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November 08

What Does IoT Mean for Building Developers and Owners?

The conundrum for many isn’t how to utilize this technology, but rather how they can support its rapid adoption. Enterprise, hospitality, and healthcare decision makers are continuously looking for ways to improve efficiency through the use of technology, and the shift has already begun to take form in a variety of ways:

•  In healthcare facilities, communication and patient care procedures are implementing mobile technology such as patient monitoring wearables and mobile devices for paging staff. 

•  Hospitality chains, such as Hilton Hotels, have long enabled guests to utilize their smartphones for convenient room access and bill paying at lobby bars or restaurants.

•  Businesses have implemented bring-your-own-device policies in flexible workspaces, encouraging employees to work the way they want to work, in order to increase productivity and yield optimal results.

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  In-building connectivity is a requirement, and the responsibility lies in the hands of property owners.

These scenarios reflect how tenants are utilizing IoT. At the same time, sensory and monitoring equipment is being utilized to improve building performance through communicating information from one building system to the other. So not only are tenants and guests relying heavily on wireless technology, but the foundation of the building’s operational efficiency is also tapping into its utility. In order to ensure these connections are sustained and supported, building owners must take into account the fundamental requirement for IoT technology – connectivity.

As the realm of possibilities has evolved, so has the way in which wireless ecosystems are best supported. IoT deployments continue to increase in scale at the tenant and operations level of a facility, heightening the demand for more bandwidth on low latency networks. The reliance on Wi-Fi to support this influx of connections within a building will falter due to its lack of meeting these requirements. This is why an enterprise-grade DAS solution has become a critical consideration for building owners across all industries.

Zinwave’s DAS solution provides the interoperability between cellular, public safety, and future network frequencies, such as 5G, that will empower tenants and building staff with reliable access to support the ongoing IoT evolution. Our solution is prepared for the evolution of wireless through simple software updates, yielding the lowest total cost of ownership in the market by eliminating the need for hardware overhauls when new networks are inevitably introduced.

In-building connectivity is a requirement, and the responsibility now lies in the hands of property owners. Prospective tenants now rate strong wireless infrastructure and access as a key consideration in the leasing process. Whether connectivity is powering IoT for the next Fortune 500 enterprise, saving lives through improving patient care, or making 5-star resorts destinations for the future, it is a must have for properties of the modern day. Developers and building owners must recognize these demands and enable their facilities to remain competitive in the ever-changing landscape of real estate.

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