Moxa launches EDS-P506E-4PoE series of PoE switches for high-power ITS applications

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One of the leading providers of networking equipment for the transportation industry Moxa has launched the new EDS-P506E-4PoE series of Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switches that have been developed to supply ‘power-hungry’ ITS devices in harsh environments.

Most transportation agencies are aware that their outdoor IP (Internet Protocol) surveillance networks can reap substantial benefits from the use of PoE technologies. Although PoE systems can save considerable deployment costs and effort by transmitting data and power over the same cable, system integrators need to consider power consumption, network bandwidth, fault recovery and cybersecurity requirements in order to ensure high reliability and availability for their monitoring and CCTV surveillance networks.

Designed to meet the operational requirements of intelligent transportation systems (ITS), traffic monitoring networks, and public infrastructure or utilities, the EDS-P506E-4PoE’s feature set includes: device-level cybersecurity, remote control and the capability to monitor several powered devices.

In addition to being exceptionally rugged, each of the new switch’s four ports deliver up to 60W to power IP cameras employing energy-draining functions such as pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ), infrared illumination, heaters, wipers and fans. The EDS-P506E-4PoE also features SFP (small form-factor pluggable) fiber ports that can transmit data up to 75 miles (120km) from the device to the control center with high EMI immunity, while its two gigabit combo ports support high-bandwidth communications.

One of the key features of the EDS-P506E-4PoE is its Smart PoE software that facilitates web accessible PD diagnostics and management. It helps end-users achieve automatic PD detection of power class, status, and errors for diagnostics, while checking for device failure.

In the event of camera failure, freeze or lag, the EDS-P506E-4PoE unit automatically reboots the camera. To ensure uptime for data and power transfer in harsh conditions, the EDS-P506E-4PoE supports millisecond-level failover redundancy, along with dual power inputs, and -40°C to 75°C (-40°F to 167°F) operating temperature range to ensure constant connections. The switches incorporate embedded cybersecurity protection based on the IEC 62443 standard to protect the network from unauthorized device access.

The Moxa EDS-P506E-4PoE units are NEMA-TS2 compliant and feature:

• 2-port gigabit and 4-port fast Ethernet with PoE+/60 W functionality;

• Up to 60W output per PoE port;

• Supports 12/24/48V DC wide input voltage;

• Web-based smart PoE tool for operation and monitoring of PoE powered devices;

• Cybersecurity features based on the IEC 62443 standard;

• 4 kV LAN surge protection and -40°C to 75°C operating temperature tolerance;

• Supports MXstudio industrial network management suite for large-scale deployments and management;

• Compliance with the IEC 61850 and IEEE 1613 standards.

The Ethernet switches also support a variety of management functions, including: STP/RSTP, Turbo Ring, Turbo Chain, PoE power management, PoE device autochecking, PoE power scheduling, PoE diagnostic, IGMP, VLAN, QoS, RMON, bandwidth management, and port mirroring.

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