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Two Connected Real Estate Projects from Cisco
Cisco and EllisDon Team to Make PwC Tower One of Canada's Most Advanced IP Networked Commercial Buildings
PwC Tower Transforms Tenant Experience and Sets New Building Development Standards Through Connectivity, Building System and Facilities Management With Cisco Smart+Connected Real Estate
TORONTO--(Oct 4, 2011) - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and EllisDon today announced completion of PwC Tower's technology infrastructure, based on Cisco® Smart+Connected Real Estate solutions. Located at 18 York Street, in Toronto's Southcore Financial Centre, PwC Tower is one of Canada's most advanced commercial developments.
Developed by GWL Realty Advisors on behalf of owner British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC), the new tower comprises 650,000 square-feet on 26 floors and opened its doors on September 06, 2011. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) is the primary tenant, occupying 16 floors. Utilizing Cisco Smart+Connected Real Estate solutions, PwC Tower is one of the first commercial buildings in Canada with an end-to-end building information network. All building systems communicate over the Cisco IP network and are managed by a central management system, which acts as the central nervous system of the building, optimizing building performance, reducing building energy footprint and providing services and features that enhance the occupant experience.
* Working closely with the developer, GWL Realty Advisors, and tenant, PwC, EllisDon Information and Communication Technology Services and Cisco assembled a team of focused professionals to design a future-ready building based on Cisco Smart+Connected Real Estate solutions. The collaboration was also aimed at providing the advanced technology features and functionality to drive the asset value of PwC's existing technology investment in Cisco Unified Communications and wired and wireless networking solutions.
* The building is connected via a single, intelligent Cisco infrastructure, providing multiple services across one IP network -- delivering data, voice and video, and connecting all building systems and controls, as well as third-party applications for lighting, security, blinds and audio visual.
* A central management system provides access to third-party applications for fault detection of all building systems, including heating, ventilation and cooling, performing continuous analysis, and predicting building performance. The data collected can also be used for preventive maintenance analytics.
* Utilizing a third-party application on their Cisco IP Phones, PwC employees will be able to control lighting to personalize offices, conference rooms and quiet areas. No longer just a dial tone, but a room controller, the Cisco IP Phone replaces light switches as well as offering voice, video and data over the converged network.
* By removing traditional siloed approaches to building design, data from previously disparate building systems can now be collected over one IP network, helping owners, landlords and tenants monitor and improve the performance of buildings.
* In 2009, EllisDon and Cisco began a strategic collaboration designed to accelerate the development of a next-generation, connected building strategy to bring the power of network convergence to building construction. PwC Tower represents the first completed commercial building collaboration between Cisco and EllisDon.
EllisDon is an employee-owned company delivering construction expertise and services to clients throughout the world. Completing in excess of $2 billion in new construction annually, EllisDon employs approximately 1,000 people and has a presence in North America, as well as offices in the West Indies and the United Arab Emirates. Incorporated in 1951, EllisDon has distinguished itself through its people and its innovative practices. Offering not only construction and project management but now a growing range of construction consulting services in risk management and technology, EllisDon is behind some of the most exciting and innovative projects in the world. For more information, please visit www.ellisdon.com.
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'NEXT Living EcoSuite' Showcased at GreenBuild International Conference and Expo
Tridel Teams Up With Cisco and Control4 to Unveil the Future of Green Condo Living in Canada; Innovative Penthouse Combines Environmental Sustainability and Cutting-Edge Home Automation
TORONTO--(Oct 4, 2011) - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) -- Tridel, Canada's largest condominium developer and LEED highrise residential builder, is pleased to announce that together with leading technology companies Cisco and Control4, it has developed one of North America's most innovative new condo suites. Known as the 'NEXT Living EcoSuite,' this one-of-a-kind penthouse suite is located in Toronto's King West neighbourhood, at Tridel's successful Rêve Condominium development.
Positioned as the 'future of green condo living,' the EcoSuite is an innovative penthouse unit that combines environmentally preferable features and finishes with cutting-edge technologies. Delegates to the 2011 GreenBuild Conference and Expo and accredited media will have an exclusive opportunity to tour the EcoSuite every afternoon during the show, or take a 'virtual tour' inside the Canada Green Building Council's 'Canada House' exhibit.
