Digital Systems Blog


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.

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.

Top 5 Smart Lighting Blog Posts for 1st Half of 2019

We are almost at the half-way mark of 2019 and it’s time to take a look at what content is trending on the Digital Systems Blog. Our industry is changing so rapidly, it is no wonder that four out of the top five most popular posts are looking at the what, why, and how of commercial lighting trends.

Lighting Higher Education’s Way to Sustainability

Higher education institutions across the globe have embarked on sustainability initiatives with great success.  As part of their campus philosophy, sustainability concerns are being integrated into curriculum, policies, programs and campus design. By fostering sustainable student lifestyles, the hope of these institutions is that these enlightened young men and women will carry those behaviors and attitudes into the world to support positive environmental change. 

Top 5 Commercial Lighting Trends in 2019

Disruption is the new norm in the lighting industry. Commercial lighting is now more than illumination as seen by our top five trends for 2019. 

Space-as-a-Service Emerges as the Hot New Business Model in Commercial Real Estate

The commercial real estate industry is at an inflection point as a number of parallel trends are shaping transformation in the industry.

First, the industry is moving from products to services, and ownership to access. Examples of this in other industries include buying cloud services instead of building out a data center; listening to streaming music instead of purchasing CDs; or renting a dress for a black tie wedding rather than purchasing one.

Who are the Digital Nomads?

Digital nomads are mostly self-employed workers who value the freedom to travel and are leveraging the power of the internet to work wherever they journey.  They spend months or years abroad, changing their destination regularly, all while earning a living by working online. Often toiling in coffee shops, public libraries or co-working spaces, they work anywhere they can connect to the internet with their smartphones and laptops. The nomadic lifestyle enables them to travel in foreign countries, take advantage of global opportunities, make their own hours, experience desirable climates and enjoy a sought-after work-life balance. 

2019 is the Year of IoT Lighting

Top 5 2018 Digital Systems Blog Posts Focus on Smart Lighting and IoT

As part of our 2019 planning process, we recently reviewed all kinds of data from the past year on our weekly blog program. We wanted to see what was resonating with our audience from a content perspective – did we hit the mark? And, since we are over-achievers, we wanted to see where we could make improvements – from the content we develop and post, to the email delivery system we use. It was an interesting exercise and we thought we’d share some of this info with you.

Top Commercial Real Estate Trends for 2019

New business models, increased competition, digital technology and green building design top the list of commercial real estate trends expected in 2019. We are currently in a period of economic growth, which has heated up the competition for deals, talent, tenants, and capital. There was a similar set of trends in 2018 however in 2019 we expect to see more urgency, particularly in the area of technology adoption.