Legrand North and Central America, provider of power, light and data technologies for workplaces, data centers, and homes, today launched ELIOT, an IoT program that advances connectivity and intelligence in the built environment and enhances value in the use of connected products.
Legrand was joined by partners Amazon Alexa, Samsung and Cisco in New York City to launch ELIOT, which offers a purpose-built cloud, gateways for installed legacy offerings, an array of natively-connected new products, and solutions comprising connected, intelligent technologies and services.
Engineered specifically for the built environment with end-users from the consumer domain and partners from the professional community in mind, Legrand’s ELIOT program advances both the technology and the IoT experience.
According to John Selldorff, Chief Executive Officer of Legrand North and Central America, Legrand’s expertise in manufacturing products that are integrated with building infrastructures, coupled with its understanding of how electrical technologies are purchased, deployed and used, improves the experience with the built environment.
“There is permanence to the work of our partners in the architectural, design, engineering, and IT communities, so when they wish to create a space — a home, workplace, or data center — they consider how it will be enjoyed today, and used tomorrow. They consider its impact, inside and out, on the community at large,” Selldorff said today.
“At Legrand, we have the technologies to facilitate better connectivity and intelligence that enable enhanced productivity, efficiency, comfort and sustainability. ELIOT aggregates these technologies and signals our intent to assure the market that Legrand will continue to advance connectivity and intelligence in the built environment,” Selldorff continued.
Echoing this sentiment, Stephen Schoffstall, chief marketing officer of Legrand North and Central America, said, “Legrand is built in, not simply plugged in. This distinction is critical when you consider that ELIOT is an expression of Legrand’s determination to evolve the experience of living, working and operating in buildings — and to minimize the impact those buildings will have on the environment.”
“The success of IoT requires proximity to both the people who will use IoT devices and services, and to the power and data connectivity that will enable those IoT devices and services,” Schoffstall continued. “Electrical real estate where people live and work is fundamental to the success of IoT. Legrand and our partners are optimally positioned to flip the IoT switch on electrical real-estate and transform spaces into highly connected, highly efficient and autonomous environments.”
Building On Existing IoT Capabilities
As of November 2016, there are over 22 million Legrand connection points already in existence. Legrand plans to double the number of its connected product families from 20 in 2014 to 40 in 2020. Legrand has an existing footprint in North American buildings and homes that includes intelligent Power Distribution Units (PDU) and Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems from its Raritan, Middle Atlantic, and Racklink brands, robust wireless networking from Legrand’s Luxul brand, Wattstopper residential and commercial lighting control systems, multi-room audio from Nuvo, and Intuity home automation.
“Advanced connectivity and the application of practical but progressive smart building strategies will transform the spaces in which people live and work,” Selldorff continued. “ELIOT brings us closer to a world where residential and commercial buildings will be smarter and better connected, easier to design and build, and deliver simpler yet more productive occupant experiences.”