"The GreenBuild Expo is the largest conference dedicated to green building, so this is the perfect time to introduce the NEXT Living EcoSuite," says Tridel's Sustainability Advisor and founder of TowerLabs @Mars, Jamie James. "While the energy management innovations and green design features in the EcoSuite are intended to benefit future suite owners, we wanted to give the GreenBuild delegates a chance to see our green perspective of North America's most dynamic condominium market."
Intent on demonstrating a new way of condominium living and the infinite possibilities that exist for today's condo buyer, the EcoSuite offers numerous technological advancements, created by Cisco and its Smart+Connected Communities' partner Control4.
"Tridel's NEXT Living EcoSuite represents next-generation living that will be powered by the network and will provide unprecedented opportunities for the developer, operator, and home owner to transform how we live and work," said Rick Huijbregts, vice president of Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco Canada. "Cisco and Control 4 are collaborating on the Smart+Connected Communities initiative and are proud to provide the infrastructure and solutions that enable this transformation and to partner with Tridel on this innovative journey as we build the blueprint of the future."
Among its features, the EcoSuite utilizes Cisco Smart Home products powered by Control4; Cisco's Smart Connected Home Controller; Smart Home remote and in-wall touch screen.
The suite also offers Control4® lighting solutions (including keypads and dimmers), as well as audio and video lifestyle products such as the Control4 iPod™ Dock. It runs on the Control4® OS 2.1 platform which provides for the integration of all third-party devices, enabling the creation of various specialized, feature-rich applications for control, security, entertainment and more, through a single user interface.
Cisco installed a comprehensive network infrastructure to enable highly secure, professional-grade connectivity to the internet while supporting advanced security management capabilities and business-class data, voice, security and wireless throughout the suite.
"The advanced energy and comfort management systems supplied by Cisco and Control4 ensures that the intelligence of the home doesn't go out with the homeowner," says James. "Now the owner has the ability to control their environment remotely, opening up new possibilities when it comes to participating in demand-side power management initiatives."
The EcoSuite is also breaking new ground on renewable energy technology. As part of a TowerLabs demonstrations project, Tridel has installed PowerPanel solar collectors -- a renewable energy technology that provides solar heated hot water and photovoltaic power directly to the suite. Other features include an advanced energy recovery ventilation system, spray foam insulation to reduce energy loss through the walls, water efficient fixtures, salvaged and recycled wood for the flooring and low emitting materials in the cabinets and paints.
This one-of-a-kind suite is located in one of Toronto's most distinctive new condominium communities. Tridel's Rêve Condominium, located at 560 Front Street West, has achieved a reputation for its distinctive architecture, fashionable interior design, sought-after amenity program and livable suite layouts. Almost fully sold-out, the development has a few prime suites still available.
"With the NEXT Living EcoSuite, Tridel and its partners are demonstrating that the possibilities for healthier and more sustainable living are evolving faster than ever before," says James.
For a complete list of cutting-edge technologies and green features of the NEXT Living EcoSuite at Rêve, please visit www.tridel.com/reve/.
For more information on Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities technologies, please visit www.cisco.com/web/ca/solutions/strategy/smart_connected_communities.html
Tridel® is Canada's leading developer and builder of condominium residences with more than 70 years of homebuilding experience. To date, the Tridel Group of Companies is responsible for producing over 70,000 homes and continues to lead the industry in innovation, technology and design. Tridel is determined to develop condominium communities that meet the needs of today's homeowners while safeguarding the well-being of future generations. The company is working to meet this goal by focusing on environmentally sustainable design and performance in construction and corporate stewardship.
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco Canada Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco, has offices across Canada dedicated to customer support, sales and service. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com/canada/.
Control4, a leading provider of the operating system for the smart home, delivers intelligent control over consumer electronics products, appliances and networking systems through an easy-to-use and intuitive software interface. Founded in 2003, the company delivers affordable automation of lighting, music, video, thermostat, security, and energy management systems through more than 2,000 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 70 countries. With the most intelligent, open and affordable control solution on the market, Control4 is the platform of choice for major consumer electronics companies, residential homes, hotels, businesses and utilities that require an intelligent, open and affordable control solution. For more information visit www.control4.com.
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