Home Is Where the Wiring Is

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-06-04
 
 
 

INTEROPERABILITY

A summit on interoperability that the Continental Automated Buildings Association held last month may point the way to greater success in building high-bandwidth infrastructure into homes.

Much like the electrical code changes in the 1970s mandated a drastic increase in the number and placement of electrical outlets so that today one who lives in a relatively new home can plug in appliances anytime and anywhere (Californias power supply permitting), CABA hopes to make building automation a no-brainer.

This makes sense because the distinction between home and office is blurring and because e-commerce applications, from distance learning to on-demand video to utility management, will work better if standardized network devices and protocols are incorporated in building design.

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