Somfy Cisco Collab

Cisco takes a shine to Somfy's smart shading technology

July 23, 2021
Somfy announced that its smart shading technology now integrates seamlessly into Cisco’s smart building offering to provide improved natural light management.

Somfy (Dayton, NJ), a manufacturer of tubular motors for interior window coverings and exterior solar protections, announced that its smart shading technology now seamlessly integrates with Cisco's to provide automated shading solutions for smart building environments.

“Cisco is redefining the way the construction industry looks at the digital building of the future, and to have Somfy as part of that journey is exciting,” says Ty Saville, Commercial Building Solutions Manager for Somfy North America.

Saville adds, “The Cisco and Somfy partnership underpins Somfy's core business mission of improving occupant comfort, energy efficiency, and peace of mind.”

Having worked together on what is known as the first all-digital hotel, The Sinclair, Somfy and Cisco say they have continued "a partnership based around creating smarter and more adaptive building environments."

While Cisco is a global leader in networking and Power over Ethernet, Somfy brings to the partnership 50-plus years of experience in providing smart shading products for both residential and commercial projects.

“It is our partners who provide the vast array of devices, sensor and controllers that make a smart building truly effective. Allowing their devices and applications to communicate with other previously disparate devices and applications broadens a whole new horizon of what is possible,” observes Jeremy Witikko, CTO and Global Director of Smart Buildings for Cisco.

A statement by the partners noted, "At a time when buildings need to function more efficiently for owners and occupants, both Cisco and Somfy deliver smart solutions to keep costs down and improve occupant comfort. Adding smart shading expands the scope of PoE smart building technology to include the management of natural light."

Somfy notes that as companies begin to move back into an office environment, smart buildings can help create safer, healthier spaces.

"Natural light is an essential component in wellness, productivity, and morale, and can also help buildings be more energy efficient and sustainable," contends the company. "Automated shading also works in perfect harmony with other smart building applications like artificial lighting and HVAC to create more comfortable building environments."

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