PowerDsine has operated a testing program for third party products to verify their PoE compliance since 1998. Amongst the many products already certified are IP Video cameras and other network devices such as IP phones, wireless hubs, and security access devices. As a founding member of the IEEE 802.3af task force, PowerDsine has been a driving force behind the PoE standard, which was ratified in June 2003, as well as a key mover in the latest IEEE 802.3 study group examining the need to add support for higher power network devices. Toshiba’s certification highlights the growing number of IP security devices that are becoming PoE compliant, to deliver remote power, via standard Ethernet cabling, to security devices such as surveillance cameras; often located in inaccessible places. Commenting on the importance of the certification, Network Camera Sales Manager at Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. Joe Cook said: “Toshiba understands the importance of standards and certifications as these mean that the end-user customer can feel confident that the Toshiba network camera will perform to specification and will easily integrate into their existing PoE network. So it is important for the Toshiba IK-WB02A network camera to be certified as PoE compliant.” Igal Rotem, CEO of PowerDsine adds: “We’re delighted to add another illustrious name to the list of companies with PoE certified devices. We believe that the IP Security market is one where PoE offers a compelling proposition. The recent move toward a high power standard also opens up the prospect of extending PoE support to a host of additional higher power network devices including Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) network cameras, giving even greater momentum to the growth of this market within the IP Security sector.” PoE is a technology for wired Ethernet, the most widely installed local area network technology in use today. PoE allows the electrical power necessary for the operation of each end-device, to be carried by data cables rather than by separate power cords. It minimises the number of wires that must be used in order to install the network, resulting in lower cost, less downtime, easier maintenance and greater installation flexibility. PoE also potentially reduces the cost of installing end devices such as IP phones, network security cameras and wireless LAN access points. Because the network switches also can deliver power through the standard Ethernet infrastructure, the need to connect each end terminal to separate electrical wires and install additional AC power outlets is eliminated. Also, used together with a single central back-up power-supply, PoE can provide customers with uninterruptible power for critical applications such as IP (Internet protocol) phones, security cameras, entry loggers and other powered data terminals.