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The Cost Of Doing Nothing For The Built Environment

Determining the cost of change management and value creation in digital transformation of the built environment .

Understanding the difference between predictive vs preventive maintenance

Which maintenance style is the best fit for your organization?.

Switch Spotlight: Pritesh Kare

Get to know our Switchers as we share our journeys in the smart building industry and what it’s like working at Switch! .


Switch Spotlight: Laure Salou

Get to know our Switchers as we share our journeys in the smart building industry and what it’s like working at Switch! .

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What is the difference between Black box solutions and Switch?

Striking a balance between data interpretability and accuracy of black box models and the Switch solution.

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Switch Spotlight: Daryl Oliveros

Tell us about your role at Switch.

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PropTech Megatrends: Factors Shaping Our Built Environment in 2022

As we move into the new year, Switch CEO Deb Noller highlights emerging PropTech industry megatrends, and we examine how these will impact our experience of the built world.

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Switch Spotlight: Jorde Ranum

Get to know our Switchers as we share our journeys in the smart building industry and what it’s like working at Switch! .

How Data-Driven Sustainability Increases Building Resilience and Profitability

Our solutions ensure compliance, resilience and transparency to navigate the new normal of uncertainty.


Switch Spotlight: Patti Mason

Get to know our Switchers as we share our journeys in the smart building industry and what it’s like working at Switch! .

The Value of Green Financing for the Built World

With companies and governments making ambitious pledges at COP26, there has undoubtedly been a recent uptick around the climate risk narrative and drive towards sustainability as part of the ESG discourse.

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Inspiring Innovations in Green Building Architecture

One of the driving forces behind our work at Switch is decreasing the environmental impact of commercial buildings amid the climate crisis.


Updated menu to match your digital building management workflow

We are excited to announce the release of our new Switch Platform navigation! In collaboration with our clients, users and Switch product team we have redesigned the Switch Platform menu to more closely align with how users navigate the Platform in their daily workflows.

Leveraging RESET® for Healthy and Sustainable Buildings

In our introductory session of this three-part webinar series, Switch Automation Chief Operating Officer Derek Harnett and RESET® President Stanton Wong engage in a panel discussion on using the RESET data standard for measuring indoor air quality.

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Switch Dx³ installed at 14,115 ft. at Pikes Peak visitor center

By connecting Switch Dx³ to the Pikes Peak Summit Complex, BranchPattern can now remotely monitor system performance.

Spotlighting our female engineers for International Women in Engineering Day 2021

For INWED, we’re putting the spotlight on our female engineers, asking what they love about their roles and what advice they have for aspiring female engineers.


Switch CFO transforms old dairy farm into natural habitat for endangered koalas | #SwitchItUpForGood

Switch CFO Suellen Thompson is planting thousands of trees to provide a habitat for the endangered koala population of New South Wales.


Switch Dx³: An on-demand building systems network assessment

Switch Dx3 now features a brand new interface, making building network scans easier to understand for new and experienced users alike.

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Celebrating our building engineers on U.S. National Engineering Week

In honor of EWeek, we’re putting the spotlight on some of our building engineers, asking why they think engineering is important, what they love about their roles and how they feel about our industry.

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Switch Product Lead helps regenerate local Australian habitat | #SwitchItUpForGood

Switch Product Lead does her part to regenerate the natural habitat in her local Australian community, helping plant 1,000 trees.

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Why people, culture and a shared purpose keep Switch thankful in 2020

Despite the adversity of the ongoing pandemic, we believe its crucial to find the positives of 2020, particularly as Thanksgiving approaches for our Denver team.


How your smart building architecture can ensure your facilities remain an asset – not a liability

Here are five key steps to futureproofing buildings with investments that will deliver value and prepare your organization for further top line growth.

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IBcon 2020: Crisis and new opportunities in real estate

IBcon 2020 was a hybrid-style event that mirrored the realities of running real estate business today.

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Do you know who owns your building performance and usage data?

