The information age has led to an astonishing number of innovations, including the Internet of Things — a growing trend affecting the day-to-day operations of a multitude of systems including surveillance, security and even systems like refrigeration and telephones. However, the growing trend of IoT devices means a concurrent growth in devices utilizing Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. While PoE generally provides simpler and more cost-effective installations for networked system devices, it also has downsides. Namely, that a more connected system means more threat from damaging power surges.
Picking the right surge protectors for the valuable electronic equipment you depend on throughout your organization can be a challenging process. The first step is having a thorough understanding of what type of surge protection is necessary for each of your systems, and what devices can provide the protection you require.
Learning the terminology can help you to make an informed decision about which surge protectors will provide optimal protection for your devices and give you peace of mind that they will continue to operate and not be damaged in the event of a surge or spike in power.
The protection provided by a surge protector on your system and its devices is essential, as surge events are unpredictable and can damage or even destroy equipment essential to your system’s operation. However, there are several common problems that may occur during the installation of a surge protection device (SPD) that will prevent it from giving you the protection you need. There are ways to ensure that you are getting the proper surge protection from your SPD, even after you have installed it on your system.