Cisco has introduced a new networking tool to help partners monitor energy use across an entire company. Called EnergyWise, the new system allows managers to monitor and manage energy consumption of Internet Protocol devices such as phones, laptops and access points.
Cisco estimates that the program will help it save up to 30 percent in energy use and costs. It will be rolled out in three phases, the first of which will start next month.
Customers with Cisco’s catalyst switches will get the program for free. The company has released video demonstrations of the system.
Users can see where energy is being used across a company – from computers to elevators to lighting – and can choose how that energy is expended. For example, a company can tell it to shut off lighting and power to computers when employees leave for the day.
“With EnergyWise, Cisco is uniquely positioned to help our customers gain a network-wide view of energy consumption that encompasses not only device-level power, but in the future entire network efficiency, building operations and business practices across an entire organization,” stated Cisco’s Judy Lin.