Collaboration to Advance Smart Buildings Eco-system

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) recently engaged with safety science organisation Underwriters Laboratory (UL) to jointly accelerate the development of common framework for smart buildings through TIA’s Smart Buildings Program.

TIA and UL are collaborating on an online aggregation portal to educate and inform stakeholders on the multiple aspects and solutions available for the smart buildings market. The two organisations signed an agreement to share commercial, technical and standardisation insights to further their work in the smart buildings eco-system. TIA and UL will additionally focus on benchmarking, measurements, assessments, certification and registration in the areas of connectivity, interoperability, safety, security – both cyber and physical, resiliency and sustainability for buildings.

“There are more than 1,000 Smart City initiatives taking place around the world,” said TIA CEO Wes Johnston. “Together, TIA and UL are laying the groundwork for industry-wide standards that will foster common frameworks that will enable better connectivity, safety and reliability across smart building projects.”

Adding to the explanation, TIA’s Senior Vice President of Technology Programs, Harry Smeenk commented: “Smart buildings have the potential to improve efficiencies and safety, reduce costs, and dramatically improve the Quality of Experience for tenants, visitors, employees and others within buildings. Working with UL – a trusted name in research, standards development and certification – we aim to standardise certification scheme requirements to accelerate technology and building development across the globe.”

The two organisations will also create a list of relevant standards for smart buildings, develop training content for smart buildings characteristics and criteria, and provide information on the value proposition of smart buildings.

TIA’s Smart Buildings Program creates a framework of best practices that combines functional and performance requirements with adequate security, reliability and availability to provide a safe and connected environment.