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CYBER-SECURITY DISCUSSION AT CompTIA Conference

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–

Sitting down with a couple of working professionals at the CompTIA Conference in Chicago at the Chicago Hilton to discuss current cyber-security issues gave me some insights on how some are coping with cyber threats and how others better be getting a quick education on security:

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From open servers and Smartphones to digital wallet applications on the Smartphones, a whole new issue of enterprise security is popping up across the vast landscape of users and their access to public and private clouds.

Ron Culler, Chief Technology Officer of Secure Designs and Chris Johnson, Medical IT Consultant, of Untangled Solutions sat down with me to discuss some of their views on cyber-security and the need to start putting together strict policies when it comes to cyber-security for organizations.

Ron Culler pointed out that many people have been pushed into this area of cyber-security who don’t have any real IT skills. They are not comfortable with dealing with some of the security issues, let alone, being some type of “Security Expert”. They need to rely on their cloud vendor or some other third party vendor to set policies for them and create a more secure environment. Many small companies fall into this category.

Chris Johnson added that with the explosive use in Smartphones and tablets, there is no established “trust mark” with any cloud approach. People buy off on the idea “the “cloud” that they are using is secure”, but it may not be. How do they find out if it is? There are no standards yet. There is no true rating system.

Both Chris and Ron pointed out the latest security breach with Jeep and hackers ability to take control of one of the systems controlling the car. This is more common than just in the Jeep because there was an article on the Tesla being hacked into as well. That intrusion of taking control of a car has opened the eyes of many who took security for granted on many products.

These security breaches are raising new concerns as to the robustness of the software being put into vehicles as well as other appliances within an Internet of Things (IoT) environment.

Chris Johnson pointed out that most people compare the features of a dishwasher more than they analyze the features of what is in a cloud network that is going to give them access to new applications. There is a lot of truth to that observation.

People need to be as comfortable in comparing features and network services for their smartphones as they are with comparing everyday appliances and television sets.

Both he and Ron agreed that there needs to be more education on reviewing and analyzing the good and the bad of new applications and smartphone technologies. People need to read up on basic security measures just like they would for their own houses and properties. Electronic “property” is no different.

You need to secure it from outside threats and theft.

LAWS NEED TO BE ESTABLISHED NATIONWIDE, NOT BY STATE

Johnson also pointed out something that needs to be addressed. Privacy laws and other laws applicable to Smartphones are different from state-to-state. In order to have a level playing field and a standardization of privacy issues across-the-board, a national law should be put into place, rather than have 50 different interpretations of the law. To me, that makes a lot of sense.

Johnson talks about the need to have a culture shift when it comes to understanding the new security issues when you use new technology.

Culler pointed out that many things like HVAC systems, point-of-sale systems and others are all “islands of technology”. There is a real need for many companies, especially smaller ones that do not have an dedicated IT staff, to look for third party network and security integrators who can help them establish and maintain a level of security across these different products and services.

Jumping into the Internet of Things requires some thought and some focus on establishing policies and procedures for security for all organizations.

CARLINI-ISM : “You wouldn’t leave your car unlocked on the street. Don’t leave your Smartphone or other devices unlocked for others to steal information.”

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US ARMY Corps of Engineers refers to my Platform for Commerce

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–

In their latest Handbook, “Infrastructure and the Operational Art”, the US ARMY Corps of Engineers refers to my “Platform for Commerce” as a definition of infrastructure and economic growth in the first chapter .

This definition was first developed and submitted in a white paper to the US Department of Homeland Security in 2009.  Later, I presented it at their conference, Workshop on Aging Infrastructure at Columbia University in New York.  It was expanded and refined in my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY (2014) available now on AMAZON. (386 pages discussing next-generation real estate, intelligent infrastructure, technology (Smartphones, WiFi, DAS, and 5G Networks), and their combined impact on regional economic development.)

Recognizes Carlini's Platform for Commerce

Recognizes Carlini’s Platform for Commerce

PLATFORM FOR COMMERCE

A new way to look at the framework of infrastructure and its impact on regional economic development and regional sustainability. Layers of infrastructure have been around for over 5,000 years.  Infrastructure has always been built to expand trade routes and increase economic development by expanding commerce.

