Intelligent LED lighting make buildings more efficient via PoE
SmartCast PoE claims to be the first LED lighting platform that makes the Cisco Digital Ceiling framework ready for mass deployment and adoption. Cree’s SmartCast PoE embeds intelligence to make buildings more efficient and people more productive, while delivering far better light for less energy than ordinary LED lighting systems.
The solution was unveiled this week at Cisco Live! Berlin and is part of the Cisco Digital Ceiling framework, which connects disparate systems into a single IP network to create smart, more secure, seamlessly connected building systems. Cree is part of the Digital Ceiling partner community, a network of partners working to enhance the traditional workforce through the connection of intelligent things to create new user experiences, lower total costs and enable business analytics.
“Cree is committed to delivering better light experiences for our customers,” said Norbert Hiller, executive vice president of lighting at Cree. “The new connected lighting technologies we’re pioneering with Cisco leverage Cree’s SmartCast Technology and the communications power of the internet to deliver better light and up to 70 percent more savings than standard LED lighting. With Cisco, Cree is taking Intelligent Light far beyond what is possible with traditional lighting solutions.”
Cree applied its proven intelligent SmartCast Technology to a PoE infrastructure in order to solve the inherent commissioning complexities of deploying network-powered smart lighting within buildings. Cree’s SmartCast PoE works out of the box, just like the original SmartCast Technology, and enables an entire building to be commissioned at one time with a single stroke. Cree’s series of SmartCast lights, light switches and dimmers operates with Cisco’s standards-based PoE-powered network architecture. The platform provides power and networking for the lights with a standard Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for separate data and high-voltage power connections.
Tony Shakib, vice president, IoT verticals business unit, Cisco, said: “Cree’s expertise is important as we make this shift in the industry to help customers in the enterprise begin to harness the benefits of network powered smart lighting solutions.
Cree SmartCast Technology with PoE will be commercially available in the second quarter of 2016.