AMG launches new 90W PoE switches for high-performance CCTV applications


One of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of transmission technologies, AMG Systems has launched new additions to its Industrial Ethernet switch range that offer 90W Power over Ethernet (PoE) options for demanding CCTV video surveillance applications.

Technological acceleration in the 21st century means that CCTV cameras are becoming increasingly powerful and feature-rich. These advances allow the capture of higher quality, crisp and clear images in circumstances traditionally unkind to video surveillance: extremes of temperature and precipitation, harsh sunlight, dark interiors and remote locations.

But with this increased functionality comes increased demand for power, and in many cases it is not feasible to run dedicated power cables or use additional sources to provide that extra power. AMG says this is why it has introduced the latest members of its IP switch family, with models capable of delivering 90W of power over Ethernet cabling.

PoE offers the ability to pass both power and data over twisted-pair Ethernet cabling, with many benefits available for CCTV systems, as not only can the Ethernet cables send video, power and additional data to networked cameras, but they can also help with:

• Costs – PoE eliminates the costs of hiring electrical installers;

• Simple, rapid deployment – Just plug Ethernet cabling into compatible equipment for required functionality;

• Flexibility – Powered devices are able to be deployed at almost any location with an Ethernet presentation, without the need for additional power supplies;

• Safety – The relatively low voltage of Ethernet means it presents a low risk of electrical hazards;

• Scalability – PoE makes it simple to add equipment to a network.

The most common standards for PoE deliver 15W (802.1af – PoE) or 30W (802.1at – PoE+), but AMG’s new products are able to offer 60W and 90W of PoE to help provide simple and effective installation for surveillance systems with the most demanding of power requirements.

The company says its new media converter and switch range, delivering up to 90W per port, enables enhanced deployment options for next-generation high powered surveillance products, with increased functionality for CCTV applications, such as monitoring transportation networks.

“We’re seeing more and more examples of camera deployments where the additional power our 90W PoE option presents can be really useful,” explained AMG’s sales and technical support manager, Ian Creary.

“In many cases these are fully functional pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras with in-built illuminators for low-light operation, heaters to prevent condensation issues, wipers for use in wet environments; this sort of functionality is now more the norm rather than the exception.

For example, we can see the way that 90W PoE switches provide benefits for the monitoring of motorways. Those cameras operate at all hours, so can require illumination and heaters, as well as PTZ capabilities, and wipers to deal with the water thrown up off the road by traffic.

Our full portfolio now includes 15W, 30W, 60W and 90W managed, unmanaged and semi-managed industrial Ethernet Media Converters and Switches, which have all been designed to deliver high performance even in the harshest of environments, operating in temperatures ranging from minus 40° C to 75°C.”

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