Smart building solutions are driven by data and analytics, so it’s crucial to know who actually owns your building performance and usage data.

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A software Platform to enhance efficiency, transparency and coordination for your service contracts

Switch Dx³ offers ESCOs a new tool for transparency, monitoring and verification of project performance across the entire business portfolio.

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Surviving the crash: Offsetting asset devaluation after a global crisis

As the property market faces an increasingly uncertain future, there really is no better time to start proactively offsetting the risk of devaluation.


Switch launches first APAC smart building suite in Singapore

Switch is proud to announce the launch of our first smart building suite in Asia, a 39-story premium Grade A office asset with ancillary retail at the heart of central Singapore.

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Switch @ CREtech: How data-driven sustainability increases building resilience and profitability

Switch participated in a virtual roundtable discussion at CRETech 2020 about how data-driven sustainability increases resilience and profitability.

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Healthy buildings: Is your building a ‘vertical cruise ship?’

With commercial buildings' inherent ability to spread disease and the lack of meaningful insight into their occupancy, these spaces have come to resemble ‘vertical cruise ships’ now more than ever.

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Switch rolls out online training for customers and partners

Switch’s new online training center provides Platform announcements, user guides and educational resources to aid our customers’ and partners’ smart building journeys.

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What distinguishes the Switch Platform from a BMS?

Is the Switch Platform a BMS? Switch is a software layer that connects to building systems, devices, third party systems and edge devices for improved asset management across a portfolio.

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Manage and report on building health and safety with Switch Workspaces

Switch Workspaces translate your portfolio’s data sets and queries into valuable, actionable visualizations for corporate reporting, lobby screens or change management efforts.

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Smart building services: Easier building data integration with Switch Build

Switch Build gives immediate visibility into points and tagging across entire portfolios, while speeding up the onboarding process and making integration more consistent.

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Building management cost: How to maximize your smart building budget

Smart building programs drive revenue and often pay for themselves in energy savings and lowered utility bills.


Managing real estate in times of crisis: Communicating with your stakeholders

In part 4 of this blog series discussing smart building tech’s role in times of crisis, we explained how to adapt your building operations for sites that remain occupied even during an emergency.

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Managing real estate in times of crisis: Adjusting occupied buildings remotely

For buildings that are still occupied during a lockdown, here are some recommendations from the Switch engineers and other industry experts to consider.

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Managing real estate in times of crisis: Remote building management for unoccupied sites

We rounded up 10 practical and agile steps to adapt your building operations for sites that have reduced or no occupancy.


Earth Day 2020 : Reduced carbon usage in a time of global crisis

This month marks the 50th Earth Day, and to celebrate, we’re taking a look at how the ongoing lockdown has reduced carbon consumption around the world.

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Managing real estate in times of crisis: 3 reasons smart building technology is essential

Harnessing remote analysis, reporting and control, here are the top 3 reasons that smart building tech is absolutely crucial when disaster strikes.

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Managing real estate in times of crisis: ‘Why are all the lights on at 5am?’

Global crises demand streamlined operations as millions face hardship and property value comes under pressure.

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Switch Closes $5M Series A2 Fundraising

Switch is pleased to announce a new partnership with lead investor Gaw Capital and that our $5M Series A2 round of fundraising is now closed.

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Switch HQ moves to The Alliance Center, doubling down on sustainability efforts

Switch Automation moves their Denver office headquarters into The Alliance Center.

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Switch named Solar Impulse Efficient Solution & industry “Leader” in Verdantix report

It's been an exciting month for Switch Automation with two prominent industry recognitions from independent research analyst Verdantix and the Solar Impulse Foundation.

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The Top 5 PropTech Trends from 2010-2020

Take a look back on some of the key PropTech breakthroughs of the past decade, from the proliferation of IoT tech, to smart cities becoming a reality, to co-working changing the workplace forever.

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Switch Awarded Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label

Switch Automation take an enterprise IT approach to fixing broken buildings by helping portfolio managers evolve their disconnected, inefficient assets into technology-enabled smart buildings.

