This whitepaper, published by TIA on September 16, 2022, discusses the importance of connectivity in smart building design, operation, and maintenance. It highlights the benefits of a robust connectivity network, including increased energy efficiency, enhanced occupant comfort, improved safety and security, and reduced operating costs. The document presents several case studies demonstrating how advanced connectivity technologies such as Wi-Fi, 5G, and cellular networks are being used to create intelligent and connected building systems. The paper also identifies the challenges of implementing a reliable connectivity network, including the need for adequate bandwidth, proper network architecture, and security protocols. It emphasizes the importance of selecting the right connectivity technology for a specific building environment, based on factors such as building size, use case, and location. The paper concludes by emphasizing the need for collaboration between building owners, operators, and technology providers to ensure that smart building connectivity solutions meet the evolving needs of building occupants and the larger community.

Keywords: Association, Communications, Control & Monitoring Equipment/Sensors, Cybersecurity/Privacy, Data Networking, Energy Efficiency/Management, Intelligent Building, Internet of Things (IoT), Large Building Controls/Automation, Powerline Communications, Process Automation, Protocols/Standards, Structured Wiring/Cabling, System Integrator, SPIRE, connectivity, TIA, Passive Optical, LPWAN

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