Healthy Building Networks
What’s a healthy building network?
A healthy building network
Ensures your data moves seamlessly from edge-to-cloud or edge-to-server, uncompromised and on time. Robust connectivity of smart devices is the basis for your building functioning efficiently and dependably. User-focused management allows users to configure and manage the network from a single pane of glass. Network analytics work in real time to keep building managers informed of network changes so they are the first to know when data is compromised or delayed. Finally, security of the entire solution ensures tenants and their data are safe at all times.
Why are Healthy Building Networks important?
Because people want to live, work, and play in buildings that are secure, comfortable, and sustainable.
Healthy networks eliminate weak points in IT and OT systems, keeping digital assets and people secure.
A proactively self-managed network means it will work 24/7 to keep the building’s occupants comfortable and happy.
A healthy building network can lower operational costs and conserve energy; all while self-managing to minimize maintenance time as the network grows.
Challenges of a Healthy Building Network
The Maintenance Perspective: How easy will it be to add more devices across a physically large network in the future, and maintain them?
The Networking Perspective: Can the physical OT network handle so many devices?
Physical Safety: What if security breaches threaten physical safety, or give access to IT data?
Data Privacy and Security: Will the digital assets and confidential IT data be safe?
Service Interruptions: Will service interruptions result in frustration, fines, harm or injury?
Hackers: Will hacked machines and other outside threats have physical safety impacts?
Longevity: If it’s working, let’s not touch it. If it’s not working, I need to call in a few vendors and schedule maintenance during off hours.
Updates: How will we deal with updates and patches so we are up to date?
Working with IT/OT
IT Doesn’t Understand OT: IT seems to care more about upgrading to bigger and faster than about longevity.
OT Doesn’t Understand IT: OT often does not follow standard IT best practices such as audit trails and regular updates.
Vendor Management: Many contractors are responsible for maintaining and upgrading the system, and they need to be managed.
In-House Team: An in-house IT team or a single dedicated vendor work on the network full-time.
Leverage Consumer Trends
Deliver the cutting-edge technology your customers want, like analytics, cybersecurity and a high-performance building managed from a single pane of glass.
Increase Profit Margins
Quickly diagnose problems remotely instead of always going on site.
Reduce Installation Headaches
Monitor your network health as you install devices, so you don’t have to go back and fix them.
Optigo Quote Healthy Building Networks
Short Pump Town Center, an upscale retail center, underwent a complete renovation in 2014. The flexibility of Optigo Networks’ solution meant the retail center’s unknown final design was not a barrier to placing IP surveillance equipment in the field.
Optigo Networks connected New York-based Boulevard Mall’s security surveillance devices in December 2015, using a Passive Daisy Chain topology.
One tech support team at a manufacturer purchased an account with Visual BACnet in April 2017, for technical problems around the world.
The Aster Conservatory Green is a residential community comprising 352 residences across 24 low-rise buildings. The buildings use advanced surveillance and access control technology, including 40 HD video cameras and 60 FOB-access-tele-entry points for access control.
The Gropius Passagen in the center of Berlin is home to more than 140 shops, restaurants, and a cinema on four floors. The refurbishment and expansion included a state-of-the art network for climate control connecting the old and the new buildings expansion.
When Delta Building Automation (Australia) won the BMS Upgrade at 25 National Circuit for the Australian Trucking Association, they partnered with Optigo Networks to create a secure and robust Building Services Network (BSN). Optigo Connect more than delivered on this project with a scalable solution that restored the building network to perfection.
Optigo Connect offered a simple, cost-efficient solution for a premier Seattle-based stadium. Optigo Networks’ design improved the surveillance system to crystal clear perfection, made it dependable, and allowed the security system to scale with the addition of more than 40 16MP cameras.
Optigo Networks and Controlco offered a secure and scalable solution for four data centers’ HVAC and Access Control systems throughout the United States. Optigo Connect’s performance in the first data center was so impressive, the client asked that Optigo replicate the network design for three other data centers.
Energy analytics company BUENO Systems was working on a mall when the worst happened. The network failed and equipment failed to “ON,” which kept units running 24 hours a day. As it turns out, the mall’s network was overloaded and glitching before BUENO even deployed. It had been for a while. These latent issues were a ticking time bomb and would have resulted in a failure if any new devices were added to the network. Because it was BUENO’s device, though, they had to fix it. The only way to fix it was out of pocket.
The 33-story building sports a fully converged network. It runs all services — including building security, elevators, heating, and energy meters — over one infrastructure. More than 500 devices are connected using only five fiber strands. The entire system can be controlled by the building operator in real-time on a single dashboard.