The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) recently joined the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) in signing an honorary and friendship agreement to exchange information and promote harmonious standards development in the areas of intelligent building systems, energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives, as well as others, the association said.
"Convergence is here, today, and is extending well beyond the traditional phone and data services into others, like illumination," said TIA president Grant Seiffert. "The information communications technology industry is embracing these opportunities to support the connection and control of devices to realize optimized, energy-efficient operation."
An announcement of the agreement stated, "In today's converging world, communications are becoming an integral part of technological innovation. Both TIA and IES hope to continue to aid the continuing efforts to improve the energy efficiency of lighting systems, control systems and the communications network that connects them as these become even more important."
IES executive vice president William Hanley said, "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. 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."
Seiffert added, "The participation of IES in our standards development program for intelligent building cabling and the Sustainable Technology Environments Program [STEP] will set the stage for additional improvements and opportunities in these markets."
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