2023 PoE Lighting in Smart Building Design

Akram Khalis, MHT

March 7, 2023

2:30pm – 3:30pm EST

Room Location: Gramercy

Credit: 1 LU / Elective

This course will cover the basic framework and implementation of PoE lighting technology. You’ll learn what is Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) is, how it works, how PoE lighting integrates with building management systems (BMS), its potential for smart building automation, and its energy efficient benefits. Supporting documentation will cover PoE Network Architecture, Low Voltage (DC), PoE vs Line Voltage, and case studies in PoE lighting efficiency.

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will be able to describe the differences between PoE and line voltage lighting with regards to safety, controls, IoT, and sustainability.
  2. Attendees will be able to critically evaluate the cyber security implications of a PoE lighting infrastructure.
  3. Attendees will be able to identify and complete a basic layout of the components of a PoE lighting system, including PSE, Ethernet cable, PD device, fixtures, power supply, and switches.
  4. Attendees will understand how PoE technology enables a smart building ecosystem.


Akram Khalis

Akram Khalis
Chief Technology Officer, MHT

Akram Khalis (AK) serves as MHT’s Technologies’ Chief Technology Officer and is the co-founder of Inspextor, leading the development and implementation of MHT’s Inspextor™ hardware and software platform. Well regarded as an innovator and thought leader for his work developing PoE systems for lighting and smart building automation, AK has scaled and accelerated the growth of innovative technology for more than a decade. AK has extensive experience in software and hardware development and currently holds three US technology patents.

As an entrepreneurial executive, AK’s background in technology, product, and general management allows him to bridge the gap between engineers and businesses to bring high quality solutions to market efficiently. With his diverse knowledge in the development of hardware, firmware, and software, AK’s work has been instrumental in the success of MHT Technologies’ emergence as a market leader. In addition to his vast industry experience, AK holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the NJ Institute of Technology.


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