Correctional facilities require a high level of security to ensure that inmates are properly detained. When it comes to satisfying the intense security needs of prisons, standard security devices often miss the mark. Instead, correctional facilities necessitate highly technologically advanced security devices. Many of the sophisticated devices that correctional facilities rely heavily on to enhance surveillance on their premises are PoE enabled devices such as security cameras or wireless access points. Continue reading to learn more about the role of PoE in correctional facility security.
Providing optimal security in correctional facilities poses a significant challenge for two primary reasons: the system must be suitable for installation in the facility’s permanent concrete walls, and it must be adaptable to the unpredictable inmate population. Based on these needs, the two main requirements of a quality correctional facility security system are robustness and the flexibility to be altered as needed. PoE devices fulfill both of these needs perfectly.
PoE switches provide power to multiple devices on a network using either a single Ethernet CAT-5, CAT-5e, or CAT-6 network cable. Because the switch can accommodate multiple devices, it is highly scalable. In other words, there is no need to change its cable network infrastructure when surveillance needs change and devices must be added.
The fact that PoE devices don’t receive their power from electrical outlets further increases flexibility. Instead, their power is derived from a PoE switch that converts power from a three-prong jack and converts it into a lower voltage power before sending it out to the devices on its network. Because PoE devices don’t have to be placed near electrical outlets, they give prisons the freedom to place devices at locations where they are needed most and can easily reposition them to comply with changing conditions.
Another reason why PoE devices are widely utilized for a correctional facility application is because they are highly reliable. Rather than using several different adapters that are plugged into multiple power sources, PoE devices have a single uninterruptible power supply in the form of a robust PoE switch.
When it comes to reliability and superior connectivity, Antaira’s industrial PoE switches are especially ideal for correctional facility applications. Our Power over Ethernet switches meet IEEE standards 802.3af (PoE) and 802.3at(PoE+) and are designed to deliver reliable power and network connectivity in adverse environmental conditions. Further, they have the capacity to maintain connections up to 100 meters and data speeds up to 1,000 mbps, which are supported by their RJ- 45 copper ports. For more information on why our industry-leading PoE switches are ideal for your correctional facility, contact us today.