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Belden lets installers send PoE over a mile

New Digital Electricity cable from Belden sends 2k watts up to 2 km

St. Louis, Missouri – Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, is excited to announce the availability of its new Digital Electricity Cables, designed in conjunction with VoltServer, the creator of Digital Electricity. These cables are available in copper for power only and hybrid copper/fiber constructions to transmit power and data over long distances in a single cable run.

Tailored specifically to the demands of Digital Electricity, this new cable line enables power delivery for applications that can’t be supported by Power over Ethernet (PoE) and remote DC powering due to distance limitations. Belden’s Digital Electricity Cables transmit up to 20 times more power or 20 times more distance than PoE: up to 2,000W or up to 2 km reach in indoor and outdoor applications.

Digital Electricity Cables support IoT and convergence in venues such as airport terminals, convention centers, hospitals, high-rise hotels, stadiums and office towers. These cables are the only application-specific solution designed to support Digital Electricity.

“With the explosion of IoT has also come the need for in-building wireless systems, such as distributed antenna systems (DAS), to support device connectivity. Often, the ideal location for a DAS radio isn’t near a local power source, and this is driving the need for Digital Electricity,” says Michael Bodzay, Belden’s product manager, security and electronic cable. “DAS is an ideal application for Digital Electricity, and through our partnership with JMA, we are able to provide an end-to-end DAS solution.”

This technology isn’t only about power – it is also about safety. Transmitters and receivers constantly monitor line conditions and stop power distribution immediately if an issue is detected, protecting people and equipment.

Twisted pairs in the copper cable maintain flexibility and performance during installation, improve electrical performance, speed up installation and reduce confusion by offering easy identification of cable pairs. Made of tinned copper, the cable features anti-corrosion properties for improved longevity.

The copper/fiber hybrid version helps installers reduce cable inventory (because a hybrid construction requires only one cable to stock and manage) and reduces labor costs with only a single cable to pull.

Thanks to a default reel length of 2,000 ft vs. a conventional length of 1,000 ft, new Digital Electricity Cables also reduce waste by providing enough material to support runs that exceed 500 ft – with cable leftover for additional cable runs.

Cables are available as shielded or unshielded, in pairs of two, four or eight and in conductor sizes of 14, 16 or 18 AWG.

Only Belden’s innovative enterprise connectivity solutions take a universal approach to customers’ enterprises, resolving signal transmission needs by enabling the latest technologies, and with IP- and legacy-based solutions that allow for a smooth migration to convergence. Belden’s extensive portfolio spans LAN, data centers, building automation and security and access control to keep information running smoothly. Outstanding global service and support capabilities and application-specific warranty programs complete Belden’s unique offering.

For more information about Belden’s Digital Electricity Cables, visit www.belden.com/DE.

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Tim Albright

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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