IES + TIA = PoE light fixtures, right?

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) announced recently that it is joining with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in signing an Honorary and Friendship Agreement to exchange information and promote harmonious standards development in intelligent building systems, energy efficiency, and sustainability initiatives.

???The illumination industry has realized that the key to maximizing energy-efficiency lies in the use of technologies that are integrated and work intelligently to control the function and operating time of building lighting systems,??? said William Hanley, executive VP of IES. ???The key to these technologies is the ability to collect useful information and communicate that information to the lighting control system. Working with TIA to develop, enhance, and promote these technologies will result in reduced energy consumption and lower costs while maintaining a productive, safe environment.”

This is the most exciting news to happen to the telecommunications industry since BICSI published a joint publications with InfoComm. (But then did nothing with it.)

Here’s to hoping something comes out of this ‘friendship’.


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About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth.

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