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MIPIM PropTech 2019: 5 quotes to inspire your digital future

Here are Switch's most inspiring takeaways from MIPIM PropTech NYC 2019.

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MIPIM PropTech NYC 2019 sessions: 5 talks you won’t want to miss

Check out these 5 can't-miss sessions at MIPIM PropTech 2019.

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Verdantix names Switch an industry “Leader” in market for IoT Platforms for Smart Buildings

Verdantix Benchmark Reveals Seven Leaders In The Highly Competitive IoT Platforms For Smart Buildings Market.

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The Switch Platform: 3 ways to ingest data

The Switch Platform integrates with commercial building portfolios via the Switch IoT Gateway, data mapping and APIs.

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Three things CRE leaders must do to usher in the digital future of real estate

Switch CEO Deb Noller paints a picture of the real estate industry’s technological transformation and how companies must adapt to stay competitive.

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Switch weighs in on the 2019 North American GRESB Results

Property investors now want to see climate change as a quantifiable cost, and we left the GRESB events with a strong sense of how financial projection and climate change are beginning to collide.

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How many engineers does it take to optimize a lightbulb?

We explore the day-to-day activities of three Switch engineers to demonstrate how they create scalable optimization opportunities that aren’t possible with a legacy FM approach.

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Understanding the personal and financial benefits of green certification

This final part of our green building certification series investigates the financial, organizational and occupant-related benefits of investing in green certification.

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IBcon 2019: The future of FM is digital

Last week Switch sent our largest ever event team to IBcon 2019, real estate’s most comprehensive conference focused on smart buildings.

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Using smart building platforms to facilitate green certification

The right smart building platform supports green building certification, whether you’re embarking on retro-commissioning, continuous commissioning or certification interfacing.

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IBcon 2019: 7 talks you can’t afford to miss

Heading to Nashville for the biggest real estate conference of the year? Be sure to attend these 7 key IBcon 2019 sessions to make the most of your trip.

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IBcon 2019 Pre-conference: 9 must-attend events

Make the most of your time in Nashville by attending one of the IBcon 2019 pre-conference events.

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Achieving greater portfolio value with green certification

These days, a number of green certifications and programs exist, each with its own focus area and sustainability goals.

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Deploying a smart building program to ensure cybersecurity

In this third and final installment of the series we discuss how a well-executed smart building program can ensure airtight CRE cybersecurity throughout your portfolio.


How to identify security vulnerabilities in your network

Completing a site audit will create a foundation for your cybersecurity strategy and further investment into a scalable smart building program.

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GRESB data quality: Progress through platforms

The GRESB Data Quality Assessment is paving the path to digital facilities management for the CRE industry.

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International Women’s Day 2019: Celebrating by hiring!

An open letter to technology professionals on International Women's Day 2019 from Switch Automation CEO Deb Noller including open jobs at Switch!.

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CRE cybersecurity series: The main risk with connected buildings

Is IoT technology to blame for the recent onslaught of CRE cybersecurity breaches, or are these vulnerabilities often pre-existing and undetected?.

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How to make building data work for you

Effective data collection and storage empowers commercial real estate teams to get actionable insights into building performance and improve their bottom line.


Top 5 #CRE Megatrends for 2019

Discover how this year will bring several ‘coming of age’ moments for the industry with Switch CEO’s 2019 CRE megatrends predictions.


Predictive facilities management: CRE’s future?

What is predictive facilities management and is it the way of the future for commercial real estate? Switch CEO, Deb Noller weighs in.

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2018 FM Industry Award for Excellence in Collaborative Partnerships with Austec Building Automation

More than 575 facilities management (FM) professionals came together at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt on 15 November to celebrate the 2018 FM Industry Awards for Excellence.

CoRE Tech 2018: 4 Insider tips to maximize your experience

CoRE Tech 2018 focuses on how data and technology are transforming the way we manage buildings.


