In this industry brief, we discuss the IoT, its relationship to Smart Cities and 5G wireless, and how IoT, Smart Cities, and 5G will require remotely managed intelligent power to deliver on the promises of better information and control, resulting in improved lifestyles and greater efficiency.
Billions of IoT devices are expected to come online globally over the next decade. Because they will be widely dispersed and require so many ancillary support systems, having remotely managed intelligent power to run both the IoT devices and the systems they interface to makes sense both logistically and economically. Intelligent power takes the form of power distribution units that have on board communications capable of remotely monitoring power consumption, scheduling outlet power on and off, shedding load to maximize uptime when on battery / UPS, and implementing graceful shutdowns whenever a temperature threshold is exceeded.
The IoT will have gateways, aggregators, and edge compute locations distributed across a myriad of environments physical environments and operating conditions and will no longer be confined to a centralized data center. As such, getting a trained technician out to the hardware takes time and money. Paying a little more up front for intelligent power solutions can help your IoT application or its supporting network get back online faster through automation or through a more educated manual intervention.
The goal of our product line and the design of our manufacturing process is to allow our customers the ability to find exactly the right set of power distribution features for their application: from horizontal to vertical, 120V to 415V, low density to high, and from managed/intelligent to not.
Intelligent PDUs combine power distribution, power control, and data collection within a single unit. They supply more power to more devices while providing key information through PDU networking.