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Cree SmartCast Chosen by Quest

Power-over-Ethernet controlled LED lighting illuminates new Californian datacentre

Quest, a company offering professional, cloud, and managed service, has selected SmartCast Power over Ethernet (PoE) LED lighting by Cree integrated with a Cisco network for its new High Availability Business Centre (HABC) in Roseville, California. 

Cree SmartCast PoE is part of the Cisco Digital Ceiling framework, which connects disparate systems into a single IP network to create connected building systems. Open in 2014, Quest's HABC serves as a datacentre, featuring 120,000 square feet of open floor space, including a 24x7 network operations center, co-location, business continuity/disaster recovery, and managed and cloud services tailored for each client.

"We found Cree SmartCast PoE to be the right lighting technology to enhance our business services, as well as a showcase of a potential IT-integrated solution for our clients," said Vladimir Pivtorak, Quest infrastructure services manager.  "As a Cisco integrator and Cisco Gold partner, we provide resilient, secure, high-performance environments with leading-edge technology for our clients operating out of our IT service delivery centers."

Cree's SmartCast PoE LED lighting is integrated with a Cisco standards-based PoE-powered network to create a Digital Ceiling solution.  The solution is deployed within the facility's data center, employee break room and training room. The installation includes 100 Cree CR Series LED luminaires equipped with SmartCast PoE, offering occupancy sensing and colour tuning for energy efficiency and customised lighting environments.

Cree's SmartCast PoE also helps customers achieve energy-saving goals while enabling control, data collection and analytics.  Cree's SmartCast Manager software maximises the energy savings of SmartCast PoE connected LED lighting with a OneButton Setup that commissions an entire building. The technology also facilitates a single point of control and visibility into real-time data analytics to identify advanced energy saving strategies.

"The Digital Ceiling deployment at the Quest HABC in Roseville is a landmark project for California's capital region," said John Baekelmans, CTO, vertical solutions, Cisco. "The opportunities for the Digital Ceiling framework continue to expand in both private and public sector enterprises further demonstrating that digitising buildings is becoming the new standard."  

Additionally, SmartCast PoE's open platform with a standards-based API creates the opportunity for more intelligent features in the future, such as emergency wayfinding and energy demand responsiveness, according to the company.

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