LED Lighting Platform Embeds Intelligence to Make Buildings More Efficient

Cree Inc. introduces SmartCast Power over Ethernet, a simple, scalable and open platform that enables the Internet of Things for buildings through better light.

Cree Inc. introduces SmartCast Power over Ethernet, a simple, scalable and open platform that enables the Internet of Things for buildings through better light.

Cree Inc. introduces SmartCast Power over Ethernet (PoE), a simple, scalable and open platform that enables the Internet of Things (IoT) for buildings through better light. SmartCast PoE is an 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 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 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. This platform provides power and networking for the lights with a standard Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for separate data and high-voltage power connections.

Cree SmartCast Technology with PoE can deliver energy savings up to 70 percent greater than LED lighting alone, while making possible new services and experiences. Mobile, Ala., County Public Schools recently deployed the technology in their administrative offices, with plans to implement in classrooms this spring.

www.cree.com/smartcast

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