With the PoE version of PowerShades’ automated shades, a single run of CAT5 cable provides both power and communication. The use of a single network cable means there is no proprietary hard wiring necessary. Also, since the new PoE motor is low voltage (under 50 V AC), it does not require the services of a licensed electrician or special certifications, reducing installation expense and time. With power coming from a single central source, more information can be transferred on the network cable while improving reliability over traditional RF solutions. These PoE shades are also extremely flexible — additional sensors can be added to the motor to meet current and future customer needs. The shades offer all of the benefits of the company’s RF automated shades, including: cloud connectivity for smartphone/tablet/PC control (requires gateway); the ability to develop and deploy groups, scenes and schedules across multiple facilities; easy and intuitive limit setting; soft start and stop; favorite position setting; low power consumption; and more. Customers will have the option of adding a PoE motor to any PowerShades products. All window shades are fully customized, allowing customers to pick from a wide variety of fabrics, power options and styles, including roller, pleated and honeycomb shades, horizontal blinds and more.

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