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5 Technologies that are Making Smart Buildings Smarter

The market for smart building technologies is expected to grow 34% annually over the next five years, according to a recent report on how interest in smart city development and the Internet of Things, along with their bottom-line potential for companies, is helping to fuel greater automation in the built environment.

As technologists, architects, engineers and builders look to increase the number of smart buildings constructed and the number of older buildings retrofitted with automation and control technologies, here are five trends to watch for.

Construction Dive Article

Is Your Smart Office Creating Backdoors for Cybercriminals?

More and more devices are connecting to the Internet; the ones that control your building’s heating, lighting and air conditioning are no exception. According to Gartner, devices in smart homes and smart commercial buildings represented 45 percent of total connected things in use in 2015.

Unfortunately, little attention is being paid to the potential cybersecurity risks created by smart office technology since these devices fall outside the scope of traditional IT. In fact, a recent survey of building automation system (BAS) operators found that only 29 percent had taken action or were in the process of taking action to improve cybersecurity for their Internet-connected systems.

SecurityIntelligence Article

Office Building Security Tips

It seems certain kinds of buildings are just magnets for vandalism, thefts and burglaries.

Gated communities, shopping centers, and large department stores have traditionally been plagued with these crimes. More recently, however, office buildings and small businesses seem to be increasingly targeted for break-ins. This may be because the assumption is made that a smaller office building or any smaller business would not be secure or protected, and criminals may believe it will be easier to “hit and run” without tripping alarms or encountering guards.

BusinessSecurity.net Article

6 Common Building Security Mistakes That You Must Avoid

In a commercial environment, building security is critical for protecting the occupants of the building and their property. Unfortunately, some elements of security are forgotten or assumed leading to huge losses. Insufficient security and lack of items like CCTV systems in London can be as bad as lack of security altogether, and below are some of the common mistakes that you must stay clear of.

Security Magazine Article