Building construction has undergone many evolutions since the first buildings were made thousands of years ago, and today, buildings are smarter than ever. Smart buildings were originally defined as places that use an automated system to maintain the perfect temperature, but as we know, they have evolved into much more than that. Now, smart buildings use automated systems to control lighting, security, energy, and much more. Continue reading to learn more about the new era of smart buildings called Smart Buildings 2.0.
Thinking Beyond Walls
The new era of smart buildings is about much more than the traditional aspect of a building. Smart buildings can share process efficiencies to hospitals and facilities across the globe instantly. The brick-and-mortar aspect of the infrastructure is no longer necessary, as the era of smart buildings 2.0 is all about thinking beyond the walls of the structure.
The buildings of today have infrastructure that holds the broadest array of equipment and systems, including old elevators, modern lighting controls, and electrical utilities. Executives in various industries, including factories and hospitals, are all looking to accelerate efficiencies, heighten security, and increase business intelligence. No matter what industry a business is in, they all share a similar set of challenges tied to the efficiency payoff of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) devices.
IIoT sensors and controllers are used to control environmental, assets, service delivery, and supply chain functionality, but they usually can’t protect themselves. Securely connecting IIoT devices using traditional IT solutions still leaves IT teams feeling exposed, as the devices pose many risks. The amount of time, knowledge, and money it takes to connect and integrate IIoT devices across different enterprise, remote, and cloud infrastructures isn’t practical. And after all this time and money is spent, it still doesn’t prevent hacker reconnaissance.
The best path to take is to start with zero trust, then unify networking and security. This allows you to build well-orchestrated, software-defined networks that are more secure, mobile, and scalable.
Today, universities are a great example of how buildings can benefit from the new smart building 2.0 era. Many colleges have been around for a very long time, and tend to include multiple buildings spread out over various campuses and thousands of acres. Connecting all of these buildings together is not an easy task, but it will be possible, as it is essentially just another step in smart building innovation!
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