Quest Gets LED Lighting and Platform for Iot with Help of Cree

Quest, a firm that provides cloud, and managed service, selected Cree’s SmartCast® Power over Ethernet (PoE) LED lighting integrated with a Cisco network. The SmartCast system will operate the lighting at Quest’s new High Availability Business Center (HABC) in Roseville, California. Quest’s HABC serves as a premier data center. The HABC, which opened in 2014, features 120,000 square of floor space, including a co-location, business continuity/disaster recovery, a 24×7 network operations center, and cloud services that Quest tailors for each client.

According to Cree, SmartCast PoE is scalable, open platform that can help enable the Internet of Things (IoT) for buildings. Cree claims that its SmartCast PoE system is intuitive and simple. Its first function upon installation is the control of Cree’s PoE lighting system. The system can be much more than just connected lighting. Cree® SmartCast PoE is part of the Cisco® Digital Ceiling framework, which can connect disparate systems into a single IP network to form secure, seamless, smart, connected building systems.

Cree contends that the system embeds intelligence that can enable buildings to be more efficient while providing the efficient lighting that is optimized to help make people more productive.

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“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.”

Quest decided to deploy the Digital Ceiling solution within the facility’s employee break room, data center, and training room. The installation features 100 Cree® CR Series 2’x2’ LED luminaires equipped with SmartCast PoE. It comes with occupancy sensing and color tuning. Occupancy sensing can help improve overall lighting efficiency by dimming or turning off the light in areas that are not occupied. Color tuning is available to deliver customized lighting environments. The break room will have a warmer color temperature, which has been shown to have calming effects. The training room, on the other hand, will have a cooler color temperature that is known to help energize and aid alertness for optimal learning.

Cree PoE LED lighting with SmartCast in Quest breakroom

Cree PoE LED lighting with SmartCast in Quest breakroom

“Cree’s SmartCast® PoE enables limitless possibilities and applications through better LED technology,” said David Elien, Cree senior vice president, lighting. “Installations of this nature will help take Intelligent Light far beyond the limits of what’s possible with traditional solutions.”

Cree’s SmartCast PoE features data collection and analytics that can help see usage trends and suggest advanced energy saving strategies while meeting the needs of multiple customized lighting environments.

Cree PoE LED lighting with SmartCast at Quest training room

Cree PoE LED lighting with SmartCast at Quest training room

The lights, light switches, and dimmers operate with Cisco® Catalyst 3850 Series Switches. The platform delivers both power and networking through a CAT5/CAT6 Ethernet cable. The fixtures can communicate with one another over the PoE network can learn patterns and the integrated occupancy sensors, energy monitoring, switches and dimmers can provide data about the people’s interaction with the lighting and can gather and share data.

Cree’s SmartCast® Manager software maximizes the energy savings of SmartCast PoE connected LED lighting. The SmartCast Manager boasts a OneButton™ Setup that commissions an entire building with a solitary stroke. The technology also helps enable a single point of control and visibility into real-time data analytics.

“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 digitizing buildings are becoming the new standard.”

Cree points out that SmartCast PoE’s open platform with a standards-based API also creates the opportunity for more a nearly unlimited variety of intelligent features in the future, such as emergency wayfinding and energy demand responsiveness. The API allows gives future functionality a potential starting point through allowing third-party cloud-based applications.

According to Pivtorak, “I don’t think people know the potential of this technology yet. I think it’s going to be huge.” Although it is early in the deployment, he can envision overall enhanced workforce productivity resulting from the improved light quality and the ability to color tune. “We are definitely going to be expanding [the technology],” Pivtorak affirms. “That’s now in the plans.”