Cisco’s Digital Ceiling: PoE Backbone for Smart Buildings

The desire to achieve LEED or other sustainability ratings is pushing new market demands and regulations in communities around the world. Owners/operators have begun to make energy efficiency and intelligent operating systems an important factor in their real estate decisions. The market drivers for intelligent building controls are widely known and are driving investment in more state-of-the-art systems and making system architecture decisions more important in the earliest phases of smart buildings projects.  Intelligent control system architecture choices are now part of the facility design process, and when constructing a new building there should be consideration for how the building systems will be deployed and operated.  We are beginning to see the future of the building life-cycle emerge where 6D BIM models are being utilized by owner/operators and converted into facility management applications.

Cisco Digital Ceiling Ecosystem Technology Stack

During the planning stages of a smart building’s intelligence architecture, Cisco’s Digital Ceiling is an attractive option for an IoT platform, which uses the smart lighting network as its foundation. The video below by TechWiseTV provides a comprehensive overview of the Digital Ceiling and its capabilities. The systems deployment simplicity and the ability to shorten the project time-frame are significant advantages, and the lower TCO over the life-cycle makes the Digital Ceiling a more than competitive option versus currently available alternatives. The ease of installation even includes plug-and-play capabilities, and PoE-based systems are intrinsically safe while also eliminating the lengthy inspection process associated with electrically wiring standard light fixtures.


Digital Ceiling Improves Employee Experience & Productivity

Digital Ceiling Use CasesThe Digital Ceiling can improve employee experience and productivity in several key ways. The system features intelligent and granular lighting controls, including daylight harvesting and individual work-space control. The Digital Ceiling also features extensive human-centric lighting capabilities, including control of the lighting temperature. The inclusion of embedded RGB colors provides additional capabilities, such as room status, beaconing, and pathway guidance.  For greenfield building projects, Cisco’s Digital Ceiling brings a lot to the table and should be given significant consideration when choosing your building’s intelligence platform.

Digital Ceiling a Future-Proof Ecosystem for Smart Buildings


Cisco Convergence of Building SystemsCisco and I agree that the foundation for buildings of the future will be the lighting network, and the Digital Ceiling is a platform for smart building innovation.  The Cisco Digital Ceiling model and the ecosystem they have developed is forward-looking and making the next-gen work space environment possible today. The framework is robust and scalable, while also providing a platform for future IoT applications empowered through IP convergence. For smart buildings, the Digital Ceiling is a flexible platform designed to unleash the power of analytics, and the true value proposition will emerge as future applications beyond lighting such as motion, BLTE, LiFi, and Environmental Sensing are integrated through dense sensor networks.