ethernet cables as well as using low-voltage LED lighting, a combination that is expected to cut the energy needs for lighting by 75 percent and reduce maintenance expenses as well. The Green-LEED certified Conrad also introduConrad.jpgced a new building maintenance system that uses A.I. to help regulate heating and cooling.  This dovetails with other sustainability efforts at the property, such as a recycling program and the elimination of single-use plastics in guest rooms.


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