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Smart Lighting System Security—Access Control and Authentication Strategies

This is the second blog post of a multi-part introductory series on Managing Security Risks in Smart Lighting Systems

IoT Trends that Impact Educational Institutions and Learning

The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely entrenched in education today with distance and online learning, learning management systems, and completely virtual universities. With cloud-connected devices, students can take a class from an Ivy League university right from their home, prep for the SAT with an online tutor, and learn just about any skill by viewing a YouTube video.

Why Smart Lighting and Building Management System Integration Makes Sense

Most facility managers today are using building management systems (BMS), also known as building automation control systems (BACS), to control and monitor some of their buildings’ mechanical and electrical equipment such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), and safety and security systems. Centrally managing these individual systems has enabled facility teams to take advantage of a number of operational and energy efficiencies. For many facilities, however, the lighting system has remained separate from the BMS. This has translated into an opportunity loss. Further optimization of energy usage and operations through lighting system and BMS integration could be significant.

LEED Gold Certification—A Commitment to Sustainability

Sustainable building practices are on the rise and that’s good news because buildings account for almost 40 percent of all carbon emissions.  LEED, (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. It is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, and is available for virtually all building, community, and home project types. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

Managing Security Risks in Smart Lighting Systems

This blog post is the first of a multi-part introductory series on Managing Security Risks in Smart Lighting Systems 

Why the Right Smart Lighting System Can Make You Look Good

Your lights create and support an experience for the occupants and visitors in your building(s).

Good lighting supports specific tasks, while bad lighting can make those tasks more difficult to complete accurately or consistently. Good lighting can showcase products or render people and the space itself in the best light with richer, truer colors while poor lighting can make colors less authentic. The lighting technology used determines how good or bad the lighting and occupant experience is.

Connected Lighting Controls Help College Achieve Zero Carbon Building Certification

Like many higher education institutions, Humber College is committed to sustainability.  But at Humber, they take that commitment to the highest level.  The Toronto College instills sustainability across every facet of the school and has had numerous accomplishments from their projects and partnerships that link community engagement and academics. One impressive result is that Humber has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for four consecutive years (2016-2019).

How to Make Your Open Office a Success

Open office design has exploded in popularity over the last 20 years. In fact, the New Yorker magazine claims that approximately 70% of all offices now have an open floor plan.

Smart Buildings are the Cornerstone of Smart Cities

Smart cities are projected to be the future of urban living and development. There is the anticipation that smart cities will improve the quality of life for citizens with a clean, secure, accessible, responsible, and sustainable environment.  It’s an ambitious aim and we are seeing the supporting infrastructure that will support these goals unfold.

Ten Skill Sets Needed to Support Smart Buildings IoT

There is no question about it; IoT is rapidly growing. In fact, Bain predicts that the combined markets for IoT hardware, software, systems integration, and data and telecom services to grow to a whopping $520 billion by 2021. This new IoT-enabled environment is changing the way most industries operate. One of the biggest challenges facing these industries is hiring new talent that has the skill sets required to operate effectively in this new era.