Building Automation and Managing the Corporate Facility

Building Automation ImageToday’s facility and IT managers are facing multiple challenges in managing corporate facilities. The corporate facility includes various areas such as the commercial building, manufacturing floor, warehouse, remote sites, and data center. All of these corporate facilities require different attention from the managers to meet the corporate sustainability goals set forth by the executive team. Goals that mainly revolve around reducing CapEx and OpEx costs by performing energy reduction, capacity planning, equipment life-cycle-management, and provide a productive and collaborative work environment that the manager has to deal with on a continuous basis. These top-of-mind issues require accurate data collection, and are converted into useable information to enable smart decision-making. At the same time, the manager is asked to perform all of his or her daily activities with less staff to reduce overhead cost. This “do more with less” phenomena requires the manager to utilize the latest Information Technology to gain insights into areas that need improvement through the use of Building Automation Systems and benchmarking against industry metrics. A good Building Automation System empowers organizations to reduce operational and capital expenses, improve visibility of key operational data, and enable sustainable, energy efficient facilities.

 

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DAS Matters Now More Than Ever

KenI would like to introduce Ken Sandfeld from SOLiD, our guest author this week.  Ken is the Executive Vice President at SOLiD, leading the go-to-market and product strategy activities for network densification solutions.  He has over 17 years of experience in the wireless infrastructure industry and is passionate about bringing innovative technologies to market. Thank you Ken, for your valuable time and input this week!

DAS Matters Now More Than Ever

As a manufacturer of indoor and outdoor wireless network densification solutions, we keep a bird’s eye view of the industry to spot market and technology trends. So it was with keen interest that we observed multiple articles and reports originating from the recently-concluded Mobile World Congress touting the comeback of DAS or Distributed Antenna Systems.

Really? We didn’t know DAS was purportedly on the outs.

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Is It Time to Beef Up Your School Technology Infrastructure?

School curriculum is changing! You used to have pencils, paper, chalkboards, and if you were lucky, an overhead projector.  Now our children are using computers, iPads, or even learning from the comfort of their own home! The technology advances in the education field are amazing, but what does it mean for a school’s physical infrastructure?  Are they prepared to handle all of these advanced digital materials and learning devices?

We all know that bandwidth requirements are ever-increasing, and if you work in the education field, how can you be prepared to future-proof your network?  With many districts facing these same future-proofing issues, here are six strategies for school IT administrators to consider before embarking on any physical infrastructure technology improvement plan.

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Building Systems Convergence – Are You on Board?

When you think of all the systems your building operates it can be an overwhelming list!  You typically have communication, computing, power, lighting, security, HVAC and fire life and safety systems right?  All of these systems help a facility function on a day to day basis by providing a means to communicate with one another, power the building, maintain climate and lighting control, and basic engineering and maintenance. But typically, each of these systems run on a dedicated network with various protocols, which aren’t integrated, increasing complexity, staff, and not to mention points of control.

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Don’t Miss Us at AFCEA West 2014!

In our last post we announced our partnership with SOLiD in effort to provide enhanced cellular service, both voice and data, as well as carry 2-way radio transmissions and public safety announcements via In-Building DAS Solutions.  In order to promote our partnership, we are pleased to announce that both Panduit and SOLiD will be participating in the AFCEA West event in San Diego, CA, February 11 -13, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Co-Sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, West 2014 is the largest event on the west coast for the U.S. government, armed forces, and the contractors that support them.  This event gives these individuals the opportunity to engage on multiple levels with both their peers and suppliers, as well as attend technical sessions revolving around emerging technologies and equipment relevant to their industry.

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Panduit Partners with SOLiD on In-Building DAS Solutions

In a previous post I wrote about how many organizations are beginning to deploy in-building Distributed Antenna Systems, also known as DAS.  DAS is a network of antenna nodes connected to a common source via a transport medium that provides wireless service within a geographic area or building.  This type of system works in conjunction with your traditional Wi-Fi network in order to provide users with enhanced cellular service, both voice and data, as well as carry 2-way radio transmissions and public safety announcements.

