Category: Smart Building

Smart cities could give the visually impaired a new outlook on urban life

Imagine a city equipped with technology that enables the visually impaired to recognise people, places or even bank notes, helping them to live more independently whether indoors or in a public place. That’s the promise of so-called smart cities, which use things like internet-connected devices and artificial intelligence to improve services and the quality of life for their residents.

Cabling future-ready commercial office buildings

The concept of networking in office buildings evolving from a competitive selling feature to a necessary fourth utility alongside electricity, gas, and water has developed in the last 10 years. The need to enable more instrumentation and control points inside buildings requires wired and wireless networks to connect them back to the services that orchestrate their overall operations. The fourth utility has to span from basement to roof, and from carpeted floors to the parking garage. Cabling infrastructure that is not future-ready will require replacement or augmentation to accommodate the inevitable changes to the attached active electronics over the cabling’s 20-year useful life.

Cybersecurity’s Path in the Future of BACnet

No system out there is impenetrable. But BACnet, an ANSI/ASHRAE and global ISO standard that covers a rage of IoT, IP and operational technology devices, is exploitable. The more than 25 million BACnet devices — which include HVAC, lighting controls, ACS, mart meters, elevator controls, UPS and other building automation systems — are easy points of entry even for a novice hacker.

Webinar: Overcome the Technology Gap in Smart Buildings Adoption

During this free webinar, attendees will gain insights from new research that shows the vast majority of building and security professionals still use outdated and inaccurate methods to account for people during an emergency; to understand visitor location inside the building; and to determine general occupancy. Join us and learn how new technologies can make buildings smarter and improve workplace security. You’ll also learn best practices to improve emergency planning, meet compliance, and optimize resources.

Smart security within the intelligent city

For the vision of the smart city to be fully realised, there are challenges that need to be overcome. One of the most pressing is around security. Perhaps the question isn’t whether or not security is a concern, but rather whether or not security is being effectively addressed within the cohesive ecosystem of the smart city, and how this is defined.

Report: Smart Buildings Vulnerable To New Malicious Cyber Attack

Critical internet-connected smart building devices used in countless commercial and industrial properties, have been found to be vulnerable to a new malicious attack, according to cybersecurity researcher Bertin Bervis.The vulnerability exploits the properties in the building automation protocol (Bacnet) which enables technicians and engineers performing monitoring, setup changes and remote control of a wide range of key smart systems that impact temperature control, and other monitoring systems. Bervis analyzed several building automation devices with built-in web applications for remote monitoring and control.

The IoT-Ness of Smart Buildings

The Internet of Things is advancing a new breed of smart buildings that are better aligned with the priorities of property owners and managers. IoT enables systems that deliver more accurate and useful information for improving operations and providing the best experiences for tenants. But how do we move forward with large-scale IoT deployments in buildings? TIA’s Clarence Reynolds leads this discussion that includes Brad Klenz – Distinguished IoT Analytics Architect, SAS; Leonard Lee, Managing Director and Founder of neXt Curve; and Todd Boucher, Principal and Founder of Leading Edge Design Group.

Connected campus: the next step toward a smart city

The connected campus is the proving ground for smart cities. Hardly confined to higher education, connected campuses include medical and technology parks as well as corporate campuses and airports that are miniature smart cities. In addition to highly connected workspaces, smart campuses such as those owned by Google and Apple include childcare, sports and recreational facilities, cafeterias, health-care facilities and smart transportation systems.