Single-Pair Ethernet Consortium: Bringing Single-Pair Ethernet to Building Automation

Industry trends have always been about higher speeds, more bandwidth. Now that convergence is upon us, network-connected devices like HVAC, occupancy and other building automation sensors are asking for power and low-speed data to be delivered to them. As a result, a new Ethernet protocol has been designed to operate over a single pair of UTP/STP cable – otherwise known as single-pair Ethernet. Although, individually, these devices don’t call for much power or bandwidth, the sheer number joining our networks (75 billion or more by 2025) will increase overall bandwidth needs.