The Connected and Efficient Building


We often hear about how millennials are going to change the workplace and to shape the future workforce. Technologically more savvy and internet empowered, theirs is a truly mobile lifestyle and will have very different expectations than their counterparts just a decade ago. The workspace is also experiencing a paradigm shift due to digital convergence. Building control services and IT services have converged to create the Internet of Things in Buildings (BIoTs). This digital convergence has enabled new possibilities to realize true building intelligence that delivers cost reductions, improves operational performance, facilitates productivity and provides an enhanced occupant experience. 

With the growing proliferation of networked sensors and BIoTs to support existing and newer BAS applications, additional balanced copper cabling will be required to provide data and remote power connectivity to these devices. Many of these devices will be located up in the ceiling space. To support both wired and wireless technologies, network infrastructure designers must adopt an integrated approach such as the CommScope Universal Connectivity Grid to designing, planning and deploying the infrastructure. This approach will provide maximum flexibility and return on investment (ROI) as well as lower operation costs. The integration of voice, data, video, wireless and BAS under one uniform network infrastructure is often referred to as the ‘fourth utility’ concept and one golden rule must always be followed for the concept to be successful: The planning and design stage MUST occur at the VERY BEGINNING and not as an after-thought.

Learn how information and communications technology is an important enabler for a smarter and more sustainable approach to designing and operating buildings.


Dr T C Tan, Senior Technology Manager at CommScope

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Dr. T. C. Tan is based in the UK. Since joining AT&T in 1988, TC has filled various EMEA technical roles in AT&T, Lucent and Avaya, and was a member of Bell Laboratories. TC has a depth of experience and knowledge unique of the industry. TC holds a PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Imperial College, London. TC is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Chartered Engineer.

TC has more than 30 years experience in the telecommunications and networking industry and is a recognised expert on cabling systems, LANs, EMC, BAS and cable fire safety. He has published numerous articles and papers on these subjects. In 2002, TC was nominated by NCN (Network Cabling News) magazine as one of the key ‘Movers and shakers’ for the UK network cabling industry.