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
Chris Goodman, the Senior BMS Technician at Coventry University, had broadcast storms that were happening more and more frequently.
Ongoing construction due to Coventry’s campus expansion meant lots of new activity, with technicians installing new devices and making network changes. Already juggling these constant additions and alterations, Goodman and his small team then had to deal with the subsequent broadcast storms. As the broadcast storms became more frequent, Goodman and his team needed a solution.
Find out how Visual BACnet helped Chris solve the broadcast storms and improve Network Health in our free case study!
Stack Infrastructure is a portfolio of hyperscale computing data centers. OTI completed work on Phases I and II, and returned for the Phase III build-out of a 4-megawatt data hall and brand new central plant. The Optigo Connect network put in place in Phases I and II was expanded on this project. The team achieved quick roll-out of a large, multi-service redundant network using the Optigo OneView management interface. Going forward, the facility management team can use OneView to remotely monitor equipment, manage power usage, and meet up-time goals.
The Landmark is a sophisticated mixed-use high-rise in Mexico. The owners wanted to integrate all OT systems in the skyscraper, while maintaining separate networks for each application. The Landmark is the fourth joint project between Optigo Networks and MR Soluciones. Together, these companies provide robust services to meet any challenge.
Delta Building Automation (Australia) had a big job renovating the Headquarters for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) at 45 Benjamin Way. The building owner wanted to improve the building’s energy use and increase their National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) score to more than 4.5 stars, out of a possible total of six. Securing the network both internally and externally was a big priority, as well.
When Tom Walker looked at Penn State University’s Navy Yard network, he saw huge issues. The system was busy and loud, to the point where the overrun network was bringing down the entire building. Because this was happening on the MS/TP network, pinpointing the problem would mean boots on the ground to segment and test the chain, piece by piece.
When Tom Walker first started working at Penn State University four years ago, there were a lot of network issues. Buildings were dropping offline. Broadcast traffic was pushing 90,000 packets per hour. Walker was on the phone almost every single night because devices were down or had to be reset.
When MR Soluciones began work on Torre Manacar, they knew they needed a flexible and scalable network infrastructure to support a wide array of integrated systems. Optigo Networks was a natural fit for the massive project, designing a robust network at a competitive cost.
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.