TOP
STORIES
 1 of 5
Electrosonic Named 2014 Integrator of the Year
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, Electrosonic's leadership has its eyes on ensuring the firm lasts at least another half-century.
 2 of 5
Crisis Averted: How 2 Firms Came Back from the Brink of Disaster
SVT and Altel Systems share their tales of tumble and turnaround to help those who may face the same problems prepare for the worst.
 3 of 5
Interactive Video Wall Promotes Recovery at Delaware Children’s Hospital
Kinesis Studio installs gesture-based activity wall for duPont Hospital for Children that gives young patients interactive landscape during recovery.
 4 of 5
Flashback Friday: Advanced AV Assists Ryan Seacrest Foundation
For this week's edition of Flashback Friday, go inside the first broadcast center of its kind inside Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Seacrest opens the 8th studio today at Children's Hospital in Boston.
 5 of 5
Advance Technology: From Mom-and-Pop to Emerging Industry Force
Advance Technology, a $7.7M firm with limited resources, turns industry obstacles — lack of service revenue, IT convergence and talent recruitment — into competitive advantages.
GovComm Looks at Future Tech Trends
Industry experts at GovComm 2012 highlight areas where savvy integrators and manufacturers should focus.

Article


November 29, 2012 | by D. Craig MacCormack

Collaboration, cybersecurity, improved IT networks and increased efficiencies in the built environment are among the trends four industry experts say should be on the top of everyone’s mind in 2013 and beyond.

As part of the GovComm 2012 special industry panel discussion “Future Trends,” Randy Johnson, president of Facchina Global Services, pointed to collaboration as the area where he thinks there’s the most to be gained going forward.

“It’s a global business world and success is dictated in our ability to collaborate,” he says. “That means voice, video and data, and it works best when all three are used and are dynamic. There’s no greater power in the world than to see the person you’re talking to on the other side of the world and know how well – or how poorly – the conversation is going.”

Johnson sees flexibility, scalability, mobility, integration, instant access and easy maintenance among the key contributors to a good collaborative experience.

Cybersecurity

Mike Pflueger, senior vice president and chief solutions officer at Facchina, maintains cybersecurity should be a major focus, if it isn’t already. While a typical client can’t get the virtually invisible network encryption capabilities of the Department of Defense, there are ways it can improve in 2013 and beyond.

“Obviously, we’re losing the cyber war and will continue to lose that war,” he says, noting most firewalls can be broken by a 12-year-old and UPNs can be cracked by a 16-year-old. “We’re in a heck of a problem set. All of these defenses sit on an unsecure operating system.”

Pflueger recommends building a secure operating network, not one that sits on Apple, Google or Microsoft, for example, and seek out the strongest encryption you can find. Also, be sure to build cross-domain enablers and apps on a secure operating system, he says.

Commercial and federal clients will shift to a more powerful encryption, says Pflueger, meaning there will be multiple independent networks that need to be bridged for added functionality. Companies need protection from the Internet, but effective access to it as well, he says, and their capabilities need to be multi-domain aware and secure.

Built Environment

Tony Warner, president-elect of InfoComm International, sees Passive Optical Networks (PON) - similar to FiOS for the commercial space - as among the emerging trends in the built environment. If used as intended, PON and its big brother GPON (G for “gigabyte”) can reduce rack space and cabling as much as 90 percent, Warner says. That move toward centralization reflects a data center approach, improved monitoring and management and improved security management.

Warner also sees physical security information management (PSIM) as an emerging trend because it can lead to reduced staffing and improved accuracy and response times because the software can predict where a person will go.

Related: Why PSIM Matters for Access Control

High-performance buildings, which Warner also calls performance-based design, brings together three of the most-discussed trends in the industry under one umbrella: sustainability, innovation and intelligence. RTKL Associates, where Warner is a principal, used performance-based design at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)’s headquarters in Virginia, and the building now saves as much energy as about 40,000 homes, he says.

IT Networks

Dave White, chief information officer at NGA, says the advent of the Intelligence Community IT Enterprise, will be huge for his agency and others in the federal space. IT is the largest expenditure for NGA, which has 29 percent of its workforce deployed outside its three main offices in Virginia and Missouri, with people in 11 different countries. The IC ITE will bring about standardization and automation as well as on-demand access for users when it’s officially launched, White says.

“It’s become more about the user experience,” he says. “It’s about putting the power in the user’s hands.” The IC ITE will allow for greater agility, mobility, capacity, access and a more defensible IT infrastructure as well as intelligence integration through integrated work groups, says White, who touted himself as a big fan of A/V, although he noted the intelligence community is moving away from large system integrators to help solve its problems and utilizing its Industry Integration Program.

About the author

Craig MacCormack is a veteran journalist with more than 15 years experience covering local and national news and sports as well as architecture and engineering. He joined Commercial Integrator in January 2011. Follow him on Twitter: @CraigMacCormack.
View all posts by D. Craig MacCormack
Social Bookmark or Share This
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • Yahoo! Bookmarks
  • Google Bookmarks
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Reddit
  • Windows Live
  • LinkedIn
  • Evernote
  • E-mail


  • Latest
  • Blogs
  • Photos
  • Resources
White Paper:
Changes in Workplace Design Equal New Revenue

Code adoption and an office cultural shift toward collaborative environments, create demand for integrated mass notification emergency communication and sound masking solutions.

White Paper: 5 Ways to Profit While Saving Clients’ Money on Utilities
White Paper: Campuses Banking on Emergency Notification, Upgrades
Webcast: Unscrambling Your AVB, HDBaseT Questions
White Paper: Technology Brief on Control Rooms
White Paper: The Voice: How to Design Emergency Communication Systems with Announcements
White Paper: Digital Signs of the Times
White Paper: A Snapshot of the Onsite Freelance & Contractor Workforce
View more papers or webcasts



Recent comments

Are you sure that Almo is the first to offer these services? SYNNEX has been offering installation services…

Posted by Josh Aldridge on 2014 11 21 · commented on
'Almo Pro A/V: Installation as a Service?'.

RPM-AVS has been providing these services to the leading integrators in the US for over twenty years. After…

Posted by Rodney Milner on 2014 11 20 · commented on
'Almo Pro A/V: Installation as a Service?'.

Do you see WHY tuition is so high in college? It has nothing to do with better education and everything to…

Posted by Follow N Money on 2014 11 18 · commented on
'University of Oregon Builds Football Performance Center for Champions'.

This article is disappointingly inaccurate.
The idea that 4K allows people at a distance to see content…

Posted by J. Johnson on 2014 11 17 · commented on
'5 Awesome Applications for 4K Video Projection'.