Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 40 - Page 19

LATEST INTELLIGENCE enhances the visitor’s experience and increases the utility of time spent there. In all circumstances, however, customers, visitors and users of all kinds have an expectation of connectivity while on the premises. In all enterprise settings, increased connectivity also offers building owners or managers an opportunity to realise greater efficiency and revenue. Agile workplaces improve employee productivity – and more engaged customers provide better return on your investment. The challenge lies in creating an integrated suite of connectivity solutions without adding layers of complexity that would diminish the business advantages. An integrated view on tomorrow’s smart buildings For any enterprise environment, the key to efficient connectivity depends on an informed strategy and an integrated deployment approach. The temptation is to regard enterprise connectivity as a series of related but distinct challenges, such as Power over Ethernet (PoE), wireless indoor coverage, physical infrastructure connectivity and integration into the data centre. However, dealing with these challenges individually invites complexity, where vital efficiency gains can be diminished – or even reversed – by dealing with multiple solutions providers, a lack of asset optimisation and even redundant layers of infrastructure. n Download whitepapers free from INTELLIGENTCIO 19