Cisco has presented an interesting integrated information technology model in its Cisco ® Connected Real Estate solution. [http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/docs/trec/Cisco_AAG.pdf].
The system has overlap with green goals, and encompasses a similar conceptual shift away from the operational separation of traditional tenants in a building (each with their own communications, internet, and other systems) to shared building-wise infrastructure, which can be more efficient in cost and operation, plus provide a unified level of compliance with “green” (e.g., LEED) operational requirements.
Connectivity is treated like a new utility. The single network requires less design, engineering, installation, and operational work, increasing initial and ongoing efficiencies in time and cost, and allowing for much greater flexibility in reconfiguring space within the building. It allows for the control of building-wide systems such as HVAC, security and energy management. The building-wide performance data provides feedback and validation, providing a sensitive gauge of what is working well and what can use a tweak.
Posted by Peyton White Lumpkin, The Lumpkin Law Firm P.A.