Category: IoT

Industrial focus: Deploying fiber-optic physical infrastructure within CPwE architectures

A recent technical application guide composed by Cisco, Panduit and Rockwell Automation describes how “Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) is the underlying architecture that provides standard network services for control and information disciplines, devices, and equipment found in modern industrial automation and control system (IACS) applications.”

2020 National Electrical Code® and data/comm cables

The National Electrical Code® (NEC®) is published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with the revisions on a three-year schedule. The 2020 NEC, which replaces the 2017 NEC, was issued by the NFPA in August, 2019. This article provides the reader with a guide to the key changes in the 2020 National Electrical Code that are of interest to manufacturers, installers, distributors and users of data/comm cables.

Connected security in smart buildings

Tomorrow’s challenges can only be solved with intelligent, networked buildings, so called smart buildings. Networking encompasses all parts of a building – from the electricity supply, taking account of regenerative energy (smart grid), via safety and security technology and operational regulation through interconnected building-automation systems, to control via mobile devices. The prerequisite for all this is systems interoperability, the only way network risks can be mastered. 

Why fingerprint biometrics is the future of IT security

Passwords are outdated and no longer adequate to protect a business’ IT infrastructure and data assets. To resolve this, companies must move towards more heightened security measures, such as using employees’ physical identities and biometric data to authenticate entry to corporate buildings, networks and devices. Once, gaining access to an organisation’s headquarters through hand or fingerprint scanning seemed like something only needed for top-secret offices such as MI5, or in Mission Impossible films. However, thanks to the increasing amount of data stored on company servers, it is becoming a necessity for most organisations to secure their offices and data centres.

Machine Learning Technology to Help Manage Energy Operations of C&I Buildings

Verdigris Technologies’ will bring machine-learning applications to ABB’s global line of connected low-voltage switching fabric products to predict unplanned surges in power consumption for commercial and industrial buildings. The electrical equipment, power, robotics and automation company is launching a new digital energy app-store and Verdigris’s AI technology is their first app.

The rail network of the future is taking shape in Norway | Mobility | Siemens

Norway aims to modernize its rail network by 2034. While some lengths of track in Norwary are still operated manually, the goal is to transform the country’s entire rail network into a fully-digitalized, IP-based system — a genuine Internet of Things. In a ten-year timeframe Bane NOR will invest more than two billion euros in digitalizing and automating its rail network, as part of the company’s ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) initiative. The objective is to establish a leading position for Norway in the use of digital technologies in the rail sector with the most advanced rail network in Europe.

Challenges of implementing today’s technology in yesterday’s buildings and look to the future of sustainable smart buildings

The Smart City multi-trillion-dollar market has become an umbrella for a lot of smarts – Smart: Healthcare, Building, Industry, Logistics, Transportation, Agriculture, IoT, and more. Each one of those smarts have a gazillion applications and products that support them. But we need a better way to define the market that will allow us to talk more specifically about the needs and discern appropriate solutions quicker. A decoder ring, if you will.

BICSI signs healthcare industry MOU with Facility Guidelines Institute

BICSI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing guidance for the planning, design, and construction of hospitals, outpatient facilities, and residential health, care, and support facilities. The organization oversees the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction revision process and publication, fund research, and offer resources that support the development of safe, effective health and residential care built environments.