At various times in my life, I have struggled to
get a good night’s sleep. When my wife and I had babies in the house, a good night’s
sleep was pretty much replaced by short naps between feedings and diaper changings.
Due to frequent travel, I often have jet lag and have some challenges getting
my body clock and time zones to synch up. But for me and lots of folks,
restless nights are often caused by worries that nag us well into the late
hours of the night.
In today’s explosion of technology, the concept
of the “Building of the Future” must create a lot of concerns and challenges
for building owners and real estate management. The idea of planning a
“Building of the Future” implies developing a blue print that is not only
groundbreaking, but also forward-thinking. Sure this can be exciting, but with an
expenditure spanning from millions to
possibly billions of dollars, it could cause you to lose a bit of sleep.
To help you feel better about the large
expenditure for buildings, here are three
S’s that I believe should be carefully considered as buildings are being visualized, designed and built:
– Naturally there are the normal physical security considerations such as
building access, personnel clearance and others. When thinking about a building
that supports Wi-Fi, wireless mobility and more traditional IP and wired infrastructure,
data integrity is also a big concern. Each approach has pros and cons, and for
most applications, appropriate database encryption and password management are
proven approaches. Often, there is a need to provide both an internal Wi-Fi
network for employees and tenants and a public Wi-Fi network for guests.
– There is a host of public safety systems in operation around the world today.
For example, in the US there are public safety and emergency response systems
that operate in a variety of frequency bands. Today there are initiatives to
develop a coast-to-coast
emergency response system with 700 MHz LTE. In Europe, the traditional TETRA networks
in the 380 Mhz bands are also being considered for future upgrades. In addition
to emergency response, there are potential applications for in-building
location systems, similar to the E-911 location requirements for outside
– Once these systems are in place, they become normal and expected services,
which inherently implies a certain level of system availability and performance
stability. Beyond pure reliability, we also know that the performance of both
Wi-Fi and wireless technologies are influenced by the number of users and the
applications being run at any particular time.
There are many factors driving the next
generation of smart buildings and taking these steps might help those involved sleep
a little better at night.
Also, if you are attending the 2015 Winter BICSI Conference &
Exhibition in Orlando, from February
22 -26, be sure to stop by CommScope
booth #215 to see and hear about some of the latest technology and concepts
that support the “Building of the Future.”
If you have any questions about the three S’s or
have something to add about planning a new building, leave a comment below.