To create a cutting-edge
workspace for employees,
and clear visibility to
operations for facilities managers

The lighting industry is undergoing its second major transformation in the past twenty years. The first transformation, beginning in the late 1990s, introduced energy-efficient, high-brightness LEDs across the full range of professional lighting applications. The second transformation, which is unfolding now, builds on the digital nature of LED technology to bring illumination and IT together, allowing lighting systems to participate in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Expected annual
energy savings of
177,000 kWh

A connected lighting system from Philips Lighting at Cisco’s Canadian headquarters in Toronto creates a cuttingedge workspace for employees, and clear visibility to operations for facilities managers. The luminaires provide much more than simply illuminated office space — they are a portal to data, energy savings, sustainability, and personal comfort. The luminaires merge with the base building’s IT network and are uniquely identified by IP address, allowing them to be individually monitored, managed, and controlled.

Annual cost savings
of $45,000

Technical details
The Philips connected lighting system collects data from 600 PoE-enabled luminaires equipped with sensors to capture temperature, light level, and activity for optimizing user comfort. Philips Envision lighting management software, running in the building’s IT environment, allows system managers to monitor and manage each light point via a dashboard application. The system also stores data over time, allowing managers to assess occupancy patterns and optimize lighting operations based on historical trends and findings, and opens up avenues for innovation into data-rich applications. Operating the lighting system is seamless, with easy visibility to each fixture, allowing facilities managers to respond to maintenance issues faster, lowering labour costs.


"The pairing of Philips connected digital
lighting and Cisco’s Power over Ethernet
(PoE) means customers will see an
increase in energy savings, building
efficiency and an optimized workspace

– Michael Gentile, President & CEO, Philips Lighting Canada

The Philips connected lighting system integrates seamlessly with Cisco’s Power over Ethernet (PoE) IT architecture. PoE is a technology delivering power over standard Ethernet data cables, eliminating the need for a separate power infrastructure.

“A pleasing workspace with personal control within it means we can attract and retain the best talent,” said William MacGowan, Director for Cisco’s Smart+Connected Real Estate. “Our system is the key element to attracting the next generation of workers.”

With revolutionary technology from Philips and Cisco, the future of workspaces is looking bright. With lighting that can inform owners of maintenance requests, occupancy trends and temperature control, offices will become more efficient, more sustainable, and more comfortable.

About Philips Lighting Canada
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