PowerHUBB™ POE simplifies lighting and control installations.

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PowerHUBB™ POE Lighting Controller integrates luminaires, sensors, user interfaces and software to offer intelligent building control. Unit features POE node that is used as lighting hub, which receives power and data from the network switch. PowerHUBB can be installed by low voltage installers and configurable by software by IT personnel.

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Introducing PowerHUBB, the New Power Over Ethernet Platform from Hubbell Control Solutions

Enterprise-Level Platform Seamlessly Integrates Luminaires, Sensors, User Interfaces and Software for a Scalable, Intelligent Building Control Solution

With more than 130 years of experience illuminating and electrifying the world, Hubbell announced today that it has combined collective expertise across its portfolio of brands to develop a new Power Over Ethernet (“POE”) product poised to help make buildings smarter, better connected and more energy efficient.

PowerHUBB™ is an enterprise-level PoE lighting and control platform that seamlessly integrates luminaires, sensors, user interfaces and software for a scalable intelligent building control solution. It was introduced by Hubbell Control Solutions, with resources from Hubbell Lighting and Hubbell Premise Wiring, as part of Hubbell’s broader strategy to bring solutions to market that help its customers overcome challenges, improve building performance and provide insights into building efficiency. PowerHUBB will support the increasing number of building owners that are leveraging the Internet of Things (“IoT”) through a digital ceiling platform.

Connect. Illuminate. Control. Empower.

The advantage of a PoE solution is its ability to simplify lighting and control installations by reducing the time, specialized resources and materials needed when compared to traditional line voltage installations. It is estimated the global revenue for PoE lighting is expected to grow from an estimated $35.8 million in 2016 to $419.9 million in 2025.

Commercial building owners are increasingly enlisting the support of actionable intelligence for energy management and better building performance. Analytics, the process of turning data into actionable information, can have a significant impact on sustainability and cost-saving strategies. PowerHUBB can be scaled from basic lighting control to advanced cloud-based analytics, establishing it as a cost-effective solution for smart building deployments that demand an immediate return on the investment.

Modularity, the degree by which a system can be separated and recombined, is another key feature of the PowerHUBB platform. The installation of PoE lighting solutions reduces material and labor costs by using a single Cat5e/6 connection for power and communication. By using a low-voltage cabling approach the installation process is simplified. Facility owners, like those in healthcare, see tremendous advantage in having the flexibility to make infrastructure changes to support the evolving needs of the real estate. Adding to the cost savings, PowerHUBB can be installed by low voltage installers and it can be easily configured and reconfigured through software by IT personnel.

How it Works

The PowerHUBB platform is a combination of software and controls, luminaires and infrastructure. It uses intelligent sensors, intuitive user interfaces and scalable PoE technology to bring it all together. Luminaires deliver quality illumination while reducing energy consumption and total cost of ownership. A system of Category rated copper cabling and components for networking is all that’s needed to meet PoE performance criteria and reliability standards.

PowerHUBB is enabled by a POE node which acts as an intelligent lighting hub by receiving power and data from the network switch. This is then passed along downstream to daisy-chained device nodes. As light fixtures and devices are connected to the network, the node will automatically discover and report those devices back to the system for easy plug-and-play functionality.

PowerHUBB is a cornerstone component to Hubbell Lighting’s overarching strategy to “future proof” its portfolio of luminaires. One advantage of PowerHUBB compared to competitors is how the node addresses device input-output requirements, making it an ideal solution in an environment where industry standards are fluid. Customer research shows the plug-and-play nature of this offering is attractive, especially when it is combined with Hubbell Lighting’s diverse product portfolio.

“The development and introduction of PowerHUBB is a significant moment in our controls evolution,” said Chris Bailey, vice president, Hubbell Integrated Solutions – Lighting. “PoE technology has evolved quickly over the last couple years to offer a significant return on the customer’s investment and provide extensive capabilities. With this solution we’ve combined our expertise in performance luminaires and our controls experience to provide what we believe is the most capable PoE lighting and control solution on the market today.”

“Hubbell has been manufacturing cabling infrastructure products and solutions before PoE became a networking standard in 2003,” said Mike O’Connor, senior director of marketing for Hubbell Premise Wiring. “Combining our infrastructure expertise with Hubbell Lighting’s broad luminaire and controls solutions has created a compelling single manufacturer system that enables our customers to deploy a robust, intelligent building platform that supports the Internet of Things (IoT).”

Hubbell recognizes that one of the biggest challenges for PoE lighting is education and it is currently in the process of creating detailed curriculum in partnership with the team at its Lighting Solutions Center to assist agents, distributors and contractors. Additionally, Hubbell’s support professionals are immediately available to provide sensor layouts, networked system design and third-party integration support. Its on-site certified field technician program is also available for projects that require additional support.

Attendees of the upcoming BICSI conference are invited to visit Hubbell Premise Wiring’s booth, #437, and experience a PowerHUBB demo.

About Hubbell Lighting

Hubbell Lighting is elevating the lighting experience. Empowered by lighting solutions that integrate seamlessly into their environment, save energy, provide improved quality of light, deliver return on investment and armed with Hubbell’s unflinching support, its customers are able to think differently about how, where, and when they can use light. As one of the largest lighting fixture manufacturers in North America, it features a suite of brands that provide a full range of indoor and outdoor lighting products serving the commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential markets. Learn more at hubbelllighting.com

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