Cisco Systems has purchased Richards-Zeta Building Intelligence, a provider of middleware that enables businesses to integrate building infrastructure and IT applications over an IP network.
The middleware is designed to improve energy efficiency by managing power consumption of building control systems and IT infrastructure from an IP network. Richards-Zeta's middleware transforms building operational data into an "IT friendly" format that integrates with existing applications, Cisco says.
Richards-Zeta's technologies will support Cisco's Connected Real Estate and EnergyWise initiatives. EnergyWise is software for Cisco's Catalyst switches that's designed to proactively measure, report and reduce the energy consumption of IP devices such as phones, laptops and access points.