Tag: Smart Buildings

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Passwords are outdated and no longer adequate to protect a business’ IT infrastructure and data assets.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.

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.

NTT report finds ‘digital natives’ don’t prioritize cybersecurity

In today’s multigenerational workforce, professionals over the age of 30 are more likely to adopt cybersecurity best practices than their younger colleagues who have grown up with technology, are concerned by the cybersecurity skills shortages in their organizations — and are more likely to pay hackers’ ransom demands. This insight comes from research recently conducted by the Security division of NTT Ltd., a leading global technology services company, regarding generational attitudes toward cybersecurity. Among the more than 2,000 professionals surveyed, nearly 700 respondents – all under 30 – worked outside of IT in management and decision-making positions.

Coming to terms with smart

It’s happening again; this time, we’re obsessing over all things “smart.” At first, there were just smartphones. Then came smart watches, smart homes, smart grids, smart switches and smart cities. At some point, the term “smart” became diluted as marketers started applying it to more and more solutions. It’s time to stop and ask: What do we really mean by “smart”? Hidden in that definition is the need for connectivity and the ability to inform the user in order to guide decisions.

What Building Products Manufacturers Need to Know About Smart Buildings

The building construction industry touches every part of our lives – from our homes, schools and workplaces, to our community spaces and general infrastructure.According to IFMA, one in every three buildings is more than 50 years old. More than 70% of buildings are 20 years old, or older! It is safe to assume that these existing buildings overall are not “smart” and accessing information about any aspect of them is difficult and in many cases, cost prohibitive.

Start with HVAC to become more energy efficient

For commercial building owners and operators looking to find ways to become more energy efficient, identifying your biggest energy offender is a great place to start. According to a study published by the Department of Energy, on average 40% of energy costs in commercial buildings go to HVAC. With this in mind, finding the right HVAC controls solution is crucial to helping commercial buildings manage energy spend.

Time to Get Ahead of the Wi-Fi 6 Upgrade Curve

Each generation of Wi-Fi arrives like the tide, slowly building up, not arriving all at once, but unstoppable nevertheless. Cisco has been preparing for Wi-Fi 6 for some time now. The standard is finalized. 802.11ax (aka Wi-Fi 6) certification of radios, access points, and controllers is underway. Manufacturers are busy incorporating Wi-Fi 6 chipsets into their new products.Whether your organization is expanding with new buildings, adding employees, or moving to cloud services, upgrading to Wi-Fi 6 will provide many immediate benefits and prepare for future growth.