To answer the growing demand from business enterprises for full-scale
intelligent infrastructure solutions, CommScope
has acquired Redwood Systems, Inc., an industry leader in LED lighting solutions and
integrated sensor networks for data centers and buildings.
The terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed. CommScope funded
the acquisition from cash on hand and funds available under its
revolving credit facility.
Redwood Systems, a privately-held lighting performance solutions
provider with offices in the US and UK, is a leader in light emitting
diode, or LED, technology solutions that help facilitate lower cost and
higher-performing workplaces. Redwood developed what is believed to be
the world’s first smart building platform that powers and controls
lights with a high-density sensor grid. This platform provides energy
savings that typically average 75 percent improvement over traditional
fluorescent lighting systems for office buildings and 90 percent
improvement for data centers, with granular monitoring of space
utilization, temperature and power consumption. This award-winning
approach uses patented networking technology and low-voltage direct
current, or DC, architecture for low cost, highly reliable and scalable
The acquisition is intended to strengthen CommScope’s position in intelligent building infrastructure solutions, enabling the company to provide
one of the industry’s most comprehensive and automated infrastructure
management platforms. With upcoming enhancements to optimize its
operation over twisted pair cabling, the Redwood Systems platform can be
deployed over CommScope's readily available standardized structured
cabling infrastructure. This can help CommScope's data center and
intelligent building customers maximize their investment in cabling
infrastructure and move towards more integrated IT and building systems,
thus reducing installation costs and ongoing operational expenses.
“By adding Redwood’s innovative solutions, we expect to better meet our
customers' desire for improved energy efficiency and provide a
cost-effective platform for enabling truly intelligent buildings,” said
Kevin St. Cyr, senior vice president of Enterprise Solutions, CommScope.
"Tremendous insight on building usage can be obtained from analyzing the
centrally stored data from the sensor network enabling additional
efficiency improvements and enhanced capabilities well beyond efficient
Integrating with CommScope will provide Redwood Systems customers with
infrastructure management software and cabling solutions to help meet
their unique needs in implementing efficient asset management solutions.
“Redwood Systems brings a legacy of pioneering systems and offerings
that make commercial facilities more intelligent and efficient,” said
Dave Leonard, chief executive officer, Redwood Systems. “We share in the
values, such as innovation, held by the people at CommScope and feel it
is the best fit for us to leverage their global capabilities as a leader
of intelligent infrastructure solutions.”
Redwood Systems is recognized as a Chartered Institution of Building
Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance 2013 award winner. Its
selection as the top solution in the Energy-Using Product category
underscores Redwood’s unique approach to delivering improved building
performance and reducing energy consumption through lighting.
Benefits of LED Technology
LED technology has been around for multiple decades and is used for
communications on enterprise local area networks over multimode fiber.
The LED efficiency of converting electricity into light has advanced
tremendously in the last decade to the point that it has become of
interest for general lighting applications. In addition to improved
energy efficiency, LED lights also last longer, thus decreasing
operating costs relative to other lighting technologies. Pricing for LED
lights continues to drop as the market matures, with expectations that
the vast majority of general lighting will be LED technology by the end
of the decade.
In addition to energy savings, the Redwood Systems smart building
platform monitors energy usage, room occupancy, motion detection,
temperature and environmentals, giving a much clearer view of how
building space is being utilized. This data is stored and available for
graphical review, detailed analysis, or use by building management
systems. The Redwood platform also uses sophisticated techniques such as
“follow-me lighting” and daylight harvesting to further reduce energy
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