Innovations in communications technology over the past several years have enabled ubiquitous connectivity to network resources, allowing today’s mobile workforces to leverage their technology solutions wherever they are, on any number of fixed or mobile devices – simply via an IP connection.
That same IP-based connectivity, however, holds equal promise for the facilities that are home to these resources, allowing enterprises to connect their various systems and resources on converged networks. The result is a common IT infrastructure
that reduces operational costs, increases flexibility, simplifies network management, offers increased visibility into network resources for greater control and security, and creates a “greener” IT environment.
In addition to communications systems (i.e., telephony, video conferencing, IM, unified messaging, etc.) IP networking connects nearly all elements of business critical infrastructures, including lighting, security, power, cooling, and of course data center logical systems. By leveraging unified physical infrastructure design principles across their entire facilities, businesses are able to create entirely Connected Building solutions that leverage a single, unified management and control system
. This, in turn, embodies all the benefits of Panduit’s UPI vision, allowing the entire enterprise to operate more efficiently and cost effectively.
The connected building is made possible by not only the connectivity between enterprise technologies, but the fundamental interdependence of those systems, which, while having always relied upon one another, have traditionally existed as disparate components because of the lack of connectivity between them.
By deploying an all-IP infrastructure to create connected buildings, businesses can leverage converged management solutions to increase efficiency, security, and sustainability – a natural product of the single, converged infrastructure.
Panduit, along with its host of industry partners, has developed best practices for solutions that allow businesses to align all their systems
– either in a single facility or across larger campus environments. The result is a flexible and robust infrastructure that leverages the open standards used by today’s technology vendors to integrate the broad array of applications employed in today’s complex technology environments.
The benefits of connected buildings are evidenced in many ways. For instance, key systems can be automatically triggered when an employee swipes an ID card, such as elevator access, network enablement, video monitoring systems, and environmental systems. Or, upon the triggering of a fire alarm, emergency or preferred exits can be automatically unlocked and automated announcements can be initiated building-wide. Or lighting, heating, and cooling systems can be automatically adjusted based on environmental factors or power requirements.
These and other benefits are enabled by Panduit’s connected buildings solutions
, which take into account the technological and fiscal challenges faced by businesses today. By enabling the convergence of critical systems on one platform, the solutions help not only lower costs, but increase reliability and availability of all enterprise resources, from lighting to applications hosted in data centers.
Erik Linask (News - Alert) is Group Editorial Director of TMC, which brings news and compelling feature articles, podcasts, and videos to 2,000,000 visitors each month. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Erik Linask