A QuadReal-managed commercial office building in Calgary, Alberta Canada. QuadReal recently outfitted its office spaces across Canada with passive optical LAN technology in preparation for smart building systems.

QuadReal Group uses fiber to prepare commercial properties for smart building transformation

May 13, 2021
Across Canada, QuadReal Group has deployed passive optical LAN technology to unlock cost savings, enhance customer experience, and prepare infrastructure for the future.

QuadReal Property Group has leveraged fiber-optic technology, including passive optical LAN, to prepare for the digital transformation of its commercial properties across Canada. QuadReal relied heavily on products and technologies from DZS, as well as the services of DZS Elite partner and systems integrator Andorix, to achieve its objectives.

“QuadReal has broadly implemented a world-class, converged passive optical LAN infrastructure from DZS to improve its customer experience, unlock significant capex and opex savings, and futureproof its Canadian portfolio of properties for the emerging hyperconnected world featuring multi-gigabit data rates, 5G services and smart buildings and spaces,” DZS said when it announced its participation in QuadReal’s efforts.

“We are excited to be working closely with DZS and Andorix to pioneer the deployment of passive optical LAN as the technology of choice to support base-building and tenant services in both new and existing properties,” said Thano Lambrinos, vice president, smart building technology and digital innovation at QuadReal. “With fiber-based digital connectivity foundations, we can enable smart building outcomes. These can dramatically improve operational efficiency and productivity, enhance sustainability and reduce our carbon footprint. They also decrease operational and cyber risk, and deliver unique services that enhance the customer experience and allow us to differentiate our properties in the market.”

To date, QuadReal has performed one of the largest rollouts of passive optical LAN in both existing and new buildings among North America real estate firms. Its FiberLAN deployment across more than 40 of its North American assets enables the company to integrate building services such as video surveillance, HVAC, access control, public WiFi, Internet of Things sensors/devices and other smart building systems both existing and planned. This unified network enables QuadReal to have access to aggregated and integrated data and analytics that can help improve operations and ultimately better serve customers and tenants.

“Commercial property and enterprise facility trends like the explosion of IoT adoption, the rise of 5G and private LTE, and the emergence of artificial intelligence and smart building innovation are all driving a surge in network traffic growth alongside the need for always-on access,” said Jay Hilbert, executive president of Asia Europe Middle East Africa (AEMEA) sales at DZS. “With DZS’s enterprise optical LAN solutions, which leverage our deep heritage in fiber access and customer premises equipment, QuadReal is able to connect critical base building services and enable data aggregation and integration that drives actionable insights to meet customers’ needs today and in the future. It is an honor to collaborate with our integration partner Andorix in their support of QuadReal’s standard-setting transformation and we are excited for the potential that the model they are pioneering has for transforming the economics and tenant experience for the entire industry.”

DZS’s new generation plug-and-play FiberLAN solutions portfolio leverages DZS Velocity optical line terminal (OLT) and access switches, paired with DZS Helix optical network terminals (ONTs) and an extensive range of complementary solution components that can be tailored to optimize virtually any deployment scenario. DZS emphasizes that when compared to legacy copper infrastructure, its FiberLAN solutions are inherently less expensive, faster, more reliable, more compact, more discrete, more adaptable, longer-lasting, greener, and more secure. The company further explains it “has been a pioneer in the global PON market, able to deliver highly reliable, highest-quality and extreme high-value solutions and component options at scale.”

“Fiber-in-the-building is a mature market alternative to traditional active networks and has the power to transform enterprise buildings into something completely different from what they are today,” said Wayne Kim, founder and chief executive officer of Andorix. “Because of the unlimited bandwidth promise of fiber infrastructures, they are central to creating converged networks that integrate smart spaces, enable indoor 5G and support the sensor-driven facility systems of the future. We are excited to be partnering with DZS, a worldwide leader in passive optical LAN solutions, to deliver ultra-high-speed, low-latency fiber networks to transform and further differentiate QuadReal’s commercial portfolio across North America.”

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