At Cisco Live, Cisco officials show off the company's Network Building Mediator Manager 6300, designed to enable businesses to more easily manage all of their systems that consume energy.
Cisco Systems is unveiling a host of solutions designed to help businesses
and consumers better manage their energy consumption and reduce their impact on
At the Cisco Live show in Las Vegas,
held June 27 to July 1, company officials rolled out the Cisco Network Building Mediator Manager 6300,
part of the larger Smart Connected Buildings strategy.
The offerings are part of Cisco's efforts to use
its networking expertise to help create IP-based environments that can help
drive down energy consumption and power costs in businesses and homes.
The Network Building Mediator Manager 6300 gives businesses a
central enterprise portal through which to manage the myriad systems within a
facility that consume power.
Cisco's Network Building Mediators monitor and manage
power-consuming systems in a building. The Network Building Mediator Manager
6300 is designed to tie together all these systems via an IP network, and
enable businesses to manage all the mediators from a single place.
The technology is designed to let businesses make their
buildings more efficient and less costly to operate by reducing energy consumption
and system downtime. It also alerts users to problems that can be remediated
before those problems impact the businesses.
"Business energy requirements in commercial buildings
represent a large percentage of the world's overall energy consumption," Sandeep
Vij, vice president and general manager of Cisco's Converged Building Systems
Business Unit, said in a statement. "Providing management, facilities and
IT teams with clear, real-time visibility into the impact of energy flows is a
first step toward managing buildings in a more intelligent way."
The Network Building Mediator Manager 6300 enables "small
teams to take actionable decisions across multiple buildings and campuses using
a simple interface," Vij said. "By enabling multiple, disparate
building automation systems and protocols to be effectively monitored and
managed over IP, Cisco is delivering on the network as the platform for
sustainable management of real estate and IT."
The Network Building Mediator Manager 6300 comes with a global
navigator that brings enterprisewide visibility and alarm monitoring
capabilities. It also offers scheduling tools and graphical pages that give
users insight into such building systems as HVAC, lighting and metering.
For consumers, Cisco is offering the Home Energy Controller.
The display, which can sit on a countertop, gives consumers more information
about their energy use, so they can make informed decisions regarding their
power consumption and ways to create policies to save money on power.
The device has an LCD touch screen through which consumers get
information regarding devices-such as thermostats, intelligent sockets and
smart appliances like refrigerators-that communicate with the controller.
Consumers will get the Cisco controller through utility companies
as part of Smart Meter deployments.
Cisco also announced hosted Energy Management Software services for
utilities, which the company said can use the offering to manage energy data
from "thousands of homes."