Real World Advantages of Smart Building Deployments Utilizing a Fiber-to-the-Edge Network

As the world becomes increasingly connected, customers’ demand for faster speeds and greater integration continues to grow. Smart building owners need a network infrastructure capable of supporting todays’ demands and the technology of the future. Fiber-to-the-Edge is enabling smart building owners to achieve a cost effective, future-ready network to support advanced building automation and enhance occupant productivity, safety, and wellbeing as well as security and sustainability goals.

A Future-Ready Network

Prior to fiber-optic networks, many smart buildings were run on copper-based networks, but traditional copper-based networks often can’t meet current bandwidth demands. They were primarily designed to carry data transmissions and don’t have the ability to carry large volumes of data over long distances without splitting it up. But fiber networks are designed to carry data, voice, and video over one platform over long distances faster. Plus, fiber networks are capable of supporting advanced technologies such as 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

Fiber-to-the-Edge Networks Support Advanced Building Automation

With a single common network infrastructure, data from sensor-driven smart building applications can all be gathered in one place, providing building managers with a complete picture. Fiber-to-the edge capabilities provide real-time data which allows them to enhance:

Occupant Productivity

Fiber-to-the-edge networks provide secure connections closer to the end user providing faster, better network access. It can also help support productivity by allowing users to integrate with location-based services via a smartphone app to adjust utilities in their immediate vicinity, such as temperature and lighting, making them more comfortable. Location-based services can also help employees to easily locate something, like a mobile piece of equipment or a vacant conference room.

Occupant Safety and Wellbeing Protection

Fiber-to-the-edge networks can be utilized to provide real-time information on the environment, such as monitoring for carbon monoxide leaks. Integrated with location-based services, it can be very handy. It can help guests navigate the building, by helping them find things more easily, such as the nearest restroom. And in the event of an emergency, such as a fire, location-based services can be used to guide an occupant to the nearest exit or help locate anyone unable to get out of the building on their own.

Building Security

Real time data allows real time monitoring of a building. Sensors can be used to trigger alerts if an intrusion occurs. Plus, fiber-to-the-edge supports the ability to interact with end-point controls, buildings can be locked down instantly to block access to certain areas.

Sustainability Efforts

Smart building technology powered by a fiber-to-the-edge network can help to improve overall energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and reduce expenses. Something as simple as a sensor on a window used to alert management or using end-point technology to program if/then capabilities, such as turning off the lights in a room when it’s not occupied can help lower energy consumption.

Predictive data and alerts can also be used for predictive monitoring of equipment to prevent equipment failure, downtime and/or costly emergency repair services.

A Fiber-to-the-Edge Network Delivers an Affordable, Future-Ready Network Solution for Smart Buildings

A fiber deep infrastructure is the key to a fully future-ready network by powering the fiber and moving aggregation points as close to the edge as practically possible. This is how you get 30 years of life from your cabling, and 10-15 years of life from your network equipment.

It provides a fast and reliable service that is cost effective and scalable. It allows easy adoption of new technologies without expensive upgrades. This deployment strategy can help companies save money on their technology investments and improve customer satisfaction. So, businesses looking to keep up with demand (and the competition) should consider a fiber-to-the-edge network solution. Contact Qypsys to learn more.