Avaya is aiming to address the huge market potential for smart-building design after signing a strategic partnership with switching and IP specialist MICROSENS, a subsidiary of the euromicron group.
The agreement combines Avaya’s SDN Fabric Networking infrastructure with MICROSENS’ smart Gigabit Ethernet micro-switching technology, resulting in a smart, scalable and highly- functional way to control buildings to ensure maximum energy and cost savings.
MICROSENS’ Gigabit micro switches connect to Avaya’s network through an existing IP-network, eliminating the need for extensive re-cabling or extensive infrastructure changes. The smart switches control lighting, heating, or access systems using a choice of wired and wireless connections and standards to manipulate all aspects of the built environment – powering a room down when empty, or up depending on the number of occupants, for instance. They also operate communications systems, access controls, blinds or even room bookings, depending on the requirements of the user.
Analysts forecast the global smart building market will grow from $7.2bn in 2015 to more than $37bn in 2020 as companies seek efficiency savings through ‘smart’ building initiatives. Michael Grundl, Business Leader Networking Central Europe at Avaya commented: “MICROSENS enables us to build an ecosystem that produces better outcomes to our customers in their smart, digital transformation. It enables us to provide a smart solution to personalise the user experience and places us in the number one market position for smart building controls.”
Combining Avaya’s Software Defined Networking (SDN) Fabric Networking capability with MICROSENS’ switching capabilities provides quick, flexible routing and networking for customers with smart-building requirements. The combined MICROSENS-Avaya Fabric solution will be available from mid-May across the EMEA region.
“The combination of our Software Defined Network (SDN) Fabric technology, plus MICROSENS’ switching experience allows us to better control how a building functions either autonomously, or through tablet and smart phone commands. It opens up a whole eco-system around our Fabric technology and we look forward to strengthening our partnership with MICROSENS in the future as we collaborate closely on projects.” Grundl continued.