Philips, Cisco partner on Internet-connected office lighting

Philips, Cisco partner on Internet-connected office lighting

Philips (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Cisco Systems (San Francisco, CA) have agreed on a global strategic alliance aimed at improving energy savings, building efficiency, and employee productivity made possible by the Internet of Things (IoT) in modern offices.
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The alliance brings together Philips’ LED-based connected lighting system with Cisco’s IT network to address a global office market estimated to be worth 1 billion euros. The alliance – which is geared to help facilities managers, building owners, and office workers reap the benefits of the IoT in offices – combines Philips’ connected office lighting system with Cisco’s secure network technology that includes Cisco Catalyst Switches with Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology.

Lighting is one of the easiest ways to bring the IoT to office buildings. Light points in the Philips system, equipped with sensors and software applications can be connected using Cisco technologies. The lighting network creates a pathway for information and helps enable new services.

The global alliance in the Internet of Things will help enable customers to receive the best that the lighting and IT industries have to offer. Philips and Cisco will also collaborate on a joint go-to-market strategy.

"Our alliance has two of the world’s biggest and trusted lighting and connectivity brands working together to bring the Internet of Things to life in offices and commercial buildings across the world. Customers will receive the best energy efficient lighting experience in the connected world and be able to use information acquired from their connected lighting system to save energy, reduce costs, improve productivity and optimize their workspace environment. Lighting that is connected to highly secure, reliable IT infrastructure will form the backbone of the smart office of the future," says Bill Bien, SVP, Head of Strategy and Marketing, at Philips Lighting.

Together Philips and Cisco aim to accelerate adoption of the technology in the market and deliver increased connectivity, comfort and efficiency, constituting the most innovative features of a modern building.

"The world is becoming digital, and by working with Philips, we can help building owners more quickly digitize their lighting networks to drive better user experiences and efficiency. By partnering with Philips, we are delivering a reliable PoE-powered LED lighting solution using a highly secure IT network," says Edwin Paalvast, SVP EMEAR, Cisco and executive sponsor of the Cisco – Philips Alliance.

Lighting is a logical first-step to bringing IoT to enterprises worldwide. Equipped with sensors, connected lighting becomes intelligent to sense and measure the environment. Occupancy sensors in the system can provide information on space utilization to help reduce costs.

Typically, lighting is responsible for 40% of a building’s electricity use. Nearly 80% in energy savings and reduced building maintenance costs can be realized by managing, integrating and controlling a Philips LED connected lighting system through a network with Cisco.

To make offices more comfortable, office workers can personalize and adjust LED lighting to their preferences and tasks. For mobile access, office workers can use a smartphone app to access other building services through a communications network. To showcase how Philips and Cisco can work together to unlock the benefits of the IoT in offices, Cisco is installing a state-of-the-art Philips connected lighting system at the company’s Canadian headquarters in Toronto.

Philips: www.philips.com/global
Cisco Systems: www.cisco.com

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