Smart Buildings & Data Responsibility: What to Know Now

2018 was a big year for changes in the way that people interact with technology. On the one hand, adoption of smart devices has never been greater, with more than 19 million smart speakers (Amazon Echo and the like) shipped in just the third quarter of 2018. On the other hand, the European Union’s GDPR (General … Read more

Building Technology Trends for AEC and CRE in 2019

As 2018 comes to an end, the optimal smart building — one that integrates technology on every level to drive performance, interactivity, and productivity — remains largely on the horizon. What’s holding us back? A lack of systems interoperability, a robust enough information infrastructure, and a vision for what to do with all that data mean that … Read more

Should Technology Infrastructure Be Part of Your Base Building Design?

When commercial building developers assemble a core and shell design team, it typically includes the consultants they feel are necessary to complete the base building design. What makes up the base building scope? Usually, it’s defined as the site infrastructure (roads, paths, pavement, drainage, landscape), building foundation and structure, building envelope, finished circulation and common areas … Read more

Powering Devices Over Ethernet: What You Need to Know

Your building’s low-voltage infrastructure is about to get more useful. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has issued a new standard amendment, IEEE 802.3bt-2018, that will make powering devices over ethernet more effective, an approach known in the industry as Power over Ethernet, or PoE. PoE has been around for over a decade, but … Read more

Three Ways the AV/IT Convergence Has Changed the Design Profession

In case you haven’t noticed, the internet is eating all the things. Audio and video components in both home and commercial environments are no longer standalone devices. Instead, they are often networked to one another and to the internet. The pro audiovisual industry refers to this as the AV/IT convergence, and it offers many advantages for businesses. … Read more

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Real Time Location Systems Boost Healthcare Outcomes

Over the last ten to 15 years there has been a big technology push in the healthcare industry. It started with technology advancements in electronic medical equipment and has evolved into many technologies that are focused on improving patient care, patient recovery times, and staff efficiency. In fact, we have seen the healthcare industry go from … Read more

How to Prepare Your Network for the IoT: A Checklist

Prepping Your Network for the Internet of Things: A Checklist for Owners and Design Providers Worried about IoT security? Stymied by network design considerations? To make sure your network has the speed and security necessary to support the technology your workforce wants, including but not limited to the Internet of Things, you’ll need to ask the right questions of … Read more

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How the Internet of Things Will Change Workplace Design

Inanimate objects are about to change the way you think about workplace design. The Internet of Things, physical devices networked and able to send and receive data, will transform work tasks and the design process. As our fixtures get smarter and our furniture is freed from the tyranny of the cord, architects and interior designers will find themselves … Read more

Trend Watch: the IoT in the Office

Between email, phone calls, video conferencing, and that quaint “in-person” method, people continually expand on how to keep in touch with one another. The most inefficient part of the communication chain is the human element. So what happens when the human element is removed from the communication practice? Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT)! It’s hard … Read more

One Minute Data Download: What is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things is a group of smart devices that transmit information over a network. Sounds simple, right? In fact, IoT technology is rapidly changing processes across industries. We’re researching the ways this technology will affect the future of technology in buildings. Watch our one-minute animated infographic to get the essentials. Sources: “Connecting to the … Read more