Extending well beyond the limits of a single tenancy, the smartest buildings will enable seamless and secure connectivity solutions in the future.
The internet has accelerated innovation and productivity levels. Courtesy of digital technology and mobile devices, today's companies can cost-effectively do business any time, any place, and anywhere.
But computers and mobile devices are no longer the only items that connect to the internet. When you consider the advent of wearable technology and environment sensors capable of generating and transmitting data, the number of things connected to the internet by 2020 is expected to have grown fourfold from around 6 billion in the early noughties to 28 billion.
Call it the internet of everything.
In 2017, capabilities supporting internet connected vehicles, insurance, personal wellness and smart buildings are expected to account for $34 billion in consumer spending within the Asia-Pacific region alone. That’s fantastic; everyone is progressively being connected to everything, as well as everyone, everywhere. The phenomenon has revolutionised the way we do business the world over.
However, better connectivity demands better security solutions from those responsible for developing tomorrow’s office spaces. Understanding the risks involved in exchanging confidential information across unsecure environments is paramount when data mobility and cybercrime are emerging in tandem, and in equal measure.
In an attempt to address lingering security issues around the seamless transfer of data – enabled by Wi-Fi coverage – while also future-proofing the workplace environment, there’s a move towards embedding wireless and IOT connectivity solutions within the built form.