- November 21, 2017
- Mrinmoy Bhattacharjee
The joint effort is aimed at helping corporate real estate managers and facilities heads deliver better user experience, save on energy and operating expenses as well as reap the benefit of Internet of Things (IoT) in workspaces.
Wipro Lighting on Monday said that it has become a ‘Cisco Digital Building Solutions’ provider for the connected lighting. The collaboration brings together the company’s “industry leading” smart & connected lighting systems and Cisco Digital Building Solutions that link various building services through a single, converged IP network.
Wipro Lighting is a Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting Group (WCCLG), an entity of Wipro Enterprises (P) Ltd. Cisco is a global technology leader specialising in IT and networking.
The move will enable Wipro Lighting to simplify convergence of its lighting solutions with building automation systems over IP without compromising lighting efficiency, maintenance, product life, and security, the company said.
A common goal of facilities managers worldwide is to run their buildings with high service levels, while delivering cost savings and environmental benefits through reduced power consumption. At the same time, changing nature of work, workforce demographics requires a workspace that will help employees work more comfortably and effectively.
Lighting makes up approximately 40% of a building’s electricity bill; this coupled with raising energy consumption by commercial buildings is pushing the demand for smart and connected lighting solutions. The joint effort is aimed at helping corporate real estate managers and facilities heads deliver better user experience, save on energy and operating expenses as well as reap the benefit of Internet of Things (IoT) in workspaces.
The company’s Power over Ethernet (PoE) based solutions leverage the Cisco Digital Building Solutions framework to create bespoke and flexible lighting solutions for modern workspaces. These new connected lighting solutions will “greatly simplify” the deployment experience, lower total cost of ownership, offer pre-validated architecture and ecosystem integration among players. As next steps, the Cisco Digital Building Solutions framework will allow building managers to extend the benefits of the IoT throughout their facilities by converging multiple building networks, including lighting, heating, cooling, IP video, IoT sensors and more through a highly secure and intelligent network platform.
“Design and innovation is a way of life at Wipro,” said the company’s VP & business head Anuj Dhir. “With the emergence of the IoT and big data, smart and connected digital lighting is the way forward as it’ll bring intelligence and functionality into lighting systems. Hence, this trend will play an important role in making workspaces more productive and enhance employee wellbeing at the same time.”
Daisy Chittilapilly, managing director, partner organisation, Cisco India and SAARC, said, “Lighting is one of the best ways to bring IoT to office buildings. Smart and secure lighting will form the backbone of the smart office of the future. We are extremely happy to collaborate with Wipro Lighting to empower building managers to quickly digitise their lighting networks to drive better user experiences and efficiency. Together Wipro Lighting and Cisco aim to accelerate adoption of these solutions in the market and deliver increased comfort and efficiency.”
Wipro Lighting is one of the first Indian companies to join the Digital Building Solutions ecosystem with Cisco for PoE based lighting solutions. The company unveiled its smart and connected lighting solutions at Cisco Live in July, 2017. It has now started offering these solutions in the domestic market.
The company informs that Bengaluru-based next-gen digital transformation, infrastructure & product engineering services company Happiest Minds will be one of its first few customers to implement the lighting solution in their new office in the city. K C Niranjan Kumar, IMG Buildcon Bangalore, project manager for Happiest Minds says: “The whole idea was to give an enriching Digital Lighting experience to clients with an eye on the future.”