Digie Award winners

Penn State OPP receives IBcon’s Digie Award for Most Intelligent Building Project

Friday, June 22, 2018

University Park, Pa. – Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant’s Facility Automation Network group was honored with the prestigious IBcon Digie Award at the annual IBcon conference by Tempered Networks, Inc.

OPP was recognized for its innovation and success in deploying the ‘Most Intelligent Building Project’ in a college campus.

“It’s gratifying to have our smart building and IoT efforts acknowledged by the industry’s foremost entity focused on driving innovation and efficiency across real estate operations,” said Tom Walker, systems design specialist at Penn State’s OPP. “Our increasingly connected world can certainly bring exciting opportunities and efficiencies, but we can only be successful if we can network systems in a highly secure and scalable way. We’re pleased that our team is making transformational contributions to advance smart building projects and initiatives in the market.”

The judges for the Digie awards selected Penn State based on these substantial project outcomes:

  • With limited resources and a tight timeline, OPP staff completely restructured the network, segmenting the BACnet traffic into one of the most sophisticated university operational networks in the world
  • Converged networks from multiple building systems including building automation, wastewater, water treatment, steam plants, electrical distribution, elevators and others and are driving the data into an advanced analytics platform
  • Encrypted segmentation in network design significantly reduced security risk while substantially reducing cost of implementation.

OPP’s facility automation services group handles functions including automation engineering, network administration and monitoring the University’s digitally connected buildings. The group was able to reduce its network attack surface and centralize control of hundreds of BACnet systems—without disrupting the legacy network—at a fraction of the time and a quarter of the cost of traditional alternatives like VLANs, firewalls, ACLs, etc.

About IBcon Digie Awards

Realcomm has been presenting the "Digie" Awards (short for Commercial Real Estate Digital Innovation Awards) since 1999 to recognize those outstanding companies, real estate projects, technologies as well as the people who have gone “above and beyond” to positively impact the industry through the intelligent application of technology, automation and innovation.

About Tempered Networks

Tempered Networks makes segmentation simple. We enable organizations to easily and instantly connect, segment, and manage any of their networked ‘things’ with native security and universal mobility. We believe security and simplicity should go hand-in-hand and that organizations should not have to compromise one for the other. Our Identity-Defined Networking (IDN) solution eliminates complexity and gives customers the freedom to connect anything without worry and get control over their networks. Customers achieve the benefits of Software Defined Networking, only promised by others, and ensures that their network is resilient, nimble, and manageable. For more information, visit www.temperednetworks.com.