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March/April 2019 I 17 LaserWave ® FLEX WideBand (OM5) Multimode Optical Fiber www.ofsoptics.com THE FUTURE Building intelligence is a dynamic process. The evolution extends beyond the understanding of what an IB is capable of on day one. It continues as the occupants interact with the connected building systems and as the systems adjust to occupants. Intelligence is furthered through use of the analyzed data only available through the interconnected systems and continues during future systems integration. According to Harry Smeenk, senior vice president of technology programs at TIA, "Smart buildings will create a scalable foundation for creating the elusive smart city, building by building from the ground up." 1 Designing for intelligence, ICT professionals can position a building at any level of intelligence to more easily enable connectedness. Mindful of how topology, pathway and telecom- munications space decisions impact the building, ICT designers can leave a flexible platform for future building owners, operators, and occupants to enjoy. AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Patti Fisher, RCDD, DCDC, OSP, RTPM, WD is a technology and security designer for consulting firm, The Sextant Group Inc. She has a unique perspective on the ICT world, having held positions in sales, as well as with a university before working as a consultant. Patti is a dedicated BICSI volunteer who won the David K. Blythe/University of Kentucky Award for Outstanding Member of the Year in 2012. She contributes to the RCS Committee, Standards Committee and is Vice Chair of the Codes subcommittee. She was instrumental in bringing the Breakfast Clubs to the United States, facilitating the Greater Kansas City BICSI Breakfast for more than 10 years. Patti is also a member of Women in BICSI. She can be reached at pfisher@thesextantgroup.com REFERENCES: 1. Smeenk, Harry, The Smart Way to Smart Cities Begins with Buildings, Smart Buildings Magazine, March 12, 2018

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