Biden administration to focus on smart buildings

President-elect Joe Biden has committed his administration to focusing on energy efficiency and renewable energy — admirable goals to be sure. But the new Biden Administration must also focus on smart building technology, smart cities, and building automation, according to a piece on ARCWeb. That’s because so many buildings are old. The latest Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey reported that half of all existing buildings were built between 1960 and 1999, and 21 percent were built before 1960.

Smart Buildings: the possibilities for Facility Managers

Lighting, ventilation or heating that responds to presence, smart security software or the application of sensors: in the age of Internet of Things, almost all of our devices will be linked online. More and more attention is also being paid to integrated building automation in renovation and new construction of office buildings. These buildings where smart technology is applied are called Smart Buildings. In this article, we will take a closer look at what Smart building exactly entails and what this means for the Facility Manager today.

IoT/IIoT Connections in Unforgiving Environments

IIoT environments will expose networks to more extreme environmental factors including mechanical forces (e.g., crushing and vibration), ingress of liquids and dust, chemical or climatic issues (e.g., temperature and corrosive solvents), and electromagnetic interference (EMI). While industrial environments and IIoT devices are most often associated with these factors, the proliferation of IoT means that devices communicating via standard commercial Ethernet may also be located in more unforgiving environments than ever before.

Fastest-Ever Internet Speed Could Download Whole Netflix in Seconds

The researchers from University College London achieved the new world record for the fastest internet of 178 terabits a second, which is five times faster than the previous world record held by a team in Japan and close to the theoretical limitations of the data transmission set out by American mathematician Claude Shannon in 1949. This means if that data connection were wired to your home broadband, it would allow you to download 22million HD photos in under a second, and download more than 220 4K-quality movies in a second.

Webinar: Evolution of the Workplace

This documentary style interview with industry thought leaders addresses ideas to leverage technology in ways that improve our physical, digital and experiential worlds. We’ll cover aspects of the Built Environment from Education, Healthcare, Commercial Buildings, Data Centers and Cities, then focus on current and future challenges and how we can all adapt our spaces for a better normal.

How To Down-Select Colocation Candidates

To identify the most suitable colo candidates, many users begin with a simple web search referencing the desired geographical locations. Then, to shortlist the options, users generally evaluate candidates on 12 attributes, including capacity, reliability, efficiency, telecom, risk avoidance, managed services, financial stability, expertise, and costs. Factors most important to some enterprises, such as low cost or cloud direct-connect circuit availability, may be less important to others who might be focused on scalability or cooling density instead. Users must prioritize features and benefits when down-selecting candidate facilities for further consideration.

Sumitomo Electric secures submarine cable contract in Alaska

Sumitomo has been awarded a contract for the Stikine Crossing Submarine Cable Replacement Project from Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA). The project involves replacing a 138kV OF (Oil Filled) submarine power cable with an environmentally friendly 69kV XLPE (Cross-linked polyethylene) submarine cable with ancillary equipment for a fully functional system in the Stikine crossing (approx. 16,700 feet) between Vank and Woronkofski Islands, near Wrangell, Alaska, USA.