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By Rich Handley

Synchronoss Technologies Partners With Arrow Electronics, Microsoft on Smart-Building Solutions

Synchronoss Technologies, a provider of cloud, messaging, digital and Internet of Things (IoT) products, has announced an agreement with Arrow Electronics to develop and bring to market a new IoT smart-building solution. Intended for use by telecom operators, service providers and systems integrators, the solution will allow users to remotely monitor and manage automated on-premise features and systems, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning; lighting; security; maintenance; and energy consumption.

The solution will incorporate Synchronosss Smart Buildings platform, which brings together data from disparate in-building systems and sensors into a single, unified dashboard. The platform aggregates and analyzes the data in real time to uncover new insights and provide recommendations to solve problems, improve operational performance and reduce running costs for buildings. This will provide a single, integrated package that telecom operators, systems integrators and other service providers can offer to large multinational companies and organizations to remotely manage their premises' onsite automated features.

Synchronoss has also announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to offer a smart-building solution leveraging Microsoft Azure. The firm is joining Microsoft's Azure IoT solutions accelerator program. The collaboration will deliver a live proof-of-concept to global technology services provider Rackspace, deploying smart-building services to monitor and control energy usage and reduce costs at Rackspace's San Antonio headquarters, which spans more than one million square feet.

Rackspace collaborated with Synchronoss to architect, design and deploy its Azure IoT environment to ensure scalability and security. Synchronoss and Microsoft will combine their experience with cloud computing and IoT service enablement to collect and analyze data feeds from numerous sources within Rackspace's headquarters. The combined platform covers everything from heating and air conditioning to lighting, maintenance and security.

Synchronoss's Smart Buildings solution is powered by diagnostics and analytics capabilities. It can analyze a single building or link multiple buildings within the same company or a city to create an intelligent network of buildings. The platform includes predictive fault-detection capabilities and near-real-time alerts, which will automatically flag energy usage inefficiencies to Rackspace through persistent diagnostics. The resulting analysis and benchmark reporting of business energy patterns and performance are intended to drive cost savings of between 12 and 20 percent for Rackspace per building.

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