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Liz Goldsmith

Examining the Role of Data Centers During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves throughout the world. As organizations around the globe scramble to help slow the spread of the virus, some companies find themselves with increased responsibility. Data centers, in particular, have a crucial role to fill. With nearly 400,000 cases globally, the coronavirus is not only disrupting social life, but it’s also changing the face of business. Internet needs are both growing and shifting, and data centers have to account for this change. Here are some of the ways data centers are serving communities amid the crisis.

Smart buildings – what’s the value to smart cities? Part Two

While the benefits and Return on Investment (ROI) of smart buildings are well documented for tenants, building owners and operators, similar information for cities are limited at best. In addition, cities measure the benefits and ROI of smart buildings differently, and look beyond financial metrics. Part Two provides a framework for identifying areas of value creation and share a sample set of values and benefits for cities.

Energy Source Tapped for Powering Smart Sensor Networks

The electricity that powers appliances and lights homes also generates small magnetic fields that exist everywhere. A research team, headed by Penn State scientists, built a device that delivers as high as 400% higher power output when compared to other advanced technology when working with low-level magnetic fields similar to those seen in buildings and homes. The technology holds major implications for designing smart buildings, which will need self-driven wireless sensor networks to perform things like remote control of systems and tracking energy and operational patterns, the researchers said.

How Smart Building Technology Is Shaping Federal Agencies

A smart building typically looks like a regular building, with bricks and glass windows, but at the heart of a smart building are sensors that drive building automation. Internet of Things sensors and devices monitor HVAC and lighting, motion, humidity, electrical controls, access control and video security. The data from those sensors then feeds a variety of controllers that can help IT and operations staff automate building management.

Under 40% Deploying IoT Solutions Today

In a IoT Commercial Adoption Survey, the Eclipse Foundation found that the internet of things (IoT) adoption is growing, though “slower than the hype would indicate.” The nonprofit that facilities open source software collaboration and innovation conducted the survey in 2019. Just under 40% of the organizations are currently deploying IoT solutions, and another 22% said they plan to begin deploying IoT within the next 2 years.

Fiber Type Matters When Simulating Optical Links and Latency

Simulating real-world fiber optic links and time delays in the lab environment is both a frequent and necessary task for engineers performing R&D and equipment certification testing processes.  With the evolution to more advanced network architecture, increasing speeds of 400G and beyond, and latency always being a key element, replicating the field network as closely as possible in the lab is critical to ensure systems will perform as expected post-deployment. 

AT&T is king of U.S. on-net fiber buildings: Vertical Systems Group

For the fourth straight year, AT&T ruled the roost for on-net fiber lit buildings in the U.S., according to research by Vertical Systems Group. Rounding out the top five on Vertical System Group’s Leaderboard, were, in order, Verizon, Spectrum Enterprise, CenturyLink and Comcast. In order to qualify for the Leaderboard, service providers needed to have 10,000 or more on-net fiber-lit commercial buildings in the U.S. by the end of last year. 

Where US and China stand in deploying the ‘goldilocks of 5G spectrum’

LitePoint’s Director of Product Marketing Adam Smith and VIAVI Solutions’ Director of Marketing Kashif Hussain agree that mid-band spectrum, the 2.5 to less than sub-6 GHz space, is the spectrum sweet spot and that making effective use of it is critical to successfully deploying and scaling 5G. “Spectrum is the number one thing that differentiates 5G rollout from country to country,” Smith stated. “There are some countries that have been very aggressive at opening spectrum for 5G.”