How to choose the best building management app

Deciding on which building software and mobile app your organization should use is a complex task.

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Forbes: Here’s How Your Business Can Go Global

Deb Noller knows opportunity when she sees it.

5 ways to leverage IoT to make your buildings better

Our team shares five core practices derived from IBCON's Connectivity of Things panel to drive optimal portfolio performance.

IT and OT convergence yields smarter buildings

In this post we revisit one of our favorite sessions of IBCon 2018, highlighting IT and OT convergence through the eyes of two visionary leaders at Oxford Properties.

IBCon 2018 Highlights: 20 years of progress, now what?

The Switch team returned from IBCon 2018, a cornerstone gathering of the commercial and corporate real estate, facilities and technology industries, with fresh insights and fond memories.

Switch @ Panasonic CityNOW, A Denver Smart City Project

Switch was recently invited to attend Panasonic CityNOW, a visionary smart city project from the Japanese electronics corporation in partnership with the City of Denver.

IBCon 2018 Insiders’ Guide: 8 ways to accelerate your smart building journey

From exclusive happy hours to pre-conference workshops, check out 8 tips to maximize the IBCon 2018 experience.

3 key startup insights for Mission Innovation leaders

This Mission Innovation group is filled with powerful government representatives; brilliant in their fields but, sadly, accustomed to electoral cycles, negotiation and lobbying.

Overcoming innovation challenges: MI-3 day two highlights

Mission Innovation 3 kicked off with Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss psychiatrist and balloonist who was among the first to complete a non-stop balloon flight around the globe.

Global clean energy innovation: Reflections from Switch’s CEO on MI-3 day one

Switch CEO, Deb Noller, is in Malmö, Sweden this week to participate in global clean energy discussions with some of the most respected minds in the world.

Sustainability in the built environment: MI-3 fosters global innovation

A vibrant range of international thought leaders are about to descend on Malmö, Sweden.

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Sustainable waste management: 5 tips to promote an eco-friendly office

Following Earth Week 2018, we were inspired to investigate America’s waste management practices in the office.

Sustainable commuting: 5 key strategies to help your employees thrive

To honor Earth Day 2018, we decided to do some research into the average American's journey to the office and brainstorm ideas that visionary leaders can share to encourage employees to commute more sustainably.

Broken buildings and the path to success

In our third and final post of this series, we show you how to navigate broken buildings and the path to success.

Broken buildings and the hierarchy of needs

In this second installation of our three-part series, we examine broken buildings and the hierarchy of needs that operators face when managing them.

Introducing three new smart building platform products

The latest Switch Automation news, including our three new smart building platform products, two awards and refreshed website.

Broken buildings and the power of people

Here we examine broken buildings and the power of people who manage them.

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2017 Chancellors Outstanding Alumnus Award

Deb Noller, 2017 Chancellor’s Award Recipient Deborah Noller is the CEO and co-founder of Switch Automation, a company which utilizes the Internet of Things to collect, process and manage data for portfolios of buildings.

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50 Fastest Growing Tech Companies in Australia Right Now

If you’re anything like us, you love to have a play around with data.

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Verdantix Names Top 20 Smart Innovators in the Market for Facility Optimization Management

Verdantix continuously analyses the surge of technology innovation aimed at helping facility managers unlock additional value within their building portfolios.

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Three Key FM/CRE Decisions for Smart Building Programs

Companies that are on the path to creating a smart building portfolio have lots of valid questions.


Verdantix: 83% of Firms Used Energy Management to Optimize Asset Management In 2016

According to the Verdantix annual survey of 250 energy and facility decision-makers, 17% of firms continue to separate energy and asset management processes, 58% use energy management to inform asset management, while the remaining 25% of firms have fully integrated energy and asset management.

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The 5 Megatrends Shaping Technology in Portfolio Performance

Five key megatrends are shaping the way technology is used to improve the performance of commercial real estate portfolios, according to Switch Automation chief executive Deb Noller.