On February 3rd, members of the Humber ASHRAE student board were lucky enough to get an extensive tour of the CISCO offices at WaterPark Place down at Queens Quay in Toronto. Some background on what CISCO does:
” [We] shape the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for our customers, employees, investors, and ecosystem partners.”
You maybe wondering why Humber ASHRAE would be interested in what CISCO provides, since ASHRAE’s focus is primarily on Building Science; however, we came to learn that CISCO has a lot to offer our industry.
Systems they offer:
- Power over ethernet
- Smart monitoring
- BAS (Building automated systems)
Starting on January 12th, CISCO opened their doors to the Innovation Centre. A room that contained products from 11 different companies that tackled business problems that were concerned with energy usage, security networks, and building automation systems.
A few of the Innovations that stood out:
- AERE LIGHT – A LED lighting system that is in a film form. You can literally roll it out like wall paper and it lights up by touch.
- INVIXIUM ACCESS – fingerprint recognition
- DELTA CONTROLS – Complete integration of building control systems into CISCO’s network of “The Internet of Things.”
Next were ushered into one of many conference rooms that focused on Video chat. Through video chat CISCO has reduced their travel needs up to 40%. That is a huge reduction in GHG emissions.
The offices themselves and their mechanical needs are all automated and has sensors everywhere, providing ease of use and energy savings. One the interesting trends in CISCO is seeing is that the IT room is now becoming larger, while the mechanical room is shrinking due to things like power over ethernet and BAS.
Humber ASHRAE would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to CISCO and tour guide William Macgowan. CISCO is changing how new buildings are designed, built and managed, which shows the exciting future of how buildings can be experienced.
By: Chad Thurlow