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Cisco EnergyWise Takes Guesswork Out of Energy Management

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In a week that also saw Sentilla roll out energy management software for data centers, Cisco yesterday introduced their EnergyWise technology for their Catalyst® family of switches. The new software suite measures, reports and reduces the energy consumption of Internet Protocol devices such as phones, laptops and access points. Cisco also announced industry partnerships that will ultimately enable the management of power consumption for entire building systems such as lights, elevators, and air conditioning and heating.


The company estimates that turning off 50% of all IP phones and access points for 12 hours a day would save the equivalent energy used by 72,431 homes or 100 tons of coal. A 100-branch bank that shut off all its IP phones and access points overnight would save almost $40,000 per year.

EnergyWise will roll out in three phases, the first phase will manage the energy consumption of IP devices such as phones, video surveillance cameras and wireless access points. In the second phase, this summer, Cisco will expand industry support of EnergyWise on devices such as personal computers, laptops and printers. In the final phase, in early 2010, the technology will be extended to the management of building system assets such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, elevators, lights, fire alarm systems and security systems.

Check out the EnergyWise demo

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