Connected Real Estate Magazine - Vol 2 Issue 1 - 4
POWERS CONVERGENCE OPERATIONS
VOLTSERVER DIGITAL ELECTRICITY™ (DE)
2018 will be a "moving year" for converged communications,
digital transformation, and collapsing building management
silos. Useful service and application outcomes will be delivered
by orchestrating the actions of several previously disparate real
estate building management, IT, and communications service
provider systems. Market names emerging include Digital
Transformation, Converged Connectivity, and Smart Ceiling/
Building/Campus/City. For this article we will simply call the
phenomena "Convergence" and the useful outcomes "Convergence Applications".
EXAMPLES OF "CONVERGENCE" IN 2018:
LTE/Cellular Densification: LTE coverage ("bars") and
actual data-rates (Mbps & Gbps) will be densified inside
millions of buildings worldwide and will not be funded by the
major Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). Real estate lease
rates, lease durations, and tenancy itself will be determined by
cellular quality in work and living spaces. LTE-A, LTE-Unlicensed, CBRS, Gigabit-LTE, 5G, Public Safety LTE and
location beacons will enrich cellular experience and reach,
while DAS remotes, D-RAN radios, small cells and Wi-Fi
Access Points (APs) fight for the right to transmit.
PoE Expansion: Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) solutions will
expand from powering and communicating with Wi-Fi Access
Points (APs), desk telephones, and security cameras, to now
power and communicate with LED light fixtures, motorized
blinds/shades, IoT and occupancy sensors, location beacons,
LTE and CBRS small cells, HVAC thermostats, ceiling fans,
skylight valves, industrial PLCs, and biometric access locks and
controls. Consider the example of a hotel. When a guest or
conference room is not in use, the system will orchestrate the
dimming of lights (less electricity), lowering of window shades
(reduced solar loading/heat), and will turn the thermostat 3 degrees to the good (less HVAC/Chiller energy consumed), while
logging vacancy (better real estate utilization). And with SFP
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connected, plenum rated PoE switches; fiber and power can be
driven deep into work zones from one central location.
GPON Adoption: GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Networking) networks will drive multi-wavelength fiber directly
into work zones, bypassing IDF closets to deliver fiber data
speeds directly to set-top box 4K televisions, videoconferencing systems, interactive kiosks, computers, gigabit speed
broadband service routers, facial recognition security cameras,
mobile edge computing servers and fast "front-haul" connections to local wireless communication systems in the work
zone. And many GPON ONTs are actually PoE switches,
which in turn can enable many of the Convergence Applications of Active Ethernet backhauled PoE switches.
ENTER DIGITAL ELECTRICITY™
OK. So this is supposed to be an article about the benefits
of using Digital Electricity™ in Convergence Applications.
Every Convergence Application needs data connectivity
AND POWER at each device location in the Convergence
dance. Yes, we have wall outlets in most building rooms. But
when you look higher up on the walls, up to the ceiling, in to
the plenum spaces, on the sides and roofs of buildings, across
the sidewalks and out in the parking lots: no power outlets.
The challenges include:
* How do we get Convergence Power where/when/how we
want and need it?
* How do we get that Convergence Power installed there
quickly and inexpensively?
* How do we get back-up or "critical power" to Convergence
locations that need power even when main grid AC power is
lost (e.g. public safety DAS, emergency lights, 911/999 call
bearing LTE DAS remotes, a trader's desktop)?
* How do we future-proof move/add/change flexibility with
Convergence Power inputs as our businesses grows and change,
and as new tenants and new technologies come and go?
* Can Convergence Power be green, and easily connected to
renewable and more reliable energy sources?