Covid-19 is the biggest single global event in modern history, impacting most aspects of our lives. A significant change has been the ensuing digital transformation, with many people working remotely as well as shopping, banking, and finding entertainment online. It has increased the acceptance of the cloud and boosted the uptake of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Buildings need networks and the uptake of IP products and IP controllers have gained share year-on-year and today accounts for 65% of the controllers installed with Building Automation Controls globally. Most operational technology (OT) networks installed today are IP, but are often set up as separate networks: one for the building automation system, one for access controls, one for lighting, one for surveillance etc. The networks are often installed by different subcontractors, the LAN network, surveillance cameras and potentially access controls by one contractor, BMS and HVAC by another, and lighting by a third. The systems or VLANs can communicate with one another via a common platform. This setup also provides additional cyber security.Read More