DZS is working with longtime partner Andorix to transform landmark locations into fiber-based smart buildings designed for today’s digital workforce.

DZS FiberLAN technology provides the passive optical network (PON) infrastructure that when complemented by Andorix’s transformational Managed PON service offering revitalizes the legacy, copper-based communications infrastructure of historical buildings into some of the most intelligent, hyper-connected buildings in the world. With the upgrade of these landmarks to support seamless integration and management of critical base-building services such as video surveillance, HVAC, access control, WiFi, Internet of Things (IoT) sensors/devices and other smart building systems, commercial property owners can transform the economics of these buildings, driving significant CAPEX and OPEX savings while also making them much more attractive to existing and new or prospective tenants.

An example of the powerful combination of DZS and Andorix solutions is The Post in Vancouver, Canada, a 1.1 million square foot historic architectural landmark that occupies a full city block and once served as the main regional processing facility for Canada Post. Now, this updated historic building boasts a world-class fiber-optic infrastructure on the cutting-edge of smart building technologies. The Post’s tenants include marquee companies like Amazon.

The Post in Vancouver, managed by QuadReal Property Group

“Historical landmarks are the architectural gems of North America’s big cities, but often go underutilized by marquee clients due to their high cost of operation and legacy communications network infrastructure,” said Gunter Reiss, Chief Customer Officer of AEMEA for DZS. “Andorix’s Managed PON platform, powered by our proven DZS FiberLAN solutions, transforms the communications networks of these buildings, delivering state-of-the-art hyper-connectivity, a dramatically improved user experience, and significant operational and capital cost savings for commercial property owners. We are proud of how our partnership with Andorix has been able to make these inner-city treasures appealing to new generations, and we continue to grow our strong relationship by modernizing outdated communications infrastructure in historic commercial facilities like The Post across North America.”

Typically, buildings like The Post that have leveraged DZS and Andorix solutions experience an average of up to 70% percent reduction in energy consumption, a nearly 70% reduction in networking infrastructure space requirements, and installation expenses cut to a fraction of the cost of traditional infrastructure upgrades. DZS and Andorix have also partnered to transform other high-profile landmark facilities like 800 Fulton Market in Chicago, Illinois and modern properties like the River South office building in Austin, Texas into smart buildings that are home to some of the most recognized companies in the world.

The cutting-edge plug-and-play DZS FiberLAN solutions portfolio combines DZS Velocity optical line terminal (OLT) systems and DZS Helix optical network terminals (ONTs), gateways and access points with an extensive range of business-focused complementary solution components that can be customized for virtually any in-building deployment scenario. Compared to legacy copper infrastructure, DZS FiberLAN solutions are significantly more cost-effective, higher capacity, have a longer lifecycle, and more reliable, compact, adaptable, secure and environmentally friendly.

“We are leveraging DZS FiberLAN solutions to deliver next-generation fiber-based services right up to the tenant and offering a unified, connected network via a fully managed smart building platform,” said Shaul Swartz, Founder and COO, Andorix. “The communications network is the backbone of any building – new or historical – and the Andorix team’s goal is to deliver our customers’ end-customers the ultimate communications experience. That is why Andorix offers complete network orchestration and provides fully managed Day 2 smart-building operations support for a minimum of five years. Our unified smart-building platform enables advanced facility-wide data collection from IoT and sensor devices that can optimize operations and yield immediate savings from an operational and Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) perspective.“

Andorix’s Managed PON platform uses the latest PON technologies, including symmetrical 10 gigabit per second XGS-PON, while designing, deploying and providing ongoing management services for Operational Technology (OT) excellence across its customers’ in-building network systems. Within a typical OT environment, all of the major building systems (e.g. building automation, lighting control, HVAC, access control, and video surveillance) utilize the PON building network to communicate with the endpoint devices in an optimized, scalable, secure and cost-effective manner.a