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BuilConn: Cisco's Connected Real Estate Roundtable - The Vision of Integrated IP-Based Building Systems

TitleBuilConn: Cisco's Connected Real Estate Roundtable - The Vision of Integrated IP-Based Building Systems
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsMaile, T, Fischer, M
Date Published10/2006
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsBuilding Systems, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, CIFE, Convergence, Integration, IP-Based, Stanford University
AbstractCIFE research shows that Virtual Design and Construction emerges in phases: visualization, followed by computer-based data integration and finally automation of design, construction, and operational activities. Based on the BuilConn Conference Roundtable hosted by Cisco Systems in May 2006, this white paper lays out some of the owner requirements to support IP- and computer-based integration of building systems. The participants detailed the value proposition, challenges, and related engineering and business transformations of integrated building systems. While cost savings, new advanced services, and flexibility in building operations are the major benefits, the main challenges are the missing awareness and knowledge in the building industry, the implementation of appropriate security, and the realization of reliable critical building operations. Furthermore, the balance between IP and non-IP devices, benefits of the IP-protocol itself, and the need for more elaborate standards were discussed at the Roundtable. The Roundtable participants identified the following critical transformations within the building project environment to make integrated IP-based building systems a reality: more flexible contracts, earlier involvement of integration experts, and more flexibility in today’s design process. The participants felt that only when these transformations are accomplished and the mentioned challenges resolved will companies be able to take full advantage of the benefits and realize the vision of integrated IP-based building systems.
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