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Selecting the Right ZeroKey Anchor for Your Deployment

This article provides information on the two types of ZeroKey Anchors and their respective benefits, helping you in making an informed decision about which type is more suitable for your deployment.

When planning your deployment, selecting the right type of Anchor is critical to the success of your project. The choice between ZeroKey’s PoE Anchors and Universal Anchors depends on various factors, including deployment duration, installation environment, and specific operational requirements.

PoE Anchors

Power over Ethernet (PoE) Anchors leverage a wiring method that delivers both power and data through a single Ethernet cable. This dual functionality not only simplifies the installation process but also ensures a steady and reliable power supply, eliminating the need to recharge batteries.


PoE Anchors are ideal for installations where Anchors cannot be easily accessed, such as high ceilings or busy production spaces.

PoE Anchors use ethernet backhaul, a method of transmitting position data through the cable that connects each Anchor. This approach reduces reliance on potentially unstable RF communications, offering more consistent and reliable data transmission.

Universal Anchors

Universal Anchors use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. They typically operate for approximately 24 hours before needing recharging, which takes around 4 hours to complete. You can also easily expand your deployment by adding Anchors.

Alternatively, you can also power Universal Anchors by using micro-USB cables, which is practical for installations where you want them to stay in place permanently.


Their wireless design and small size offer great flexibility, making them ideal for small-scale deployments such as workbenches or temporary installations where fixed Anchor placement is a priority.

Making the Choice

When deciding between PoE and Universal Anchors, consider the duration of your deployment, the feasibility of running Ethernet cables, and the level of flexibility required.

Ultimately, the right choice will depend on your specific deployment goals, the physical layout of the installation site, and the level of permanence you plan for your setup. Both PoE and Universal Anchors are designed to integrate smoothly with ZeroKey’s Spatial Intelligence Platform.

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