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Support from behind the scenes
All this added technology means senior living communities need to modify or update their back-of-house IT
infrastructure and electrical systems, which, in turn, will
affect space needs and layouts. For instance, SmithGroup's Truong notes that many senior communities
are upgrading their IT infrastructures by laying conduit
within existing joint trenches to accommodate future
cable installations. This could also translate into the
enlargement of such trenches in both new-build and
renovation projects, she adds. More space will also
be needed for larger server rooms to support growing
technology systems.
Truong says that it's important for designers to
ensure that more low-voltage electrical outlets are
available, especially in resident rooms. Such systems
carry 50 volts (versus the 124 carried to typical wall
plugs) and have traditionally been used for doorbells,
alarm systems, and thermostats-but today help run
home-monitoring devices.
Furthermore, keeping digital systems at senior living complexes safe from hackers is vitally important.
"As mobile devices and hackers alike become more
sophisticated, user protection is paramount," says
Truong. "Communities should take network security
seriously and invest in it if they are providing, and paying for, resident internet access."
She points to such relatively recent security measures as user-behavior analytics, which track personal
behavior patterns in device use and send out an alert
when something deviates from the usual patterns.
"This kind of tracking has the potential to identify
security threats to individual users and the community
network," Truong says.
Looming on the horizon for tech consumers of all
stripes is 5G technology, the fifth-generation wireless
technology for digital cellular networks that's now being deployed on a limited basis. On the plus side, 5G is
expected to result in such things as faster, higher-quality downloads for streaming video and improved cellular
service in remote or rural regions. But D2's Warner
adds that one of the vulnerabilities of the 5G revolution
is that many of the new apps it makes possible may
pose a security risk.
Specifically, many 5G apps will be on what he calls
the "wrong side" (i.e., the public side) of a device's firewall protection, rather than on the individual gadget's
side of that protection, which has traditionally been
the case. "While there's no doubt that technology is
enhancing the quality of life in senior living centers,
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