The A,B,C’s of PoE

The Emergence of Power over Ethernet for Lighting Control, Daylighting and other Operational Technologies

Harry Aller, Innovative Lighting
David Robinson, Mecho Shading Solutions
Kim Johnson, MHT Technologies
Tyler Andrews, PoE Texas


March 14, 2024
10:30 am - 12:00 pm EST

Credits 1.5 LU | HSW


This expert panel discussion will enlighten architects, consultants, contractors, and integrators about the multi-faceted potential of Power Over Ethernet [PoE] to universally deliver Operational Grade DC-power and data- communications through essential building systems on a unified network. Listen and learn from the perspectives of PoE-lighting, automated shading/daylight management and intelligent network-switching experts about the benefits PoE — as a single platform for Power + Data — brings to building developers, business owners facility managers and occupants as a future-proof, holistic and sustainable Operational Technology [OT] platform for the 21st century and beyond.

Attendees should have interest, experience and passion for design-efficiencies, intelligent building practices, and sustainability, as core essentials to their role in the building industry.


  • Understand and appreciation for how POE optimizes automated shading, lighting, and other Operational Technologies [OT], as a unified network to enhance building efficiencies, occupant experiences.
  • Meet sustainable objectives through PoE enabled lighting, shading, and other environmental operational systems to contribute towards prerequisites and credits of both LEED and WELL Standards
  • Learn about how common components of PoE-based OT simplify infrastructure, and offer an alternate BMS, supporting client expectations as a reliable, adaptable, and future-resilient standard.
  • Recognize the features and benefits of PoE as a ubiquitous OT standard to enhance designs, reduce waste, and improve performance of businesses, people, and places.

This Panel discussion combines the expertise of four founding member representatives of the PoE Consortium — a non-profit [501C3] organization dedicated to bringing awareness, interest, education and mutual understanding about the energy-efficient, sustainable and holistic benefits of PoE as a safe, reliable and future-proof alternative to traditional AC power sources to enable Operational- Technologies in all types of built-environments.


Harry Aller
Harry Aller
Innovative Lighting

At Innovative Lighting, Harry pushes the boundaries of existing lighting systems towards groundbreaking objectives. Prior to working with PoE Lighting, Harry owned several Iowa-based technology companies and has experience working with all phases of product integration. Harry holds a degree in Computer Engineering and has more than 25 years integrating technology in buildings.

David Robinson
David Robinson
Director of Automation
Mecho | Shading Solutions

David Robinson is the Director of Automation at Mecho with over 30 years experience in the lighting and controls industry. He is responsible for developing the sales and marketing strategies of the automated PoE shading solutions with SolarTrac® and has delivered numerous papers informing the design community of the importance of the synergy between automated shades and automated lighting control systems in the delivery of Smart Sustainable Building designs.

Kim Johnson
Kim Johnson
Chief Marketing Officer
MHT Technologies

Kim Johnson is chief marketing officer for MHT Technologies, a leader in Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) lighting and building automation software. At MHT, Johnson leads strategic marketing of the company’s core brands, products, and solutions, as well as initiatives around education, partnerships, digital strategy, and thought leadership. Prior to joining MHT, Johnson led marketing for a PoE lighting startup. During her tenure, Johnson developed and executed a multi-disciplinary branding and communications strategy that earned the business significant market exposure. Johnson was recognized for her efforts by LEDs Magazine, as a member of their inaugural class of 40 Under 40.

Tyler Andrews
Tyler Andrews
PoE Texas

Tyler is an influencer for Intelligent Buildings and Power Over Ethernet. He currently leads PoE Texas making technology accessible to facility owners with his unique mix of technical expertise, construction experience, and project management knowledge.

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