Starting with the Egyptians and Phoenicians building docks and ports to facilitate shipping goods to different cities on the Mediterranean to the Roman Empire building roads and bridges to move their Army to conquer distant lands. All of this led to the expansion of trade and new markets.

At the end of the Civil War in the United States (1865), the railroads became a big part of the next “Layer of Infrastructure” to increase trade routes and expand commerce in the United States.

Restricting the development and use of infrastructure can stagnate a whole local economy (As evidenced in St. Louis’ decision to restrict the Railroads after 1865 in favor of the riverboats serving their city only – see chart.)

How a bad infrastructure decision stagnated a city's economy

How a bad infrastructure decision stagnated a city’s economy

The phone was invented in 1876 and electricity came shortly after adding more to the fabric of the infrastructure facilitating more trade and trade expansion.  The airplane invented in 1903 became more commercialized after World War I and created a new layer of infrastructure by establishing new trade routes by air.

Today, trade routes have become electronic with Broadband Connectivity (the Internet) and new approaches to the expansion of global commerce and expanding regional economic development have been initiated.

In 150 to 200 years, we will have Interplanetary Commerce with goods being shipped via “Space Trains”. Imagine ore and other strategic, raw materials being shipped in a large space vehicle or connected “space freight” vehicles from Mars to Earth.  Some materials needed for various nuclear reactors and other applications are more in abundance on Mars.  Again, infrastructure develops new trade routes and new trading partners.

This was the concept and framework behind the Platform for Commerce.

Before we can move forward in developing new technologies and new business applications, we need to get everyone on the same page in defining the framework for infrastructure and realizing a standard “Platform for Commerce”.

CARLINI-ISM : “Leading-edge countries will not maintain their position with trailing-edge infrastructure.”

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DIGITAL WALLETS VS. CREDIT CARDS IN NEXT-GENERATION REAL ESTATE

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–

This article is an excerpt from James Carlini’s upcoming presentation at the Windy City Summit in Chicago next week:

.Digital wallet applications are opening up a whole new retail experience for shoppers as well as the retailers themselves. Plus, the approach is more secure than traditional credit cards.

Credit cards are becoming obsolete as new approaches using Smartphones and their NFC (Near Field Communications) chip technology become part of the mainstream customer transaction experience. With Smartphones, other demographic information can also be collected real-time and used in a cross-marketing effort to capture the lost customer in multi-venue environments (i.e. attendees at a convention center are sent eCoupons or eDiscounts from other surrounding venues like restaurants or bars to have them patronize them after hours rather than going to a venue outside the immediate convention center area).

With the explosive change of edge technology going from desktops and laptops to Smartphones and tablets, new approaches to in-store customer transactions must be designed and implemented in all next-generation real estate.

Next-generation real estate includes: Intelligent Buildings, Intelligent Business Campuses (IBCs), Intelligent Industrial Parks (IIPs), and multi-venue Intelligent Retail/ Entertainment/ Convention centers (IRECs).

New digital wallet (or mobile wallet) capabilities including Apple Pay, MCX (Merchant Customer Exchange) and other mobile applications are being built up right now to support transactions initiated by the retail customer for purchases in all retail establishments.

The old phone company’s “Let your fingers do the walking” ad which focused on using the Yellow Pages has been replaced with, “Let your fingers do the buying” on your Smartphone.

Some people are looking at credit cards becoming a thing of the past as they see the power of their Smartphone taking on the capabilities to do all retail transactions without opening up their wallets or purses.

Most large retailers see the shift as well and are already supporting the MCX platform which will facilitate Smartphone retail transactions.

Banana Republic, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Conoco, CVS, Dillard’s, Exxon-Mobil, GAP, Hobby Lobby, K-Mart, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Rite-Aid, Sears, Shell, 76, Sunoco, Target, Wal-Mart, Wendy’s, and 7-Eleven, are just some of the retail partners already involved in this endeavor which provides a free, downloadable app that includes the facilitation for merchant loyalty points for rewards.

