New Utility: Converged Technology
going digital in operation to maximize outcome
The adoption and integration of technology into day-to-day operations has influenced many aspects of capital planning. Once perceived to be a simple connectivity and productivity tool, the telecommunications infrastructure now provides connectivity for building automation, energy management, lighting control and electronic security systems. It also acts as a bridge, synchronizing legacy stand-alone systems, and medium for instantly relaying enterprise-wide communications. Routed through the telecommunications room, the common physical backbone infrastructure carries and transports fire alarm, voice, data, intercom, clock, CCTV and access controls signals that are part of the facility’s overall life/safety systems strategy. In turn, this elevates the telecommunications infrastructure and room to the position equivalent to that of a utility.
Over the past several years, with the convergence of technologies, owners have sought ways to leverage their capital investments to improve operations, reduce costs and poise systems for future modifications.