Somfy is to integrate with Cisco to provide automated shading solutions for smart building environments.

“Cisco is redefining the way the construction industry looks at the digital building of the future, and to have Somfy as part of that journey is exciting,” 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.”

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

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