Somfy, manufacturer of tubular motors for interior window coverings and exterior solar protections, has integrated with Cisco to provide automated shading solutions for smart building environments.

Having worked together on the first all-digital hotel, The Sinclair, Somfy and Cisco continue to create smarter and more adaptive building environments. While Cisco is a global leader in networking and Power over Ethernet, Somfy brings more than 50 years of experience in smart shading products for both residential and commercial projects.

Said Ty Saville, Commercial Building Solutions Manager for Somfy North America. “The Cisco and Somfy partnership underpins Somfy’s core business mission of improving occupant comfort, energy efficiency, and peace of mind.”

“It is our partners who provide the vast array of devices, sensor and controllers that make a smart building truly effective,” added Jeremy Witikko, CTO and Global Director of Smart Buildings for Cisco. “Allowing their devices and applications to communicate with other previously disparate devices and applications broadens a whole new horizon of what is possible,”.

Adding smart shading expands the scope of PoE smart building technology to include the management of natural light. Smart buildings can help create safer, healthier spaces. Natural light is an essential component in wellness, productivity, and morale, and can also help buildings be more energy efficient and sustainable. Automated shading also works with other smart building applications like artificial lighting and HVAC to create more comfortable building environments.