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  • Why organisations need smart building infrastructure

    Smart buildings demand robust infrastructure that is available, reliable, cost-effective and otherwise suited to their mission-critical role. They rely on the Internet of Things and the organisation’s existing network, so it’s essential to put the right strategy in place to adequately support the demands of smart buildings.

    While smart buildings can be viewed as just another app on the network, they are in fact more complex than that. Smart buildings will likely present a number of very demanding requirements, depending upon venue and specific functions. These demands can include coverage, capacity and cost control.

    Smart building network requirements to address coverage, capacity and cost control needs include:

    1. Wired network

    Smart building applications run transparently across existing Ethernet infrastructure, apart from the additional network traffic. It’s important to avoid proprietary networks, wireless technologies other than Wi-Fi and unusual system architectures.

    The potential pitfalls can include complex and difficult installations and deployments, limited functionality, limited support, rapid obsolescence and increased capital and operating expenses. Leveraging the existing network is key. The software-defined network (SDN) will also play an increasingly important role in organisational networks going forward, and smart building applications will be among the first to benefit from this evolution.

    2. Wireless network

    The standard access points already in place to provide IP services to end users can easily handle smart building operations without modifications. However, a few more APs may be required to assure coverage across the entire facility.

    Wave 2-based APs will have more than sufficient capacity, so the work involved here will be limited to examining traffic flows over time, tuning system settings using analytics tools and minor changes to operational policies.

    Most commercial-grade smart building devices will use Wi-Fi to leverage the network already in place. It’s not cost-effective to use proprietary, limited and ad-hoc building automation solutions that have traditionally been deployed. And, given that the performance differential between wired and wireless at the edge of the network is now as minimal as it’s ever been, the real challenge here will be related to coverage, not throughput or capacity.

    3. IT and network management and operations

    Deploying smart building services presents an excellent opportunity to reconsider current network operations solutions. This is not because smart buildings necessarily represent a massive increase in workload for operations staff, but because it’s always a good idea to review the network when adding new, mission-critical applications.

    Contemporary management systems can include: cloud-based deployments for access-anywhere convenience and productivity; centralised and uniform access control; policy-based strategies that minimise configuration efforts; APIs for extensibility, customisation and futureproofing; monitoring and enforcement of appropriate regulatory policies; and unified operating and control software implementations across all functional units.

    4. Security

    Physical and information security demands require careful consideration. Some organisations have minimised security requirements for smart building elements due to the belief that things such as light bulbs don’t present any security challenges. However, all networks and the systems and solutions that depend on them must be hardened against attacks, single points of failure and even the unforeseen and unknown threat.

    The key starting point here is an organisational security policy. The security capabilities of the network itself are also important, including access control, authentication, identity management and traffic encryption. For example, wireless motion detectors, security cameras and badge or other ID readers can be used to continuously and cost-effectively monitor any part of a structure.

    The trend is clear: every building is going to be a smart building. The key to smart building success is in leveraging network infrastructure with the coverage and management to make this outcome a reality.

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  • Passive Optical LAN Offers Energy, Sustainability Benefits for Smart Buildings

    Whether you are a building owner, facility professional, or IT manager, there is a growing demand more than just four walls and a ceiling. The latest technologies that bring simplicity, productivity, and automation are in high demand. This includes sophisticated air quality monitoring, automated thermostat and lighting controls, the latest security applications and next-gen building management operations. All these require a technology infrastructure that can only be found in a “smart building.”


    Smart buildings improve productivity and the well-being of occupants, as well as deliver energy efficiency and sustainability for years to come. The only way a smart building can deliver on these benefits is having the right network backbone (also known as the local area network, or LAN) to accommodate advanced functionalities that will withstand the test of time.


    Traditional active copper-based LANs cannot keep up with the security, scalability, and reliability connectivity requirements of smart buildings. This technology requires significant material, energy, power, and cooling needs. However, there is a LAN technology that can deliver both the high performance and the green benefits required by the modern enterprise. It is passive optical LAN.


    This fibre-based technology offers a simplified network backbone that delivers virtually unlimited bandwidth, with reduced material, energy, and cooling requirements. Specifically, passive optical LAN positively impacts green sustainability initiatives with the following positive traits:
     

    • Reduced cabling diameter, weight, and length, resulting in less plastics and PVCs installed.

    • No obsolesce horizon for fibre cabling compared to copper cabling, increasing significantly the network lifespan. 

    • Telecom rooms can be reduced or eliminated, lowering building’s HVAC and power load. 

    • Convergence of multiple disparate networks over a common infrastructure, saving space and material. 

    • A passive optical distribution network can eliminate electronics and maintenance reaching 20 kilometres where traditional active copper-based LANs could only reach 100 metres.

    • While copper is a precious metal, the glass in fibre optic cabling is derived from silicon, the second most abundant element on Earth.

