Category: Smart Building

Why FiberLert is a Game Changer in Fiber Optics

FiberLert is essentially a voltage detector-like tool from the electrical world that has been reinvented to work in the fiber world, a fiber optic tester that is hypersensitive to the presence of a live optical signal without physical contact. It is not only useful as a troubleshooting and polarity tool, but as a safety tool to verify disconnection prior to inspection with a direct-view inspection scope. It is easy to use with minimal training and is useful in so many ways.

UL Solutions unveils SPIRE Qualification Program for smart buildings

UL Solutions this month announced the SPIRE Qualification Program, which empowers third-party building professionals to broaden their skill set and business by learning to conduct a SPIRE Smart Building Assessment.
The SPIRE Qualification Program is part of the SPIRE Smart Buildings Program, an objective assessment and rating program for smart buildings created in a partnership between the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and UL Solutions.

Hyperconnecting Here to There

As enterprise buildings and campuses grow more intelligent (think IoT, building automation and network convergence), facility and network managers are deploying massive numbers of new devices, sensors, controllers, and other devices. The challenge is adapting the data and power cabling infrastructure to keep it efficient, capable and flexible.

Tackling the weaknesses of smart buildings’ technology

The integration of IoT technology in smart buildings will bring benefits as well as more and newer risks. By 2020, 1.7B connected devices have already been deployed and used globally, and this number is expected to grow to over 3B by 2024. 97% of these IoT technologies and devices are vulnerable to medium and high-level potential cyber risks, and cyberattacks have already harmed several businesses, including critical infrastructure. To continue enjoying the benefits of smart buildings, we need to find ways to safeguard both the company’s IT systems as well as its mission critical infrastructure.

Going the distance: What you need to know about breaking the 100-meter distance limitation

with the adoption of smart building technologies, more devices than ever are being connected to and powered by the network. Today’s LAN environments commonly encounter situations in which a connected end device is located too far from the nearest TR to maintain the 100m distance limitation.
It has long been known that twisted-pair copper cabling is one standards-based option for connecting devices beyond 100m, but there is confusion in the industry about the distances that twisted-pair copper cables can reliably support at various transmission speeds and remote powering levels. To strategically address scenarios where a device is located beyond 100m with reduced risk, information and communications technology (ICT) professionals need to understand the pros and cons of the various options, technical factors involved, and key considerations surrounding testing to help them identify reality and navigate claims.

TIA’s and UL’s SPIRE assessment gets to the core of smart buildings with connectivity criteria

Given the role that wired and wireless connectivity play in enabling smart building technologies, there is a need for assessment that takes a deeper dive into ensuring the ability to transmit data and power across a range of spaces, systems, and devices, while providing the resiliency to maintain operations and the bandwidth and capacity to support future technologies. One program that takes a closer look at connectivity is the SPIRE™ assessment and verification program developed by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and UL Solutions in coordination with numerous ICT technology stakeholders.

Advantages Of Turning Older Properties into Smart Office Buildings –

As far as smart technology is concerned, most people wrongly believe that it only applies to newly built properties. Though smart technology is certainly easier to incorporate into new constructions, it doesn’t mean that older office buildings shouldn’t also benefit from a modern upgrade. In existing buildings, adding smart building technologies can improve energy conservation, increase productivity, improve indoor environments, and improve sustainability.