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Johnson Controls & Cisco declare war on energy waste

Automated system monitors building technologies and subsystems to improve energy efficiency.

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Johnson Controls’ Metasys Building Automation System has been integrated with Cisco’s Energy Manager (CEM), enabling data centres to manage energy usage.

The solution was built on an interface for mobile devices and desktop workstations, enabling facilities managers to control performance across heating, lighting, fire safety, office vending machines and IT and Communications assets.

The Metasys-CEM system extracts and organises data from traditional building technologies and subsystems, organising the performance data of energy used by a building and its occupants.

Hubs managers can then access reports and adapt the data centre to its own energy needs.

For example, Metasys-CEM can be configured to automatically put any computers running into sleep mode and then bring them back online ready for use, at specified times that are convenient for users.

The company said the solution could lead to efficiency gains of up to 16%, also improving a facilities team productivity and control, whilst enabling IT departments to verify inventory through the IP network and achieve greater efficiency and visibility throughout the organisation.

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