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.
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.
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.
Join WESCO and Corning for a BICSI accredited presentation discussing the impact of IoT and 5G on traditional networks, the optical based solutions available and the design options that will help the infrastructure scale with the technology and prepare your business for the massive growth in network traffic that is expected over the next few years.
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will gain insights from new research that shows the vast majority of building and security professionals still use outdated and inaccurate methods to account for people during an emergency; to understand visitor location inside the building; and to determine general occupancy.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.
Widespread digitization of building operations and rising incidences of cyberattacks on operational environments are driving the adoption of information technology (IT)/operational technology (OT) security services in smart buildings. The market is estimated to reach $897 million by 2022, increasing at a record compound annual growth rate of 37%.
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.
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 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.
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.