Cell PhonesIn order to facilitate this type of technology, Panduit has partnered with leading DAS provider SOLiD. SOLiD is a global RF amplification and optical network transport solutions company that enables indoor and outdoor cellular, public-safety and Wi-Fi communications at some of the best-known and most challenging venues. SOLiD’s solutions can be found in leading hospitals; Olympic, professional, and college sports venues; government, university and Fortune 500 corporate buildings and campuses; international airports and metropolitan subways; and other high-profile sites. SOLiD’s DAS, small cell backhaul and passive optical LAN (POL) portfolio addresses current and future network densification requirements.

Together, SOLiD and Panduit provide customers with industry-leading physical infrastructure solutions including copper, fiber and cabinet/rack/enclosure products for seamless deployment to satisfy RF needs. The combined solutions between Panduit and SOLiD help enterprise customers deploy technology to address indoor wireless communication requirements. SOLiD’s DAS solutions and complementary Panduit infrastructure solutions provide:

  • Integrated high-performance wireless and public safety coverage
  • Secure and scalable wireless technology
  • Superior customer care and support

“Our partnership with Panduit is important because it allows us to combine our DAS expertise with a company known for solving the challenging and constantly changing wireless infrastructure needs of enterprises and building owners,” said SOLiD President Seth Buechley. “We look forward to working closely with Panduit to improve wireless communications capacity and coverage for our customers and to make indoor radio communications more reliable for first responders during emergencies.”

To learn more about the Panduit Technology Ecosystem Partnership with SOLiD, please visit www.panduit.com/SOLiD.

Changing Technology is Reshaping Education

Constantly changing technology is reshaping the way we all work, play, communicate, and educate. A new generation of students, more intimately familiar with computing, multimedia tools, and distance learning expect more from their education environment than just books and chalkboards. Gone are the days when a cart-mounted TV and video unit were considered “multi-media” tools. Today’s students expect high-tech learning institutions as well as the flexibility to learn from the comfort of their own home.

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New applications allow teachers, professors, and instructors to provide a more dynamic and effective learning experience, improve teaching techniques, and ultimately raise test scores and graduation rates. In a fast-paced society, presenting students with literally hundreds of educational choices daily, it is important for schools, colleges, and universities to take advantage of changing technology tools and new applications, in order to stay competitive and keep students’ attention.

By adopting new technologies such as converged networks, wireless applications, and connected buildings systems, educational institutions can broaden the range of tools available in the classroom, improve network access and security for remote students, consolidate information, and maintain student records across an entire campus, all at a reduced operating cost. From using smartphones and tablets, to taking class attendance, to managing a centrally distributed audio-video program, convergence and deployment of wireless offers a whole new spectrum of services and benefits.

For more information on how Panduit can help you create a high-tech learning institution please visit www.panduit.com/education.

Why Stock NetKey Products in Your Distribution Branch?

Last time, in our “Small to Medium Business Market: The Key is Availability” post, we talked about the SMB contractor and how our NetKey Cabling System is an ideal solution for their needs.  Now we want to turn our focus on distribution.  Why is it important for you to stock Panduit NetKey product, and how can this help you increase business flow in your local branch?

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Small to Medium Business Market: the Key is Availability

Are you among the large number of contractors doing work in the small to medium business (SMB) market such as K-12 schools, retail, multi-unit residential buildings, clinics and local government offices?  If you are, then you need products that are specifically designed for your needs with local availability, ease of installation, standards compliancy, convenient packaging and price valued products.
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Wireless Technology in the Enterprise Space

Today’s generation of workers expect a mobile work environment.  With trends like virtual desktop initialization and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) coming into play, employees are online practically 24/7 it seems.  In order for companies to be able to support these wireless trends, they must make sure that their infrastructure is robust enough to withstand increased network traffic and high bandwidth applications. Continue reading