For Class A office buildings, which compete for the most prestigious tenants and command the highest rents, expectations are considerable. No one makes allowances for, say, a Class A building’s age or the types of systems installed. And so it is for 345 California Center, a 48-story, mixed-use property in San Francisco’s financial district. Looking to keep down costs while improving the tenant experience and making a statement about how technology is being applied to make the building work smarter and better, Chief Engineer Tim Danz sought to upgrade from pneumatic controls dating from the facility’s mid-1980s completion to direct digital control.
Data breaches and other cyber crime cost companies billions each year worldwide, and the damage to brand reputation can be incalculable. Since hackers look for weakly defended systems to attack, this paper presents 5 cybersecurity “best practices” to mitigate system vulnerabilities. Some are commonsense measures like effective password management; others involve securing open ports and other access points, software upgrades, user management, and vulnerability plans....More
A top priority for higher education institutions is to provide a competitive learning environment for their students. In order to succeed, they must address outdated, aging campus facilities. In these older buildings maintenance and operations costs are high, space utilization is inefficient and poorly managed, and current technology is lacking. This white paper explores four strategies for converting campus facilities into a network of smart buildings that address the needs of current and future students....More