Cisco Canada has opened an intelligent building integration centre in downtown Toronto for organizations to test supplier solutions using the network equipment maker’s technology before putting them into offices across the country.
It’s merely a room on the 35th floor of Cisco’s Toronto headquarters with a rack server and building control systems on the wall. But Cisco intends to make it an important part of its expansion into its so-called smart and connected communities strategy.
“We’ve got all the Cisco technology here, so it means that any of our ecosystem partners coming in here can test their equipment, work out all the bugs, then deliver it to the customer,” said Ron Gordon
, business development manager for Cisco Canada’s connected real estate unit.
“It also allows us to prove out the solutions and then when new buildings are coming up we can present them to the developers and the major tenants and see if that’s something they’d like to have.”
(Ron Gordon in the Cisco Innovation Centre. ITWorld Canada photo)
Gordon also made it clear that the future Cisco sees includes plenty of room for players other than major vendors. “A master technology integrator is becoming an important role,” he said, to work with architects, developers and building systems control makers.
The integration test centre was announced Monday as part of a three-day seminar for international press and industry analysts to show off the local intelligent building projects Cisco is involved in, part of its smart communities strategy. That strategy is aimed at broadening Cisco’s image as a mere manufacturer of routers and switches.
The goal it to convince governments and the private sector to get their systems to work together to create smarter institutions.
At a base level, Cisco [Nasdaq: CSCO] is working with real estate developers, landlords and building infrastructure makers to get components like IP-based lighting, ventilation and telephony systems inside individual buildings to work together. More broadly, Cisco hopes to connect networks within municipalities together to create what it calls smart cities.