Smart Buildings

Our buildings are becoming smarter. Users and tenants have higher expectations for communications, IT access, and overall building and energy management whether in the office or working remotely. But providing these capabilities can increase the risk of infrastructure exposure from a security perspective

With all the increasing availability and innovation in smart home and office technology, how does one decide what’s relevant to your project? In a market that’s highly fragmented from a technology perspective that doesn’t support interoperability, how do you choose the best strategy and solution to make your building smart? And more importantly, how do you realize these goals and ensure security isn’t compromised?

Converged systems have continue to evolve since the ‘90s and now data cabling and Power over Ethernet (PoE) are being used to drive everything from hoteling workstations to lighting. Efficiency and cost reduction are paramount, however the flexibility, user comfort, and security gained as part of a fully integrated smart office with workplace app integration and more.

We can help!

Nephin’s Smart Buildings practice utilizes our traditional design and consulting services to develop and implement secure, scalable, and flexible infrastructure architectures that support your project goals, and accommodate the changing landscape of Smart Buildings. We work with architects, landlords, and tenants, to create a Smart Building Solution leveraging our design expertise to define the requirements and create the necessary engineering documentation that design teams and contractors can use to implement.

Typical Smart Building solutions include:

  • Enterprise-grade security architecture, systems, and management solutions to protect assets and owners from compromise
  • Identify solutions that can quickly deliver for a client that will scale with their needs and budget, reviewing the options from cloud to internally owned, hosted vs. on-site, and variants in between
  • Layer 1-3 infrastructure solutions based on ratified network standards and protocols, with systems sourced from a wide variety of vendors and technologies
  • Platforms that utilize Internet of Things (IoT) components and frameworks, geared for interoperability
  • Incorporation of building automation, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) system management
  • Physical Security Systems
  • Audio-Video Systems and Collaboration

We work closely with our clients to deliver solutions and projects, designed by technology professionals who understand converged technology solutions, and security, ensuring client business and technical needs are met.

Smart Building Technology Services

1. Smart Building Architecture Development

An effective system depends on a clear and well defined system architecture. We’ll work with you to define goals and objectives for security, users, systems, control, automation and operating parameters – whether for a high-rise office building or a custom home

Nephin will translate those goals into an effective strategy, operating guide, and design documents to ensure all resources involved understand the requirements and expectations.

2. Master Systems Integration

Our Master Systems Integrator (MSI) services provide oversight along with hands-on management and technical services to ensure the established goals are fully and effectively realized. Many traditional integrators and contractors simply don’t have the expertise to securely and effectively deliver Smart Buildings. While they have the expertise on the specific systems they’re directly responsible for, Nephin works closely with them on the more “nuanced” technical areas to realize a more comprehensive solution. MSI combines engineering, software development, and project management services to deliver a cohesive, working solution.

3. IT & Communications Infrastructure Design and Support

IT infrastructure is at the heart of a company’s operation and success – it connects the user to their corporate data and to the customer as well as connecting customers to the company. Nephin’s in-depth knowledge of IT systems, services, and operations ensure those systems are properly supported in the new environment, with room to grow as the company’s needs expand.

We translate the technology requirements into understandable design documents that can be understood by architects, engineers, integrators, and contractors alike. From calculations that help size UPS, HVAC and other systems, to bid processes and construction management, we ensure success throughout the project lifecycle.

4. Physical Security

Physical security of facilities, assets and operations is crucial – not just from a traditional access control perspective, but also for governance, compliance, and enforcement. Whether for internal controls, or regulatory measures such as Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), modern security systems can play many roles.

Systems are also becoming more intelligent, and integrate at various levels across an organization. Rather than discretely operating as a physical security system, IT security, or otherwise, integrated and intelligent solutions converge and correlate events across global facilities and IT systems. Often using a single credential with multi-factor authentication for heightened levels of security, but also convenience, ensuring the two no longer need to be mutually exclusive ideologies.

In order to provide comprehensive solutions that enhance your company’s overall security posture, we use:

  • Converged infrastructure solutions and strategies
  • IP systems
  • Transport mechanisms
  • Intelligent algorithms

5. Audio Visual Technology & Collaboration

Office environments, data sharing and employee collaboration needs are evolving. Users are more mobile, virtual offices and meetings are more common, and sharing of information through screen shares or collaborative file editing has become essential. Traditional Audio Visual (AV) solutions are limited in their capacity to leverage converged technologies.

We provide an evolutionary leap in designing AV Systems by merging traditional AV with IT concepts. Our AV design and consulting services incorporate the business goals for easy and effective collaboration by working with architects, designers, and end-users to integrate systems with spaces. No longer relegated to a conference room – collaboration tools should be available where & when they’re needed – whether in an open office area or through a mobile app.

AV solutions are still needed to support large gatherings and information delivery – from board rooms to digital signage in a conference center; or perhaps the application is a custom home, with very unique requirements and unified interface goals. In any case, Nephin has the skillset to design the solution and work with the design and construction team to realize the vision and the owner has a system they can easily use.