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Philips and Cisco form global strategic alliance

Philips, the global leader in lighting and Cisco, the worldwide leader in IT has announced a global strategic alliance that will create new value in energy savings, building efficiency and employee productivity, made possible by the Internet of Things (IoT) in modern offices. This alliance brings together Philips’ LED based connected lighting system with Cisco’s IT network to address a global office market estimated to be worth EUR one billion.

Light points in the Philips system, equipped with sensors and software applications can be connected using Cisco technologies. The global alliance in the Internet of Things will help enable customers to receive the best that the lighting and IT industries have to offer. Philips and Cisco will also collaborate on a joint go-to-market strategy.

Equipped with sensors, connected lighting becomes intelligent to sense and measure the environment. For example, occupancy sensors in the system can provide information on space utilization to help reduce costs. To showcase how Philips and Cisco can work together to unlock the benefits of the IoT in offices, Cisco is installing a state-of-the-art Philips connected lighting system at its Canadian headquarters in Toronto.

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