New Buildings Increasingly Getting Built-in Ethernet
Tuesday it was announced that the construction management firm EllisDon has partnered with Cisco Systems Inc. to install Ethernet cables throughout a new Toronto, downtown office building, being constructed for the accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The building will be the first downtown Toronto building to incorporate a single fibre network carrying internet protocols. Typically Ethernet cables are installed as an after thought once the building is built, or piggy-backed off of existing coaxial cable or telephone fibre systems.
Internet protocols typically were used to transfer data between computers; however as more and more devices are being designed to take advantage of this transmission of data and become “connected” there is an increased demand for data transmission. Current building automated systems (HVAC, elevators, sprinkles) are able to deliver real time statistics and operating data to maintenance staff, as well as be connected remotely for maintenance, operations and efficiency. The trend for more voice and video data to be transmitted through a network is also increasing the demands on ISPs from business, installing the right infrastructure will allow companies to take advantage of these new technologies.
A building’s information network is becoming more and more a utility and instrumental for it’s occupants, as it connects people with people, and people with real time data from machines and objects. As stated by Rick Huijbregts, an architect and Cisco Canada’s vice-president for smart and connected communities. “We are looking at the means of pushing bits and bytes and trying to connect people to people, people to devices and machines, and machines to machines, and we see this as being very important in buildings.”
With Cisco as the installer of the infrastructure it allows other service based companies to focus more on the delivery of service vs. the maintenance and trouble shooting associated with managing typical Ethernet infrastructure, and companies to benefit from increased integration of their systems as the infrastructure becomes more and more separated by local area networks and programming vs. actual fibres. The foresight to consider Ethernet a utility for building maintenance and operations is the first step in maximizing a building’s efficiency and to eventually connecting buildings to buildings, and integrating cities.