Cisco Systems Introduces Connected Building Technology Solutions

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Emma Okonji

Cisco Systems, a global leader in networking and information technology solutions has introduced an innovative, smart and connected building technology solution that will further drive real estate business.

The technology solution is coming at a time when most states in Nigeria are planning towards smart and connected cities that are driven by Internet of Things (IoTs) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

At the heart of the Cisco approach is a service-oriented building architecture designed to reduce cost and complexity by replacing discrete and disparate in-building system networks with one simplified, flexible, and scalable IP network. The converged network creates the secure and reliable platform for systems integration, enabling information from various systems to be shared. Not only has this made it possible to automate processes, such as heating in anticipation of changes in the weather, it has also enabled the creation of new, IP-based information and communications services.

Building owners are looking at technology convergence to deliver enhanced occupant experiences and improved efficiencies in their buildings. However, as the number of networks and connections within buildings grows, they are becoming increasingly complex. Interconnecting and interoperating isolated building systems such as lighting, HVAC, badging systems, security, CCTV, sensors and audio-video equipment, into a single converged system is fundamental to the digital transformation of buildings. Today’s building systems and equipment need to work together smoothly and efficiently to meet owners’ and occupants’ needs, which requires a holistic approach of integrating new technologies, Cisco said
Cisco Nigeria’s General Manager, Olakunle Oloruntimehin, expressed Cisco’s commitment to provide innovation to customers.

According to him, “Our vision is to leverage Cisco’s core technology asset and installed base to provide a set of infra-solution and cloud applications to help customer deliver this next-gen building and workspace environment with a focus on improved occupant experience namely: meeting room experience and improved building operation efficiency, better visibility of space planning, and building asset management.”

Cisco is partnering cable solution, Siemon, to achieve its goal of providing connected building technology solution for the real estate industry.

Today’s real estate market is filled with opportunities. Market trends including workforce globalisation, environmental and social responsibility, and a growing worldwide population favor building transformation. Cisco’s Smart and Connected Building solution, gives way to the next generation of real estate and building services which will turn workplaces and home spaces into environments that are personalized, efficient, functional, and profitable
The importance of early adoption of Smart Building designs and software means reduced build and fit out costs right from the start of construction. A secure, enterprise-grade network means that every building system can be controlled from anywhere with a smart device. Tenants enjoy an enhanced user experience through personalized environmental controls.

The Cisco Smart and Connected Building solution is a framework that positions the Network.