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Black Box Launches Connected Buildings Suite

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By Juan Pedro Tomás

US integrator Black Box announced the launch of Connected Buildings — a suite of solutions and services that enable digital experiences in smart buildings.

Black Box designs, deploys, manages and maintains the technology that connects the internal ecosystem of interoperable devices and sensors that work together to enable human-to-human, human-to-device and device-to-device interaction. Black Box’s Connected Buildings services modernize IT infrastructure, solve in-building connectivity challenges and link clients’ devices at locations around the world, the company said in a release.

“Demand for the IoT building is growing exponentially. Now more than ever, our customers need spaces that are interactive, adaptive, automated and secure,” said senior vice president of portfolio and partnerships for Black Box, Doug Oathout. “At Black Box, we apply our broad portfolio of IT solutions to take the complexity out of connected buildings and make it simple for our customers by giving them one trusted partner to handle their IT services. Whether updating hundreds of existing locations or outfitting one location from the ground up, our team of project managers, engineers and technicians works with our clients to craft a solution that creates consistent customer experiences and reliable communications at every location.”

Black Box said that Connected Building is enabled by 5G/CBRS and Wi-Fi to augment existing wireless systems and create fully connected buildings; edge networking and data centers to collect data where it’s created and combine it with AI to make smarter devices; and cybersecurity for governance and assessments, incident and event monitoring, endpoint detection and response, and VPN and firewall services.

The Connected Building service offering includes assessment, consulting and project management, coupled with on-site services for configuration, staging, installation and logistics.

Black Box solution offerings include:

-Multi-site deployments. The Black Box team is able to handle large-scale national/global installations and provide uniform IT at hundreds or thousands of sites.

-IoT deployments. Black Box can supply and install cameras, digital signage, POS, sensors and other in-building IoT technologies.

-Structured cabling and networking

-Digital transformation

“With Connected Buildings, our role is to simplify IT for our clients — especially in complex enterprises and when they have little or no remote IT support — all while helping them meet the device deployment challenges inherent in digital transformation,” Oathout added.

“The results speak for themselves: IT operations managers who have chosen Black Box as their digital transformation partner have cut project costs by more than 33 per cent, slashed the time for retrofitting existing locations from years to months, and experienced the same high-quality results whether they’re based in Mexico City; Mumbai, India; or Memphis, Tennessee.”

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