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By Paula Musich  |  Posted 2002-09-02 Print this article Print

The intelligent-building offerings are targeted at commercial real estate developers, hotels, schools and planned communities.

HP is among a handful of companies looking to create infrastructures that "more people can use to get connected in a variety of ways," said Mike Haines, an analyst for Gartner Inc., in Omaha, Neb. Microsoft Corp., Cisco Systems Inc. and IBM are also developing such solutions.

For the city of Cerritos, HPs consultants took the lead in coordinating with roughly 150 subcontractors during the buildings construction to ensure the network would support both the educational and building design goals of the library.

"The building itself is very architecturally unique. There are no straight lines. Its all curves. The information flow is like a wave," said Ying.

"It helps enhance the message about making technology pervasive but not invasive," echoed Phillips. "This library has 1,200 Internet connections, but you would be hard pressed to see [them]."

Along with the Internet ports for patrons laptops, the second floor of the library has a section with 200 PCs available for public use. The PCs provide Internet access, Microsoft applications and access to print services. The third floor has a high-tech conference center where each seat has a workstation with a flat-panel screen.

The center has a projection TV for videoconferencing with other locations, which patrons can rent.

The network is made up of HP Procurve switches as well as Cisco routers, Web caching engines, PIX-series firewalls and Ciscos BBSM (Broadband Service Manager).

The BBSM software tracks patrons Internet access and library services use and provides the authentication mechanism activated by smart library cards. The smart cards allow patrons to check out books themselves, enable data and video downloads, and support inventory control.


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