    Passive optical LAN converges all services across a single infrastructure.

    While the copper cabling bandwidth ceiling is measured in gigabits, fibre cabling bandwidth transmission speed is measured in terabits.

    This capacity for fibre allows for the seamless delivery of highly scalable and high-speed functionality to support data, voice, video, wireless access, and monitoring services.

    And when it comes to low power, by its very nature passive optical LAN removes all power requirements from the building aggregation portion of the network and requires less power due to lower equipment needs.

    This has a ripple effect to other in-building features, including power distribution and switchgear, power conversion, and air conditioning cooling. View
  • Westermo’s cost saving secure network technology helps Electricity North West

    Wolverine Ethernet Line Extenders enable existing cable infrastructure to be used to create a secure Ethernet IP-based network used for controlling electricity substations in the north west of the UK

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  • Madison Technologies Expands APAC Profile with NZ Distribution Hub

    Set to open its doors in mid-March, the Penrose-based Madison Technologies office and warehouse will become home to a range of international brands, technologies and applications and will strategically position Madison Technologies to provide its dealers and wholesalers with technologies and solutions to grow their businesses. View
  • Madison Technologies Head Office is moving house

    From 6th March 2017, Madison Technologies Head Office address will be 61 Metroplex Ave, Murarrie, Queensland, 4172. Read more for details on the move and new address details.

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  • Hot new partnership agreement benefits Australian thermal users.

    9 November 2016

    Australian technology distributor Madison Technologies, today announced a new partnership with global IP Camera solutions manufacturer Mobotix, that sees the company become the preferred Mobotix thermal partner for Australia.

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  • Madison Tech awarded “Fearless” Supplier at nbn™ Strategic Supplier Summit 2016 for Aust Innovation

    On Thursday the 8th of September, Madison Technologies was awarded the “Fearless” Supplier award at the nbn™ Strategic Supplier Summit, held at the new Sydney development at Barangaroo in the KPMG Office. 

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  • Visionary Solutions Teams with Madison Technologies

    Visionary Solutions, Inc., a leader in innovative high-bandwidth video networking solutions, has announced a new distribution alliance with connective technologies specialists Madison Technologies. 

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  • Grass Valley partners with Madison to deliver innovative solutions for TV production & distribution

    Madison Technologies is proud to announce an official agreement with Belden owned brand, Grass Valley, to deliver range of Innovative and cutting edge production solutions throughout Australia.

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  • Humantechnik gives Madison customers access to the AUDIOropa professional assisted living range

    Madison Technologies is pleased to announce a distribution agreement with Humantechnik which gives Madison customers access to the AUDIOropa range of professional assistive living technologies.

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  • Madison to Unveil Innovative Broadcast and Audio Visual Solutions at Integrate 2016

    Madison Technologies is pleased to be showcasing the latest in broadcast and audio visual technology throughout Integrate 2016 at the Sydney Showgrounds from August 23rd to 25th. View
  • Madison Technologies to Distribute Cambridge Sound Management

    Madison Technologies is pleased to announce a new national distribution agreement with global leader in sound masking technology, Cambridge Sound Management.  View
  • ATEN and Madison Technologies Partner to Deliver Advanced Connectivity Solutions

    ATEN ANZ, a recently formed subsidiary of ATEN International ˗ a world-leading designer and manufacturer of advanced connectivity and management solutions, has named Madison Technologies as one of its authorised distributors in Australia.

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  • Product Launch: 3M™ Clear Fiber Drop Cable and the 3M™ Clear Track Fiber Pathway

    Although they launched the 3M Clear Track Fiber Pathway late last year, we are now communicating the full outdoor to indoor solution with the 3M Clear Fiber Drop Cable. These do not take the place of 3M One Pass Fiber Pathways. They are simply new members to the 3M Fiber Pathway Family.

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  • Condor Beamforming Microphone Array Certified for Crestron RL® 2

    Phoenix Audio Technologies, together with Crestron, are pleased to announce that the Condor Beamforming Microphone Array is now certified for Crestron RL®2. View
  • Control Engineering 2016 Engineers’ Choice Awards: Triple Win for Moxa

    Madison Technologies is proud to congratulate automation partner, Moxa, for their recent achievements in the Control Engineering 2016 Engineers’ Choice Awards.

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  • New: Montage Wireless Presentation System Delivers True Collaboration

    Madison Technologies, Australian Distributor of trusted audio visual technologies, has partnered with DisplayNote Technologies, specialist in real-time collaboration across desktop, mobile devices and large format display, to offer the Montage Wireless Presentation System to its Australian customers.

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  • Moxa Releases Solution Architecture to Tap Into the Potential of the Industrial IoT

    Released by Moxa: 29 January 2016

    Moxa introduced its latest Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solution architecture to help customers tap into the potential of the Industrial IoT.  

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