TIA recently announced a collaboration with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) – a global safety science organisation – to accelerate an industry framework for the evolving world of smart buildings.
TIA sees ‘Smart Buildings’ as transforming how people interact with the environment, offering us settings that serve us, focusing on health, productivity and general well-being, while also operating more efficiently and safely. Moving quickly into this new future, collaboration with industry leaders will ensure developments in smart buildings standardise the ecosystem.
UL is a trusted name in research, standards development and certification with 159 UL laboratory testing and certification facilities around the world, so they become a natural extension of thought leadership in all things safety related within buildings.
In order to expand its work in accelerating technology and smart-building development across the world, TIA took its ‘first step’ by collaborating with UL on an online portal designed to educate viewers on the multiple aspects and solutions available for the smart buildings market. This will enable them to share and develop insights on commercial and technical smart buildings standards. The collaboration on smart buildings will also focus on safety, security – both cyber and physical, resiliency and sustainability for the future of connectivity.
The organisations will also work to 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.
Ultimately this new technology has the potential to improve efficiencies and safety, reduce costs, and dramatically improve the Quality of Experience for tenants, visitors, employees, and others within buildings. TIA’s Smart Buildings Program is committed to helping develop a smart buildings ecosystem that unites connectivity, interoperability, communications, and capacity to create a scalable foundation for creating the smart city. The program creates a framework of best-practice that combines functional and performance requirements with adequate security, reliability, and availability to provide a safe and connected environment.