Smart Buildings: Oxford Properties’ Ambitious Effort to Retrofit Entire Retail, Commercial Portfolio in One Year

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Rogers Communications and Rycom Corporation have engaged in a strategic collaboration to accelerate Oxford Properties’ Smart and Connected Building strategy, which is based on Cisco technology infrastructure.

Rogers and Rycom will implement the Cisco Smart Building platform across Oxford Properties’ entire Canadian commercial and retail portfolio by the end of 2017.

Smart and connected building technologies, including the solution that Oxford will implement, provide tenants with greater control over their space. Data and insights gathered through connected solutions give property owners and tenants a deeper understanding of space utilization, energy consumption, security, and maintenance needs.

“The relationship between Rogers and Rycom accelerates our ability to deploy our chosen Cisco Smart Building platform to transform our retail and office properties across Canada into smart and connected buildings, providing our tenants with the ability to rapidly leverage industry innovations to drive operational efficiencies within their space and ultimately improve their overall business yield,” said Andrew McAllan, SVP, Oxford Properties.

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“Our collaboration with Oxford Properties began over six years ago, and together we have made significant developments in testing, deploying, and refining Cisco Smart Building solutions in several high-profile Oxford projects, including our home in RBC WaterPark Place,” said Bernadette Wightman, President, Cisco Canada. “As a result of our work together, our Cisco Toronto Innovation Centre has become a global showcase for smart building solutions, including converged HVAC and digital ceiling solutions.”

“The platform provides Oxford with the ability to rapidly add solutions that bring competitive value to their tenants and the day-to-day operations of their properties, and will generate deep and relevant data insights that both the tenants and property staff can use to drive success,” said Jennifer Sicilia, VP & GM, Rycom.

“The corporate real estate sector has a huge opportunity to leverage smart, connected solutions to drive positive business outcomes, including a better customer experience and potentially new sources of revenue,” said Nitin Kawale, President, Enterprise Business Unit, Rogers Communications.

Cisco’s Toronto Innovation Centre focuses on building innovative solutions that support tenant needs in all real estate classes and transforming how buildings are designed, built, used, and operated.

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