Intelligent Buildings Drive Energy Savings from Lighting—What a Bright Idea!

Posted by Kris Thurman

Mar 14, 2012 11:13:00 AM

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CommScope Collaboration with RedwoodSystems Incorporates Lighting into its Intelligent Building Infrastructure Platform

HICKORY, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--If an intelligent building can control temperature, security and other operational features, then it should also be able to turn on and off lights automatically.

As more people discover that LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are a more energy-efficient and longer-lasting option than standard fluorescent bulbs, their popularity continues to grow. That increased popularity is leading architects and facility managers to become more interested in deploying an intelligent building platform that includes lighting controls, in addition to monitoring and managing things such as security, heating and cooling, computer networks and telecommunications.

That’s why CommScope, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has teamed up with Redwood Systems to integrate building-performance lighting into its Intelligent Building Infrastructure Solution platform. Redwood runs its platform over a low-voltage networking infrastructure, and deploys a fine grain sensor network that measures temperature, occupancy and light levels – an approach believed to be unique in the lighting industry. All of the data from the Redwood network is made available to facility professionals and can be seamlessly integrated with building automation systems to positively impact areas such as heating, cooling and security.

“Information technology in buildings does not only refer to PCs and telephones,” said Morgan Kurk, senior vice president, Enterprise Solutions, CommScope. “It also includes a building’s automation system. With lighting accounting for as much as 35 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings, stringent building codes are now requiring greater energy efficiency from lighting systems. The Redwood platform’s ability to run over structured cabling and integrate with building automation systems made them a natural fit as CommScope’s lighting provider of choice.”

By integrating Redwood’s platform with CommScope’s Intelligent Building Infrastructure Solution, facility managers can now deploy a complete intelligent platform that operates many different aspects of their buildings, including LED lighting that will also assist in reducing energy cost from lighting by an average of 75 percent, Kurk said.

“Redwood’s collaboration with CommScope will help accelerate our goal of making building-performance lighting a reality for customers,” said Dave Leonard, chief executive officer, Redwood Systems. “CommScope is an established global leader in intelligent building infrastructure with an impressive roster of Fortune 500 customers and an extensive business partner network. By combining our proven technology with CommScope’s leading infrastructure solutions and network of experts, we can together provide customers with cutting-edge energy efficiency and building intelligence applications, as well as the confidence that they will be deployed in the optimal way.”

CommScope’s collaboration with Redwood Systems demonstrates its continued push to develop and deploy intelligent energy efficient solutions in various telecommunications markets. During the recent Cisco Live! event in London, CommScope demonstrated how its SYSTIMAX® iPatch® Intelligent Infrastructure enhances the energy-saving potential of Cisco Systems’ EnergyWise® Energy Management Architecture. CommScope has also introduced energy solutions designed for the wireless and broadband/cable television markets.

CommScope Intelligent Building Infrastructure Solutions is the common infrastructure that supports various customer requirements including:

  • one system for voice, data, video and building automation
  • better utilization of building cabling assets
  • compliance with all existing building cabling standards
  • open architecture, multi-vendor support of voice, data, video, LAN and building automation systems and applications
  • innovative cable management administration via solutions such as iPatch and SYSTIMAX VisiPatch®

CommScope’s has successfully deployed its Intelligent Building Infrastructure Solutions globally. Examples include a project completed last year at Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, delivering fast, reliable connectivity for applications ranging from body scanners to building control, and an intelligent solution at the Birdsville Independent School District in Texas.

SYSTIMAX, iPatch and VisiPatch are registered trademarks of CommScope, Inc.

About CommScope

CommScope ( has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end solutions includes critical infrastructure our customers need to build high-performing wired and wireless networks. As much as technology changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create, innovate, design, and build faster and better. We’ll never stop connecting and evolving networks for the business of life at home, at work, and on the go.

About Redwood Systems

Redwood Systems’ building-performance lighting solutions facilitate lower cost, higher-performing workplaces. Redwood has developed the world’s only smart building platform that powers and controls lights and a high-density sensor grid providing both best-in-class energy savings and granular monitoring of space utilization, temperature and power consumption. This award-winning approach uses patented networking technology and a low-voltage DC architecture for high reliability and scalability as well as low cost installation. With a growing roster of market-leading customers and partners, Redwood is building a reputation for customer success. For more information, visit

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based on information currently available to management, management’s beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently expected. In providing forward-looking statements, the company does not intend, and is not undertaking any obligation or duty, to update these statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.



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