- Learn how to properly examine and maintain building operating systems for optimal protection from cyberattacks as the rise of IoT and connectivity draws more attention to building systems as potential targets.
- Discover how intelligent building systems can help streamline operations, improve resource management and feed the bottom line.
- Understand IoT’s ability to enhance tools including digital twin models when it comes to collecting, integrating and analysing data.
- Learn about the convergence of OT and IT skills in the workplace to address increased cyber threats to buildings.
As with each new year, resolutions typically revolve around organizing, living a healthier lifestyle, learning new skills or embarking on a new adventure.
In 2020, these same resolutions can be applied to buildings. Advanced technology and the “internet of things” are revolutionizing the way buildings operate and how building systems are installed. This helps to enable automatic integration and orderliness, enhance connectivity and efficiencies, power modelling techniques for system testing and brings sharper expertise and personalization to building spaces.
Below are four resolutions to help building owners and facility management teams stay on top of emerging trends, while leveraging new innovations for building operations.
1. Getting your building systems in order
Start the year off by addressing outstanding building maintenance issues and initiating preventative measures. For example, any companies still operating on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 were urged to update their operating systems before Jan. 14, 2020, when Microsoft ended regular security updates or “patches” to these dated systems.
Microsoft used to push out system fixes for roughly 70 threats each month. Without protection, vulnerabilities could swiftly turn into a crisis for companies that have not yet updated its systems. According to NetMarketShare, approximately 33% of all PCs around the world are still running on Windows 7 — a concerning amount for maintaining building system health and security in the first quarter of 2020. As such, those devices will be exposed to potential cyberattacks, malware and other viruses.