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Vorboss provides connectivity for smart skyscraper

  • September 3, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

UK ISP Vorboss has been chosen to provide 100Gbit/s connectivity to what will be one of London’s most technologically advanced and people focused buildings.

The 22 Bishopsgate development aims to create a connected community using smart building technology designed to drive real-time, data-driven insights on sustainability, space, health and productivity.

AXA IM Real Assets, the developer behind 22 Bishopsgate, commissioned Vorboss to install a high-bandwidth 100Gbit/s service with dual resilience throughout the 62-storey tower.

“22 Bishopsgate is setting new standards for workspaces in London and reliable internet connectivity is essential to not only its tenants, but its core operations,” said Timothy Creswick, Vorboss CEO. “When AXA IM Real Assets explained their requirements for a smart building, we immediately understood how critical our service would be and knew we could help fulfil their vision, delivering the most bandwidth to a single customer location.”

End-to-end Vorboss fibre will provide plug-and-play functionality to every tenant and power Microsoft’s Azure Digital Twins IoT platform, which embeds machine-learning insights into the core building management system. The 100Gbit/s service will also support technology amenities such as facial recognition, environmental sensors and energy usage analytics.

“We built 22 Bishopsgate with people at the heart of our plans,” said Harry Badham, head of UK development at AXA IM Real Assets. “Our partnership with Vorboss gives us the confidence that our residents will get the reliable connectivity they need and that we have the technology foundation required to support our residents, now and in the future.”

22 Bishopsgate intends to create a connected community over its 120,000 square metres, meaning Vorboss will be powering seamless, speedy connectivity to tenants as they move throughout the building. The fibre service helped 22 Bishopsgate become a WiredScore Platinum building, the industry’s highest certification for infrastructure, wireless coverage, connectivity and power.

“This is essential infrastructure and waiting weeks for installation is no longer acceptable,” said Creswick. “Our service allows tenants to move in and get connected within a matter of days. We want our clients focused on growing their businesses, not worrying about connectivity.”

The tenant-centred offering has embedded infrastructure throughout the building, with access to termination points on every floor. Businesses can access Vorboss internet services and scale as the business grows, as Vorboss says its connectivity can support the highest technological requirements and ensure this smart building is future-proofed for years to come.