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Smart buildings are the building blocks that will enable society’s digital transformation. This revolution will leverage data from myriad devices to bring new insights and enable new products and services. Around the globe, the smart buildings technology market will explode 16.1% over the next five years from a 2018 market size of $30.5 billion.

When we talk about smart buildings at the most basic level, we mean a facility with advanced automation and integration to monitor and optimize facility operations and maintenance. This internal platform can monitor energy consumption, optimize heating and lighting, track building property and improve security. Most of these internal functions of smart building management pertain to energy consumption and efficiency. In a smart building, sensors gather data and send it to computer systems that manage and react to the data according to prescribed rules. For example, smart elevators predict and respond to usage patterns, while safety monitors with smoke sensors can automatically alert the fire department.

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Beyond this internal platform, smart buildings are the part of the critical infrastructure of smart cities. A smart building could be a broadband hot spot for law enforcement or a platform for traffic cameras. Data collected by individual smart buildings can optimize energy use and reduce carbon footprints. As smart buildings increasingly connect to become larger smart communities, the benefits of digital transformation will grow exponentially.

Smart buildings support sustainable growth by helping cities to meet environmental goals and to establish essential communications infrastructure. The technology will help cities attract businesses, citizens and tourists. Connectivity will improve for people within or even near smart buildings, bringing the potential to impact one of society’s greatest challenges — closing the digital divide.

Smart building growth will take place as policy development, investment strategy and technology deployment align. Cities seeking the intelligent, sustainable infrastructure that the future demands will arrive at one solution: smart buildings.

TIA to Host Smart Buildings and 5G Program at MWC Barcelona

*** Event Advisory: February 25-28, 2019*** Arlington, VA (February 15, 2018) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, will host a half day partner program on Smart Buildings and 5G at the 2019 MWC Barcelona. Presented by TIA and its sponsors including Dell EMC,…

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The Telecommunications Industry Association is well represented at MWC 2018. TIA NOW talks to Wes Johnston, TIA’s CEO, about his impressions of the event, TIA’s smart buildings initiative, and its Network of the Future Conference.

Building a Better Building is Smart

What defines a smart building? How do smart buildings fit into smart communities? Is legacy infrastructure a problem? Join TIA NOW as we talk to Hugh Ujhazy, Associate VP for IoT and Telecommunications at IDC, about the architecture of the smart community.

CES Gets Smart

The buzz at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was about new developments in connectivity. Harry Smeenk, TIA's VP of Programs, discusses how innovations in smart homes/communities, autonomous vehicles and AI changed this year's CES from device focused to technology focused.

Smart Buildings: Where Construction Meets IT

The need to create smarter businesses through the deployment of new technologies requires more efficient and better connected buildings in which to house those businesses. Here to discuss the latest developments of planning and construction of smart buildings - and the federal government’s role in helping - are Maria Vargas, Director of the U.S. Department…

Beyond Building Automation

The smart home and building is not a new frontier for the tech industry but what’s beyond automation. At MWC 2015 to tell us more about the smart home and building spaces are Priit Vimberg, CEO at YOGA and Ben Tan, Product Manager for Smart Homes of the IoT Group at Intel.


Assessing Smart Buildings: In-building Connectivity How optimized network infrastructure can facilitate a safer and more productive return to work This webinar will examine how the information and communications technology (ICT) networks within smart buildings enable improved work environments for employees and tenants. Our expert panelists will discuss how businesses and building owners are redefining strategies…

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Smart Buildings

TIA’s Smart Buildings Program is developing a common framework for the smart buildings ecosystem that unites connectivity, interoperability, communications, and capacity to create a scalable foundation for creating the smart city.

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