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Tech Ready Buildings: A Path to Smarter Buildings

Investing in smart building technology prepares commercial real estate companies for future trends and innovations in the industry. As technologies continue to evolve, properties equipped with flexible, scalable infrastructure are better positioned to adapt and remain competitive in the long term. 

Smart buildings generate vast amounts of data through sensors, meters, and other IoT devices. By collecting and analyzing this data, real estate companies gain valuable insights into building performance, occupancy patterns, and tenant behavior. This data-driven approach enables more informed decision-making regarding building management, leasing strategies, and investment opportunities.  

However, to fully capitalize on the potential of these technologies, CRE ownership groups must establish an intimate understanding of their building’s existing and potential technological capabilities through a well-developed connectivity infrastructure baseline.  

This can provide benefits, such as a better understanding of what’s new/old/abandoned technology in the building, where it is located, the impact it has on the building, and associated labor to troubleshoot and maintain, while mitigating risk and disruptions to all occupants.

Once that baseline is established, maintaining connectivity infrastructure and smart technology documentation is essential for future-proofing technology implementations and ensuring their ongoing reliability, interoperability, security, and compliance with regulatory requirements. It enables seamless integration of new technologies, efficient troubleshooting and maintenance, knowledge transfer, and informed decision-making for future planning and investment. 

The Solution to These Challenges? Tech Ready Buildings. 

A Tech Ready Building is designed to accommodate the growing demand for digital connectivity and allows for seamless integration of any smart building solutions. 

The vital steps involved in understanding connectivity infrastructure, the significance of proactive maintenance and documentation, and the importance of strategic planning for future technology implementation all culminate in the realization of a Tech Ready Building. 


1. Steps to Understanding the Connectivity Infrastructure in Your Building 

The journey towards creating a smarter building starts with a comprehensive understanding of its connectivity infrastructure. This involves conducting a thorough assessment of the existing network infrastructure, identifying potential weak points, and evaluating its capacity to handle the influx of data from smart devices, sensors, and systems.  


Collaborating with experienced IT professionals and technology vendors can prove invaluable during this process. By examining the existing cabling, pathways, spaces, network infrastructure, and technology processes in place, ownership groups can map out the building's connectivity landscape and devise a clear plan to optimize and future-proof the infrastructure. 

2. Actively Maintaining the Infrastructure and its Documentation 

Once the connectivity infrastructure baseline is established, the focus shifts to its ongoing maintenance and documentation. A proactive approach to maintenance ensures that potential issues are detected and resolved swiftly, minimizing downtime and disruptions.  

Regular maintenance and actively managed documentation become standard practice, guaranteeing that the building's systems remain efficient, reliable, and instrumental in streamlining future upgrades and technology integrations.  


Smart devices aren’t always interoperable, requiring additional devices to bridge the systems for integration, leading to potential frustration for ownership groups if the existing infrastructure isn’t known. 


Outdated network equipment or limited bandwidth can result in slow data speeds. For example, a building’s Wi-Fi routers are several years old and don’t support the latest wireless standards causing slower data transmission for new IoT devices being installed or limited bandwidth can result in delays in transmitting the data from the IoT devices simultaneously. 


Accurate documentation aids in troubleshooting and managing third-party vendors, facilitates knowledge transfer between teams, and enables smooth transitions when implementing new smart building solutions. By actively managing the maintenance and documentation of the building, owners can ensure the continued success of their smart building initiatives. 

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3. Planning for Future Technology Implementation 

Smart building technologies continue to evolve rapidly, making it crucial for ownership groups to anticipate future needs and evaluate potential new technology solutions. With a well-maintained connectivity infrastructure and actively maintained documentation in place, CRE owners can confidently plan for the implementation of new technologies, knowing that the building's foundation is equipped to handle advancements.  


Strategic planning involves staying informed about emerging trends, consulting with technology experts, and aligning future technology investments with the building's specific goals, requirements, and competitive pricing.  


Whether it is energy-efficient HVAC systems, advanced security solutions, or occupant-centric smart features, a well-thought-out technology implementation strategy ensures seamless integration and optimized results. 

Tech Ready Buildings: Harnessing the Full Potential of Smart Building Technology 

The culmination of understanding the connectivity infrastructure, active maintenance, and strategic technology planning ultimately leads to a transformative impact on both occupant experience and operational efficiencies.  


With a well-established connectivity infrastructure baseline, smart building technologies seamlessly integrate, creating an interconnected environment for occupants. Enhanced comfort, convenience, and personalized experiences foster greater satisfaction among building occupants while data-driven decision-making and automated systems lead to reduced energy consumption, streamlined facility and vendor management, and cost savings for CRE ownership groups.  


By assessing and optimizing the building's connectivity landscape, ownership groups can ensure that their properties are Tech Ready Buildings, capable of harnessing the full potential of smart building technologies.  


With a strong connectivity infrastructure baseline, proactive maintenance and actively managed documentation, CRE owners lay the foundation for a more sustainable, efficient, and occupant-friendly environment. 

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