Similar to what it is doing with the delivery of power through its Smart Grid project, Cisco is now turning to its networking capabilities to help drive down power consumption in buildings. At its Cisco Live event, Cisco launches its Smart Connected Buildings program and rolls out the first deliverable, the Network Building Mediator, which will monitor energy systems throughout a building and give managers the information they need to make those buildings more energy-efficient.
As it is doing with its Smart
Cisco Systems is looking to use its networking expertise
to improve energy efficiency in offices and other commercial buildings.
At the Cisco Live event in San Francisco
July 1, company officials unveiled its Smart Connected Buildings program, part
of a larger initiative called Smart+Connected Communities.
also rolled out the first product from the Smart Connected Buildings
program, a device designed to bring greater intelligence to building systems such
as HVAC, lighting, electricity and security. The Network Building Mediator will
enable building managers to monitor and measure energy systems throughout the
building and act on the data.
The managers will be able to use the information, which is transmitted via
an IP network, to institute various energy-saving programs, such as automated
demand-response initiatives that could cut capital and operation expenses, and
to institute policies that work well with how the occupants use energy.
The Network Building Mediator takes the data collected from the systems and
converts it to open
Object Access Protocol) Services, which is then sent to the various
applications, utilities, enterprise management systems and cloud services that
managers can use to analyze the data and institute policies.
The move to build intelligence into systems used in buildings is gaining
steam. Several speakers at an event
hosted by Schneider Electric
-parent of APC
(American Power Conversion)-in June said such intelligence and automation were
keys to reducing power consumption in buildings of all sorts, from offices to
homes to data centers to factories.
The Network Building Mediator is part of Cisco's larger EnergyWise push,
designed to apply the company's technology to the growing problem of energy
consumption and its related effect on the environment.
Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities initiative aims to use the company's
technology and the Internet to tackle the need for sustainable energy,
particularly as more people migrate to urban areas. Over the next three to five
years, the world's population will continue to migrate toward cities and 3
billion people around the world will connect to the Internet, according to Wim
Elfrink, chief globalization officer and executive vice president of Cisco
"Cisco envisages a future where successful communities and cities will
run on networked information, and where information technology will help the
world better manage its energy and environmental challenges," Elfrink said
in a statement. "Cities of the future, and many innovative cities now, are
addressing the issues and opportunities of this new world by thinking about the
network as the platform for economic development, better city management and an
improved quality of life for citizens."
Using technology to help create more energy-efficient cities is one of 30
"market adjacencies" that Cisco
CEO John Chambers said
in a keynote speech June 29 the company will
expand into in the coming year.