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Smart Buildings will create a scalable foundation for creating the elusive smart city, building by building, from the ground up.

Launched in 2017, TIA’s Smart Buildings Program focuses on connectivity, interoperability, communications and capacity. It brings together thought leaders and subject matter experts from across the real estate and ICT ecosystem to define exactly what a smart building is and provide a framework for assessing that definition.

Developing smart buildings will give rise to smart campuses, which will foster smart communities, and eventually smart cities. While areas such as smart HVAC, lighting and kiosks directories are integral components of a smart building, TIA and its member companies have identified additional areas of consideration when designing and constructing a Smart Building. These areas of focus include:

  • defining cabling and other integration requirements;
  • certifying neutral host/infrastructure to ensure interoperability;
  • identifying broadband and capacity requirements;
  • scoping of in-building requirements to include FirstNet; and
  • identifying revenue generating opportunities for buildings and rooftop real estate

The goal of this multi-year TIA Technology Program is to unify the broader ecosystem of smart buildings under a recommended framework of best practices to meet functional and performance requirements with adequate security, reliability and availability. TIA is also leading the development of a Levels Assessment that will benchmark and certify buildings for their design and build as a “Smart Building.”

TIA invites individuals to learn about the Smart Buildings Program and join the collaboration efforts of more than 100 companies. This program and its global thought leaders are breaking new ground with vision and innovation that’s poised to drive significant Return on Investment (ROI). Together, TIA and its members will grow the estimated $32B industry, and realize the benefits of the connected live, work and play environment of the future.

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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.


TIA Policy Forum: Global Perspectives on Trust and Supply Chain Security for 5G The Telecommunications Industry Association, the trusted industry association for the connected world, is hosting a policy forum featuring leading government voices from around the world. Speakers will discuss how countries are addressing security challenges in the 5G era, and the potential for…

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Smart Buildings

A smart building is a facility with advanced automation and integration to monitor and optimize facility operations and maintenance.

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