This morning at the AURP 2009 Annual Conference at the Westin Bayshore, host Dale Gann of the Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) got into the action during the industry track The Power of Connected Research Parks.
Thanks to the rapid expansion of devices and systems that require connectivity and access to IP networks, Gann’s research park in rural Victoria is well on it’s way to institutionalizing “the Network as the Fourth Utility”. With the help of Cisco and Vancouver’s Pulse Energy, the VITP is cutting costs on operations while reducing energy usage and their carbon fooprint.
Gann shared the podium with Cisco’s Dr. Rick Huijbregts and Pulse Energy’s David Helliwell who described how convergence and integration it providing the VITP with an opportunity to deliver stellar services to its tenants while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money on operations. VITP is using its Fourth Utility to optimize metering and energy management as well as provide voice, data, and physical security services. Pulse Energy’s online dashboard provides real-time energy information to building occupants and the public.
Pulse Energy is a product of Small Energy Group which was co-founded by Helliwell and Greg Kerfoot (ex-Crystal Decisions Founder). Small Energy Group currently employees 25 in West Vancouver.