Smart Buildings

smart buildings

Smart Buildings will create a scalable foundation for creating the elusive smart city, building by building, from the ground up.

Launched in 2017, TIA’s Smart Buildings Program focuses on connectivity, interoperability, communications and capacity. It brings together thought leaders and subject matter experts from across the real estate and ICT ecosystem to define exactly what a smart building is and provide a framework for assessing that definition.

Developing smart buildings will give rise to smart campuses, which will foster smart communities, and eventually smart cities. While areas such as smart HVAC, lighting and kiosks directories are integral components of a smart building, TIA and its member companies have identified additional areas of consideration when designing and constructing a Smart Building. These areas of focus include:

  • defining cabling and other integration requirements;
  • certifying neutral host/infrastructure to ensure interoperability;
  • identifying broadband and capacity requirements;
  • scoping of in-building requirements to include FirstNet; and
  • identifying revenue generating opportunities for buildings and rooftop real estate

The goal of this multi-year TIA Technology Program is to unify the broader ecosystem of smart buildings under a recommended framework of best practices to meet functional and performance requirements with adequate security, reliability and availability. TIA is also leading the development of a Levels Assessment that will benchmark and certify buildings for their design and build as a “Smart Building.”

TIA invites individuals to learn about the Smart Buildings Program and join the collaboration efforts of more than 100 companies. This program and its global thought leaders are breaking new ground with vision and innovation that’s poised to drive significant Return on Investment (ROI). Together, TIA and its members will grow the estimated $32B industry, and realize the benefits of the connected live, work and play environment of the future.

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TIA and TSDSI Announce Collaboration to Advance ICT Standards

Arlington, VA (September 23, 2019) –– The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, and the Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), a standards development organization that aims to develop, promote and maintain standards, driven by India-specific requirements and innovations, have agreed to collaborate to accelerate the development of…

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TIA and UL Showcase Smart Buildings Collaboration and Expertise at Realcomm – IBcon 2019 Conference

Arlington, VA (June 6, 2019) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, together with UL, a leading global safety science organization, today announced a collaboration in conjunction with the upcoming Realcomm – IBcon 2019 Conference taking place June 13-14 at the Music City Center…

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TIA Teams Up With UL To Advance Work in Smart Buildings

We were eager to kick off 2019 announcing our collaboration with UL, a leading global safety science organization, to accelerate an industry framework for the evolving world of smart buildings.

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TIA Sets the Foundation for Smart Buildings at MWC Barcelona

This year MWC Barcelona was full of the usual bustle, but TIA stood out among the conversations about next-gen networks by leading the discussion around one of 5G’s most essential components – Smart Buildings.

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TIA Presents Smart Buildings Expertise at the IoT Community’s IoT Day Slam 2019 Virtual Conference April 9th

Arlington, VA (March 21, 2019) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced a dedicated program track for the Internet of Things Community’s (IoT Community®) acclaimed IoT Day Slam 2019 Virtual Conference. Taking place April 9th, TIA and several of its member company…

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TIA and UL Announce Collaboration to Advance the Smart Buildings Marketplace

Arlington, VA (February 21, 2019) –– The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks together with UL, a leading global safety science organization, announced a new agreement to work together, through TIA’s Smart Buildings Program, to accelerate the development of common framework for smart buildings. TIA and UL are…

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TIA to Host Smart Buildings and 5G Program at MWC Barcelona

*** Event Advisory: February 25-28, 2019*** Arlington, VA (February 15, 2018) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, will host a half day partner program on Smart Buildings and 5G at the 2019 MWC Barcelona. Presented by TIA and its sponsors including Dell EMC,…

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TIA @ MWC18

The Telecommunications Industry Association is well represented at MWC 2018. TIA NOW talks to Wes Johnston, TIA’s CEO, about his impressions of the event, TIA’s smart buildings initiative, and its Network of the Future Conference.

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Building a Better Building is Smart

What defines a smart building? How do smart buildings fit into smart communities? Is legacy infrastructure a problem? Join TIA NOW as we talk to Hugh Ujhazy, Associate VP for IoT and Telecommunications at IDC, about the architecture of the smart community.

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CES Gets Smart

The buzz at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was about new developments in connectivity. Harry Smeenk, TIA's VP of Programs, discusses how innovations in smart homes/communities, autonomous vehicles and AI changed this year's CES from device focused to technology focused.

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Smart Buildings: Where Construction Meets IT

The need to create smarter businesses through the deployment of new technologies requires more efficient and better connected buildings in which to house those businesses. Here to discuss the latest developments of planning and construction of smart buildings - and the federal government’s role in helping - are Maria Vargas, Director of the U.S. Department…

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Beyond Building Automation

The smart home and building is not a new frontier for the tech industry but what’s beyond automation. At MWC 2015 to tell us more about the smart home and building spaces are Priit Vimberg, CEO at YOGA and Ben Tan, Product Manager for Smart Homes of the IoT Group at Intel.

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