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How does a Smart Building utilise core network infrastructure to manage multiple systems?

A Smart Building can be more productive for its occupants through high bandwidth capacity, enabling key functionality such as Dynamic Environment Response (DER™) whilst being safer and operationally efficient for the building owner or facility manager.

We live in a world where connected technology can drive smart and responsive outcomes. Ensuring that the longevity of a buildings network infrastructure incorporates a plan for current and future demands is crucial.
The initial capital outlay can be reduced by up to 70% through the implementation of an integrated Building Services GPON architecture based on past projects and successful installations. 

The lower initial capital expenses and reduced total cost of ownership for the network enable the building owner or facility manager to address more of the building requirements while minimising ongoing operational expenses. 

Madison Technologies is enabling the way buildings of Australia connect to services over an integrated communications network (ICN).

What Building Services can connect to a GPON framework?


For property owners looking to increase the value of their buildings, technology options to implement appear confusing and expensive.

Whilst technology integrated into the built environment requires some capital investment, there are significant benefits that can be realised through some forward planning and clearly articulated requirements. The development of smart building infrastructure makes use of the technology and processes to create a building that is more productive yet safer for its occupants, and more operationally efficient for its owners. 


Integrated Building networks replace the need for standalone copper cabling and distributed active network switches with centralised active and passive components, supporting improved energy and cooling requirements, reduced space and weight considerations for the installed cable and lower installation costs. 

Additional benefits extend to simplified management of the network infrastructure and support for future demands placed on the network through increased requirements for connected devices. 

The comparison of capital expenditure between a traditional copper network and an integrated GPON Building Services network can be considered across four categories: cabling, network access electronics, core electronics and management software.

Cabling costs include material and installation of copper cables from the communications room to the end points or material and installation of fibre cable from the communications room to the end points.

One of the main capital savings of a GPON solution comes from the installation and equipment in the communication riser cupboards. By eliminating the need of multiple edge network switches and replacing them with Passive Optical splitters, the building infrastructure is able to realise savings across cable ladder tray, cooling requirements and physical space due to the reduced bundles of copper cable.

Additional benefits extend to the fibre infrastructure costing substantially less to install than a copper-based LAN system, given there are fewer cables to install. Fibre cables are much lighter and require fewer cables per port, making the wiring architecture simpler and can lend itself to improved installation options.


From the network and core access level extending to management software, traditional network maintenance tasks typically include: capacity management, upgrades and patches, regular maintenance and monitoring as well as overall management of the equipment. 

An integrated GPON solution for building services has a lower cost in these areas based on the passive element of the network removing the need for active switches in the field.

This adds additional benefit to resulting floor space, power and cooling requirements to support cost savings. 

The integration of building services over a GPON platform has demonstrated advantages as a vital technology architecture. It can competently accommodate the demands of current and future applications at a considerable lower cost than copper networks.

Whether you're developing a new structure and would like to implement Smart Building technology into the buildings infrastructure or you are upgrading or retrofitting an existing building to gain all the benefits a Smart Building delivers, Madison Technologies will give you the product, training and support to help you build a high performance, reliable and resilient Smart Building Network.

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