Philips, Cisco partner on Internet-connected office lighting

December 10, 2015 //By Paul Buckley
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.

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

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