Realcomm 2008 Presents Its Technology Tour of California’s Most Intelligent Building

May 27, 2008


By Cheri L. Parr


CARLSBAD, CA - Realcomm Conference Group, LLC, a global leader in providing education, information and networking opportunities for the commercial real estate, has announced a technology tour of Columbia Center, a 550,000 square foot office building located in downtown San Diego, as part of the Realcomm 2008 education program. This metro high-rise is a stunning example of how an existing building can be transformed into an intelligent "next generation" property.


"We are excited to provide our attendees the opportunity to see firsthand a state-of-the-art Building Optical Network (BON) that provides bandwidth as a utility, Wi-Fi as an amenity and integrated building systems that enable best of class smart services for tenants," said Jim Young, co-founder and CEO of Realcomm. "Columbia Center is the perfect showcase of this year's conference theme of "INvestigate, INitiate, INnovate: Leveraging Technology in a Fast-Changing World."


Bandwidth Now, a leader in the installation, provisioning and managing of next-generation patent-pending Building Optical Networks (BON), and SENTRE Partner, a San Diego-based real estate investment and services company, teamed up with GE Asset Management to acquire the building and to embark on their fourth intelligent building project.


"We continue to define a 'next-gen' building," said Matthew Spathas, CEO of Bandwidth Now and partner of SENTRE Partners. "By installing a common, agnostic network, the building can deliver up to gigabit network speeds at a fraction of the cost. In addition, Wi-Fi will be provided throughout the entire building as an amenity."


Making the system even more unique, SENTRE will deploy numerous back end uses to better serve its tenants. One example includes a web-based work order system, utilizing the building's wireless infrastructure. Building engineers will carry web tablets and Pocket PCs, giving them the ability to receive and respond to tenant work orders on the spot.


In most buildings, traditional analog systems such as HVAC, lighting, security, and parking would be installed separately, with no connectivity or integration among systems. However, at Columbia Center, all of the traditional systems converge at a central communications closet and are managed entirely over an IP network.


Bandwidth Now and SENTRE are exploring a host of other new services to provide its tenants, including Video Conferencing to the PC, Managed IP Telephony and Managed IT Services in an effort to increase tenant productivity and drive down tenant IT costs.


About Realcomm

Realcomm Conference Group, LLC is the world's leading research and educational institution that produces an annual conference and exposition on technology, automated business solutions and intelligent buildings for executives in commercial and corporate real estate. Realcomm was founded in 1999 with the goal of bringing industry leaders together each year to discuss, demonstrate and debate the latest innovations that impact the industry. Today, in addition to the annual conference, Realcomm conducts seminars, webinars, workshops, executive tours and other strategic services to educate industry professionals about the latest business solutions and technologies to improve commercial real estate development, leasing, management and operations. 

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