Building Technologies College is designed to help an organization understand the various types of building technology solutions to consider when planning to renovate or build a new corporate facility or campus.The courses will aid in the development of comprehensive systems for a variety of corporate environments and applications using the most recent hardware and software technologies. The course content will be divided into sections that go into depth on subjects such as distributed antenna systems (DAS), copper and fiber cabling for IP/Ethernet data communications networks, passive optical LAN (POL), intelligent building management systems and unified communications systems.

The courses in the Building Technologies College are relevant to the design and operational concerns of end-user or owner/operator organizations as well as integration and installation organizations involved with one or more of the building technologies covered. It is most beneficial to organizations if representatives of each discipline who have responsibilities that touch the building technologies systems attend all of the sessions that are conducted. These groups would typically include facilities as well as the information systems and network groups to understand the interdependent nature of virtually all decisions that are made in regard to the design and operation of the modern building technologies systems. The new technologies—which are based on IP/Ethernet open systems environments and use transport media such as copper twisted pair, fiber optic and radio frequency (RF)—must be adequately designed and provisioned in order to allow the systems to operate effectively, efficiently and reliably. These are the components that comprise the “pavement of the Information Highway” and as such their design, specification and installation must meet the performance expectations of the organization and the end-users.

Wireless Fundamentals and Best Practices – Level 100

Duration: 15 minutes: On-demand for individuals or Skype webcast for groups

This course focuses on building a baseline knowledge of IEEE 802.11 wireless networking by gaining an understanding of wireless fundamentals and best practices. This course examines the following topics:

·         Radio frequency properties

·         Types of interference

·         PHY rate & throughput

·         Characteristics of the IEEE 802.11 standard

·         Wireless best practices

Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of the various characteristics of the IEEE 802.11 standard for wireless networking, a baseline knowledge of wireless architectures and a comprehension of the differences between the various wireless frequencies. The students will be able to apply the design criteria learned in the Wireless Fundamentals and Best Practices to the conceptual design of an IEEE 802.11 wireless networking system.