UBC campus becomes ‘Living Lab’ in new UBC-Cisco collaboration
May 30, 2013 - The campus of University of British Columbia (UBC) will become a “Living Lab” to help accelerate the development, demonstration and commercialization of energy efficient technologies and solutions. This is just one initiative in UBC and Cisco’s partnership to create smarter, more energy efficient buildings.
By Alyssa Dalton
“Cisco and UBC share a vision of achieving environmental sustainability through the transformational use of smart energy systems such as smarter buildings and communities,” said Pascal Spothelfer, VP Communications and Community Partnership, UBC. “The living lab will also aim to define new industry benchmarks and a city-scale demonstration for making communities more sustainable through better efficiency and advanced technologies.”
Cisco and UBC say they will explore solution approaches for a campus-wide Smart Energy System that can integrate energy generation, demand and supply to buildings at UBC’s Vancouver campus. The duo will also explore an integrated building system solution, looking at energy, lighting, environmental controls and security in a converged network solution.
Several building solution manufacturers are said to team up with UBC and Cisco to develop new building automation devices using Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet (Cisco UPOE) and Cisco EnergyWise software development kits.
“The work done by Cisco and UBC on campus will enable vital energy-saving solutions for the university, and also serve as a roadmap for future smart energy and smart community initiatives not only in Canada, but around the world,” said Nitin Kawale, president, Cisco Canada.