CommScope acquires Redwood Systems

Infrastructure specialist to broaden its offering
St Cyr: Tremendous insight on building usage can be obtained from analysing the centrally stored data from the sensor network.
St Cyr: Tremendous insight on building usage can be obtained from analysing the centrally stored data from the sensor network.


Infrastructure specialist CommScope has acquired sensor network solutions provider Redwood Systems, Inc.

CommScope said the acquisition was in response to a growing demand from enterprises for "full-scale intelligent infrastructure solutions". The terms of the transaction have not been disclosed, but CommScope said the purchase was funded by cash on hand and funds available under its revolving credit facility.

Redwood Systems, is a privately held lighting performance solutions provider with offices in the US and UK. It specialises in light emitting diode (LED) technology solutions and developed what is said to be "the world's first smart building platform that powers and controls lights with a high-density sensor grid". CommScope claimed the platform provides "energy savings that typically average 75% improvement over traditional fluorescent lighting systems for office buildings and 90% improvement for data centres, with granular monitoring of space utilisation, temperature and power consumption".

The approach uses patented networking technology and low-voltage direct current, or DC, architecture in pursuit of low-cost, robust and scalable installation.

The acquisition is intended to allow CommScope to provide a "comprehensive and automated" infrastructure management platform. With upcoming enhancements to optimise its operation over twisted-pair cabling, the Redwood Systems platform can be deployed over CommScope's structured cabling infrastructure.

"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 analysing the centrally stored data from the sensor network enabling additional efficiency improvements and enhanced capabilities well beyond efficient lighting."

"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."

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