Everywhere we go—in both commercial and residential buildings—we are encountering smart equipment and infrastructures. Recent challenges in the global business world have validated the investment owners and facilities teams have made in these forward-looking technologies that have served us so well during reduced business operations. Connected devices were put to the test during the historic disruption of 2020. Automated systems—which turned off lights and lowered power consumption, monitored activity and a host of other things when building spaces were unoccupied—are no longer a novelty. Instead, they have proven essential to efficient and secure functioning during these unforeseeable situations.
One facet that is finally tying smart technologies together is the intelligent deployment of cable management for smart buildings. According to some experts in the industry, like GlobeNewswire, the global demand for smart building technologies has just begun and is on the verge of an explosion of activity as both new construction and renovation continue. Back in 2019, the global smart building market had an estimated value of almost $50 billion and is now forecasted to reach over three times that ($125 billion) in less than a decade. These estimates may even be conservative as other businesses and technologies expand into the space.
Not unlike the human body, a smart building has its own anatomy that may be separated into various operations systems. For instance, there are processes that require no thinking or decision-making but demand a steady and uninterrupted performance of rote activity. This can be likened to autonomic processes that our body performs without conscious thinking on our part, such as breathing or pumping blood. Some devices or software have been developed to make decisions based upon information placed before them through the use of artificial intelligence. Now, we even have devices that have “learned how to learn” and can teach themselves to improve efficiency, very much like the brain.
However, the central nervous system is essential to the body, as it manages the complex task of delivering communications to any part of the body almost instantaneously. It serves to bring together and integrate all the separate functioning body parts to work as one unified process and, like the human body, it performs this without fanfare or excessive effort. It is merely the job, albeit extremely complex and detailed, that it was developed to perform.
Cable management for smart buildings can be considered the central nervous system, as it is ideal for instant communications and for monitoring how various devices are operating, ensuring there is no clash nor conflict.
With the maturity of smart buildings comes greater demands and expectations. Originally, smart buildings were considered to have performed admirably if they could monitor and manage energy usage, realizing significant savings through cutting unnecessary waste and consumption by reducing or turning off the heating and cooling outputs in less-populated areas of the structure.
Nowadays, such features are considered the bare minimum a smart building should offer. In fact, smart buildings now begin their job at the construction stage; construction firms are learning how to greatly decrease the carbon impact that often occurs while building the structure. This results in a better start out of the gate, as wastage has been reduced and energy efficiencies are now being integrated within the very structure of the smart building.
Designers of smart buildings need to pay attention to four key components that will optimize the structure in terms of both long-term growth and continuing sustainability. Specifically, there are four key areas where designers want to fine-tune their expertise; by doing so, they will be able to maximize the efficiency, performance, and value of the smart buildings they are constructing.
Much of risk management boils down to proactive practices put into place along with a clear line of defensive actions ready to be called upon at a moment’s notice, First to know are the five crucial P’s established in video-surveillance cybersecurity:
On a larger and broader scale, you must not only commit the 5 Ds of Defense to memory, but it must become ingrained into the very fiber of your being. These five actions are designed to thwart any security threat you may encounter and as you will see, actions may vary depending upon the type and severity of risk you are encountering:
Clearly, competent and effective risk management is a cornerstone of a fully secured and functional smart building; once expertise in assessing and reducing risks is developed, many of those skills are translatable to smart devices, meaning risk management can be integrated within an intelligently designed smart building.
Our internal business networks are really microcosms of the way the human race relates and interacts with each other. When communications are clear and timely, the workforce stays on track and focused, resulting in top performances as a normal way of getting the job done. Such a philosophy points to a strong need for reliable and quality networks. While many laypersons believe wireless connectivity to be of the greatest value and versatility, such connections are better served when meeting appropriate needs, such as the worker on the move or out in the field.
However, when it comes to intelligently and powerfully equipping a smart building, experts look to Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology for the best results as measured in reliability, speed, and accuracy. This technology lets smart buildings maximize their own performance by simultaneously delivering electric power and valuable data on the same physical cable system. PoE offers a plethora of benefits to any network using the technology, including:
With the following PoE devices, you are empowered to do virtually anything with your network:
Of course, every detail deserves attention and top solutions, which is why selecting the right Ethernet cables is never as simple as going online and finding the cheapest provider of PoE cables. Whenever shopping for PoE cables, the following features will ensure you are acquiring quality PoE cables that will adequately serve your network demands:
Remember that, as the central nervous system of your smart building, you want only the highest quality and most reliable devices and equipment at your service.
The purpose of any workplace is to facilitate the productivity of the workers occupying such a space. Too often this concept gets lost in the larger picture when paying attention to optimizing the internal operations of a smart building, such as observing empty spaces and shutting off energy to such inactive areas.
Everyone wants to learn the secret to unlocking peak performances in their workforce, but it may not be as secretive as one might imagine. Smart businesses understand the necessity of structuring environments conducive to higher productivity levels, with a focus on boosting individual and group performances with these techniques:
With these primary principles of workforce productivity in mind, smart buildings can pick up the pace and offer support through better space management, clear and relevant reporting, and even overseeing meeting times by flashing lights a minute before the scheduled end of meetings.
Smart buildings offer the perfect opportunity for bringing together all the disparate devices capable of communicating with others but not yet taking advantage of such capabilities; this is simply because there is no “central nervous system” to which these devices can attach, such as you will find with intelligent cable management for smart buildings.
By deliberately integrating the BIoT concept within the very fabric of the smart building design, you move beyond mere smartness and evolve into an articulate, well-informed, highly functional smart building better capable of its own levels of peak performance. It makes complete sense that, just as with the sentient workforce in whom you invest the future of your enterprise, a smart building should be taught to set realistic but optimal goals; the idea of a smart building learning from the peak performance experience of its human counterparts and developing its own self-improvement program is not at all farfetched. It is the natural outgrowth of intelligent and informed learning, something all smart structures already know and apply in their everyday activities.
Already, the BIoT is generating savings and shrinking carbon footprints through improved energy efficiencies; likewise, security is a known process easily managed and maintained. It appears to be the next natural and logical stage in the evolution of BIoT to also participate more actively in less tangible but equally, if not more, important than running an efficient building; namely, taking on the important task of positively influencing workforce productivity as already outlined in the previous section.
When making the investment in smart building design, you want to be comprehensive enough to consider the larger picture of the PoE network while not overlooking the seemingly little things, like using quality materials, beginning with cables, hubs, and other basic equipment. At Planet Technology USA, we know how you can truly empower your own Power over Ethernet solutions: by starting with quality materials that will support and grow your network and business. We invite you to contact us so you can get up to speed; we can help you form intelligent answers to your network concerns and show you how with PoE, you have the power and flexibility for your network to go wherever your business wants to lead it. Instead of being harnessed by an unwieldy network, we can demonstrate how PoE can deliver the flexibility for growth and adaptation of your network into the core of your smart building design.