Smart buildings are becoming more popular as technology continues to revolutionize every aspect of our lives. These buildings use advanced technology to optimize energy usage, streamline network management, and create a more personalized experience for the people inside. And now, with the help of a fabric network, smart buildings are becoming even smarter.
A fabric network enables organizations to simplify and automate their networking processes. This means that instead of manually configuring and managing multiple switches and routers, the fabric network does it all automatically.
Supporting Smart Building Initiatives
Fabric networks can help support various smart building initiatives, such as energy management, security, and personalization. For example, fabric networks can connect and manage sensors and other devices that monitor and control heating, cooling, and lighting systems. This helps to reduce energy costs and environmental impact.
In the context of smart buildings, fabric technology can help improve security in several ways.
- Fabric technology provides a secure and resilient network foundation that can help protect against cyber-attacks. This is accomplished through automated network segmentation, end-to-end encryption, and policy-based access control, which help ensure that only authorized users and devices can access sensitive systems and data.
- Fabric technology can help simplify and streamline security operations by providing a single, unified platform for managing security policies and configurations across the entire building network. This can help reduce complexity, increase visibility, and improve response times during a security incident.
- Fabric technology can help support emerging security technologies such as IoT security and zero-trust networking. By providing a flexible and scalable network architecture that can support a wide range of devices and technologies, fabric technology can help enable the secure and efficient deployment of these advanced security solutions.
Offering a Personalized Experience
As smart buildings become increasingly common, creating personalized experiences for occupants is becoming a top priority for building managers. Fabric technology can play a crucial role in achieving this goal.
Fabric technology provides a powerful tool for building managers looking to improve the personalized experience of occupants. By leveraging data and intelligent automation, fabric networks can create a more comfortable, engaging, and efficient environment for all building occupants.
Originally published on Extreme Network’s blog, by Cammy Perry, May 15, 2023