Starting your smart building strategy

Commercial buildings are evolving to cater to changes in technology and workplace behavior, while presenting new opportunities to maximize efficiency and productivity.

Industry leading companies are demanding versatile buildings that serve as virtual gateways to connect people within an office and around the world. Buildings of the future integrate people and systems in a dynamic and functional way.

Building owners and operators are specifically tasked with the challenge of providing safe and secure settings, network connectivity, functional spaces, and an IoT enabled environment to achieve improved business productivity.

But the question remains, how should we address the foundational elements required to migrate to a smart building platform?

Risk management

The first step in creating a safe and secure environment is through risk management, which can be achieved with a five layered physical security approach.

Deploying a layered security strategy can provide you with the ability to deter, detect, deny, defend, and detain at every layer of your commercial building, Including the property perimeter, reception, floor levels, technical spaces, and specialized zones.

These areas typically adopt a variety of security solutions, including network video surveillance, integrated access control, intrusion detection, and fire protection systems.

Network Performance

More than ever before, a high-performance structured cabling system plays an essential role in operating a smart building. Without it, you cannot achieve the best practices required to support multiple applications, cope with increased bandwidth, and eliminate network downtime.

Creating versatile physical layer connectivity is dependent on well-designed network flexibility, universal cabling topology, media selection, wireless mobility, and consideration for multi-application support.

This suggests the need for an open system platform, where hardware and software work together to increase the productivity and efficiency of the network

Workforce Productivity

Social and economic drivers are placing a larger focus on how workforce behavior can be improved with technology. This presents many challenges, including supporting a BYOD environment, and enabling collaborative business communication with seamless network availability.

Workforce productivity can be achieved through network accessibility, scalable growth, unified communication, and multi-media engagement methods utilizing in-building cellular coverage such as DAS and small cell technology, seamless Wifi connectivity, collaborative AV solutions, and communication through digital signage.

Space Utilization

With the reality of more employees concentrated in smaller spaces and increased demand for dynamic, collaborative areas, the need to optimize space is important for the productivity and efficiency of employees and of the building itself. Commercial buildings contain a number of functional spaces, including the main reception, common work areas, meeting environments, private office locations, technical rooms, and various specialized zones.

Mobile and fixed network connectivity, professional AV and lighting solutions can all assist in optimizing real estate effectiveness.

BIoT Enablement

Enabling the Internet of Things in a commercial building allows you to analyze your environment, and make real-time adjustments to improve efficiency and productivity. A truly smart building will address the challenges of open architecture design, supplier integration, and migrating to an IP platform. ABIOT enabled environment simplifies the task of managing risk, improving network performance, enhancing workforce productivity, and better space utilization.

The five senses that enable intelligent buildings include, environmental monitoring, visual management, communication enablement, security integration, and network connectivity.

Anixter’s Infrastructure as a Platform model provides you with flexibility for budgets and more choices when selecting the technology that addresses your current and next generation commercial building needs.

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