Smart buildings can only be smart if all digital organs can communicate with each other without any barriers. The idea of the smart building is based on a uniform nerve structure and a common language in the form of structured cabling for data networks and the Internet Protocol.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is all about productivity. The 4th industrial revolution will be driven by the movement of intelligence over high performance digital networks, to support unprecedented levels of automation and usher in a new era of productivity for physical industries and associated infrastructure.
Mining companies face the challenges of working in harsh, remote and sometimes even uninhabitable regions. To increase safety and boost productivity, mining companies are embracing Industry 4.0 to automate and optimize the entire mining operations chain. Digital technologies require ubiquitous broadband network infrastructure throughout the operations chain to link machines, people and compute resources everywhere: from mine sites and processing facilities, throughout pit-to-port transport infrastructure and loading terminals, to operations centers, data centers and corporate offices.
Teaching an Old Building New Tricks: The Challenge of Adding Smart Technology to Existing Structures
In new construction, creating a smart building can be straightforward if planned correctly and collaboratively. But the path to make an older building smart isn’t always straight. Historic restorations are perhaps the most vivid example of trying to teach an older building new tricks with smart technology. Xicato Inc., a lighting and controls manufacturer based in San Jose, Calif., has taken on several projects where smart technology is applied to older structures. London’s Westminster Abbey has been a showcase project.
Nearly 80 percent of millennials say that their working environment is more important than their salary. Yet according to research from our technology partner CommScope, despite this, nearly half of UK office workers admitted having to step out of the building to make a phone call or access 4G data services on their mobile device due to a lack of coverage indoors.
Anixter has unveiled its new Utility Grade INFRASTRUCTURE platform. The new technology platform, assurance program and design approach redefines the infrastructure layer to support building subsystems, technologies and applications. Developed alongside the leading network infrastructure manufacturers, Belden, CommScope and Fluke Networks, and third-party tested and verified by UL, Anixter’s UTG program will offer UTG-rated cabling solutions and provide the foundation that will unlock the potential of the next generation of buildings to maximize ROI and enhance user experience.
Ruckus Networks (now part of CommScope) has expanded its hospitality connectivity portfolio to include the company’s ICX 7150-24F fiber switch, ICX 7150-C08 compact switch and Fiber Backpack, which supports its H510 access point (AP). The new products add fiber support to existing offerings for hospitality and multi-dwelling unit (MDU) customers. Together with CommScope’s structured cabling products, the company offers customers an end-to-end solution. Ruckus is also announcing the addition of new Internet of Things (IoT) partners to its ecosystem to better address hospitality business priorities, including improving operational efficiency, enhancing guest services, and increasing guest and staff safety.
Transaction Network Services has significantly upgraded and expanded its network capacity to include dark fiber connectivity in the strategically important “New York Triangle”, giving financial traders ultra-high-speed access to market data and TNS’ financial community of interest. The new TNS dark fiber network can be expanded up to four terabits of capacity, effectively preparing traders’ networks for the future as their data requirements with TNS grow.
The Internet of Things Security Foundation (IoTSF) has established to make it safe to connect in the smart and hyper-connected era of IoT. Our Smart Building Working Group will establish a comprehensive set of guidelines to help each of the supply chain participants to specify, procure, install, integrate, operate and maintain IoT securely in buildings. This includes intelligent buildings equipment and controls such as audio visual (AV), fire, HVAC, lighting and building security.
“‘Murder by pacemaker’” isn’t a real thing, is it?” my friend asked. She’d caught a TV drama in which the victim’s pacemaker was hacked. From a remote location, the hacker—a murderer for hire—was able to access the device, accelerate the victim’s heart rate, and cause cardiac arrest. While that’s not yet possible, connected medical devices—like pacemakers, medical infusion pumps, CT scanners, and insulin pumps—are helping many of us enjoy a better quality of life. But, the advances made possible with IoT and other innovations are not without risk and healthcare is particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks.