Intelligent Buildings: Connecting to What’s Next
We are living in an era of increased reliance on technology to enable amazing experiences. Trends like bring-you-own (BYO) device for learning, remote healthcare access for underserved communities, and video conferencing for global team collaboration all rely on an IT infrastructure to support them.
The number of mission critical applications inside buildings being supported by this infrastructure has expanded by several orders of magnitude and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future. We expect today’s networks to support more experiences than ever, and that list keeps getting longer as we develop new technologies that help us live more connected, safer, smarter, easier, better lives.
One particularly exciting trend in the in-building network space is intelligent building automation technologies (IBAT), which enable property owners to analyze data from multiple sources within a building, learn from that data, and adjust operations accordingly. The increasing need for infrastructure that delivers reduced carbon dioxide emissions is a major driving factor for the IBAT market. IBAT also has become a differentiator in the real estate business, as it conforms with improved safety and security systems. The IBAT aims to reduce operational costs substantially through the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) platforms. Several stringent energy consumption regulations passed by governments worldwide have boosted the adoption of IBAT. Growing concerns regarding the environment, depleting fuel resources, and the increasing need to reduce energy consumption further support the growth in this market. Other factors supporting market growth include increasing investments in technological advancements by vendors and continued research and development.
Just as our technology demands are changing, the networks that enable these experiences must change as well. The proliferation of intelligent buildings has the potential to accelerate the evolution of the IT infrastructure’s ability to support growing in-building technology demands. However, access to innovative IBAT will only be unlocked by networks designed for more; most critically, the ability to scale to future data demand.
Legacy networks are ill-equipped to handle the ever-increasing bandwidth requirements driven by innovative technologies like IBAT, but the challenges are not limited to just managing demand for data. Today, many companies install a new network or add new cabling each time they want to add another system to their building. Over time, layers of structured cabling fill up in “pathways,” resulting in crowded cable trays and closet spaces. This overcrowding can become painful to manage and maintain because it eventually requires ripping out and replacing often-tangled cables to complete network upgrades. Having to replace structured cabling with each network upgrade is not only time consuming and costly, but it is also risky – a simple upgrade can quickly become disruptive if installers inadvertently rip out the wrong cables while sorting through the tangled mess.
Power and distance limitations are another critical challenge for legacy networks. In most cases, the wireless devices enabled by these networks are not completely wireless – they require an ethernet connection and DC power to function. The most popular solution to address these demands is to remote power via Power-over-ethernet (POE) – a method made popular many years ago by the widespread adoption of VoIP telephones and Wi-Fi access points. However, the emergence of new applications like LED lighting, point-of-sale terminals, small cells, thin clients, and pan-tilt-zoom cameras push the limits of POE’s remote powering and 100-meter horizontal cabling limitations.
The good news is, there’s an available alternative today that can support your in-building technology needs both now and in the future – the converged network. This new network standard allows building owners to do more, be more and accomplish more as futuristic technologies quickly become a reality. A converged network allows you to be ready for whatever comes next, while also reducing the cost of future upgrades and operating expenses. Converged networks are taking composite fiber (single mode fiber and copper conductors in the same jacket) deeper into the network with copper so that multiple applications run on a single network. Replacing today’s single-purpose infrastructure approach with a converged network solution results in lower capital and operating expenses for building owners because it requires less network equipment, less cable pathway space and it reduces network installation time. Converged networks deliver remote power greater than 70 watts and support data transmission at distances greater than 100 meters to transform your structured cabling into a bona fide fourth utility within a building.
No matter the building type, a converged network can deliver value unmatched by traditional solutions. For hospitals, it can reduce or eliminate the need to enter ceilings to complete network upgrades and can support fiber to the zone, which keeps electronics outside of patient rooms. For hotels, it enables fiber to the room to support advanced applications and minimizes business disruption by reducing the need to upgrade structured cabling. For large venues, a converged network brings fiber closer to the edge of the network to support increased capacity needs required for new applications.
Every building is different, but they all require connectivity. Our traditional way of wiring a building will not take us where we want to go – and with so many ideas, inventions, and experiences ahead of us, we can take steps today to ensure that our networks will never be the limiting factor to what we can achieve.
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Future-proofing BUILDING COMMUNICATIONS – 5G, WIFI, CBRS, Bluetooth, In-building Wireless and More - 5/23/2019
In an ever-increasing wireless world, building owners and operators can no longer ignore the needs of a mobile society. Every day, more applications are added to our phones which include video, immersive media, wayfinding, hailing a ride, ordering food, accessing a building and more. So much of what we do relies on good wireless connectivity, and buildings must deliver the same service as the outdoor world. Over the next few years, 5G and other technologies are going to radically improve wireless connectivity and ultimately impact the communications strategy for buildings. In order to provide tenants with a 21st century experience, buildings must keep pace with this trend. This webinar will cover a wireless strategy that includes both experiential and operational issues.
Clarence Reynolds has built a career as an Emmy-winning journalist and broadcast professional. He brings more than two decades of broadcast production, on-air hosting and senior communications experience to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). Prior to joining TIA, Clarence worked as a News Anchor at NBC Atlanta and FOX Indianapolis. For TIA, Clarence designs and implements digital event communication strategies to educate stakeholders in the Information Technology Communications (ICT) industry.
Brian Schwartz is responsible for Smart Building Infrastructure at over 50 centers portflio wide. He oversees the installation and support for CCTVm Wi-Fim Energy Management, shopper counting, and DAS. Brian support digital marketing initiatives including digital signage and property websites.
Mark Horinko has 30+ years of experience in wireless network strategy, network architecture and design, product development and large –scale network operations. As President of Airwavz, Mark is responsible for multiple, large-scale wireless and telecommunications network deployment projects totaling more than $1billion as well as development of five new industry-changing business and operational models. Mark is active in the telecommunications community and belongs to several industry associations. He is also a charter member of FiberFete.
Soyola Baasan founded DASpedia, an enterprise cellular coverage testing and training firm, in August 2014. He brings 20 years of telecommunication industry experience including fiber optics, RF components, and wireless systems. Soyola provides industry guidance to DASpedia and runs its operation as a managing director.
Stuart Walker Strickland is a Distinguished Technologist in the Office of the CTO at Aruba Networks with a focus on strategic planning for Wi-Fi in the context of 5th Generation cellular networks. He has been with Aruba for three years and represents its interests in 3GPP, WFA, IEEE, and WBA on issues relating to spectrum allocation, Wi-Fi/cellular coexistence and integrated network architectures.
As part of the IBN Technologies team, Art King leads the development of enterprise services definitions and business case propositions for customers and partners. He is Vice Chair of the Services Working Group in the Small Cell Forum. Art came to Corning via the SpiderCloud Wireless acquisition and was formerly a lead in IT architecture and operations for Nike Inc. where he held various global roles over 10 years.