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As Office Tenants Expect More Tech, Even the Windows Get Smart


Smart windows in a building in midtown Manhattan darken as the sun becomes brighter.

Demand for new technologies from office developers and tenants is fueling competition between suppliers.

Credit: Jeenah Moon/The New York Times

Demand for new technologies from office developers and tenants is fueling competition between suppliers, with upgrades like smart windows, or fiber-optic cable to improve redundancy, attracting attention from investors.

For example, developer DivcoWest is installing an estimated 10 miles of fiber-optic cable beneath and within six office buildings in a mixed-use development in Cambridge, MA, promising Wi-Fi with uninterrupted connectivity.

According to New York consultant WiredScore, more than 1,800 office buildings worldwide have so far registered for or been accorded certification for in-building Internet connectivity.

Some office providers are enhancing other kinds of technology in buildings, like installing antennae for picking up and amplifying cellphone signals, and lighting sensors that track the brightness of the sun.

Even more sophisticated capabilities are expected, with Rao Mulpuri, CEO of smart window maker View, predicting windows would eventually be used like computer screens.

From The New York Times
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