The state of the art in building automation and security is evolving with incredible speed. But one thing is certain: Construction companies and building owners will become increasingly reliant on digital systems to keep their buildings safe, secure, comfortable and energy efficient. Focusing on the issue of fault tolerance right from the blueprint stage of any new construction or major renovation project is becoming increasingly important.
As building automation and security systems become increasingly reliant on server technology, ensuring the availability—or uptime—of the applications running on those servers is absolutely critical. But how much availability is “good enough”? And what’s the best way to achieve that level of availability?
Having spent three days at IFSEC with our partner Tyco and 33,000 plus global security professionals, it was clear that Smart Buildings was the topic of the week. Are Smart Buildings just hype and the buzz word of the week that the bandwagon is jumping on, or are they a reality? Buildings today are varied, complex structures with equal systems and technology.
The buildings we sit in or public spaces we visit (like airports) today are getting smarter all the time. A simple case in point is the lights that automatically turn on when you enter your office. A more advanced example is when your badge reader is tied to your company’s HR database and provides secure access to a room.
For this month’s customer spotlight, we’re taking a look at how downtime can affect hospitals. Tasked with implementing a new EHR system to include ambulatory care, Columbia Memorial Hospital needed to come up with a way to serve over 200 clinicians, in more than 25 locations, giving them access to patient records over a secure Web interface on a 24/7 basis.
For this month’s customer spotlight, we’re taking a look at how downtime can affect travel and transportation. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the world’s busiest airport, with nearly 90 million passengers traveling through the airport annually.