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EllisDon collaborates with Cisco on ‘Smart Construction’ (December 02, 2009)

EllisDon has signed a strategic agreement with Cisco Systems Inc. that it says is designed to accelerate the d...


December 2, 2009  


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EllisDon has signed a strategic agreement with Cisco Systems Inc. that it says is designed to accelerate the development of a next-generation smart, connected building strategy.

 

The firm’s goal is to transition the building industry from a traditional construction model to a smart building vision with an IP-enabled infrastructure at the core.

 

This vision of a Fourth Utility, in which the network becomes as central to a building’s infrastructure as mechanical and electrical systems, has the ability to transform the tenant experience, redefine building energy management, improve efficiency management, increase system reliability and security, and create new revenue opportunities for building owners, the two firms said in a release.

 

“Smart Buildings are one of the high growth markets for technology innovation because it offers immediate and tangible results in driving facility and energy efficiency that is attractive to building owners and tenants,” said Rick Huijbregts, vice president of industry solutions at Cisco Canada.

 

EllisDon and Cisco will collaborate on design services for public-private partnership (P3) proposals and IT additions to existing construction projects, such as the 18 York Street project in Toronto.