CAPTURING THE LOST CUSTOMER
The concept of creating a Virtual Resort (using WiFi and DAS Networks) will be discussed as well as a pragmatic, cloud-computing framework to develop a new strategic approach to cross-marketing near-by venues and the gathering of real-time customer demographics in a Smartphone-dominated retail customer environment.

From the book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY:
To design one venue, like a stadium or convention center, requires a certain level of expertise to plan and implement a working solution. When you add several different venues (entertainment, restaurants, and retail) together into one complex, the need to understand the interrelationships which are going on and the potentials for cross-selling and cross-marketing as well as the overall changes in network traffic patterns and usage peaks is critical.

What are the benefits to the building owners of building an electronic “Virtual Resort”? This intelligent amenity provides a competitive advantage for the complex in enticing prospective tenants by offering added capabilities to insure their business’s success as well as providing a more enhanced experience to anyone visiting any part of their multi-venue complex. Instead of space being a commodity, these added intelligent amenities makes the location more valuable to both the owner and the tenant because the business tenant now has more electronic marketing (eCOUPONS, ePASSES, eDISCOUNTS) pushing people into his establishment than in a traditional real estate space. For the building owner, having this capability is a distinct competitive advantage which will attract a higher-caliber tenant and create higher occupancy rates.

This is economic development for the 21st century.

By attracting the potential customer to more venues, the revenues generated will be greater not only for the retailers but also for the municipality which will gain sales taxes that would have otherwise gone to some community “down the road.”

It’s a win-win-win situation for local economic development where customers get discounts and special promotions, retailers get more business, building owners have more successful tenants, and the community gets more in sales tax revenues.

A LOOK AT SECURITY DIFFERENCES
There are definite security differences between NFC chips (facilitating the digital wallet application) in Smartphones versus the RFID chips found in many major bank credit cards. (See Chart 1)

NFC vs. RFID CHIP - From LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY - James Carlini

NFC vs. RFID CHIP – From LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY – James Carlini All Rights Reserved.

As Smartphones and Tablets become more ubiquitous, demand for speed (for new apps) will increase and not go down. Some new installation endeavors (like stadiums and ball parks) have already shown they are under-engineered, so current engineering “rules-of-thumb” do not reflect actual demand.

We need to focus on strengthening the resiliency of networks as well as increasing their speeds.

As we move to 5G Networks in the year 2020, they will be providing some very high speeds to the average user (See CHART 2). Having more bandwidth available will accelerate the amount of applications that are feasible for customer service, video, high-definition video, social networking, and so many other Smartphone applications.

FROM LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY - James Carlini.  All RIghts Reserved.

FROM LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY – James Carlini. All RIghts Reserved.

CARLINI-ISM : “Those cities which keep horse-and-buggy taxes and penalties as one of their major revenue streams, will become economic ghost towns.”

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COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: HOW TO MINIMIZE THE COMPETITION

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

What amenity can a building owner or property management firm add to a building to eliminate 90% of their competition in today’s commercial real estate market? The answer: Broadband Connectivity.

This is not hype. This is not conceptual or theoretical. It is fact.

In performing research for a planning project I worked on while consulting to the DuPage Business Center, an 800-acre high-tech business park in Illinois, I found that searching for Class A space (20,000 square feet) in the surrounding area came up with a total of 60 available properties.

With that many properties offering space, it would be an easy time to get them to compete on price until the price per square foot was driven down to a very low amount. With owners hungry for a tenant, we could probably negotiate a year free on a five-year lease.

As soon as I added Broadband Connectivity (multiple gigabit speeds) to the upfront requirements for the tenant space, the amount of buildings available with that amenity dropped to five. That is over a 90% reduction in the amount of buildings available that could handle that type of request.

In that scenario, the building owner would not have to sacrifice dropping the price per square foot and could focus on more unique strengths of the property. End result: The property owner keeps up the profitability of the building and attracts the premium tenants.

20th CENTURY REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS CANNOT SOLVE 21st CENTURY TENANT ISSUES
Hear that huge shattering sound of glass, steel and marble crashing down to the ground? That is the shattering of decades’ worth of commercial real estate concepts that don’t work anymore.

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The sad part is many in the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) market need to tune into this deafening thunder. The status quo has been shattered and shattered again by the implementation of WiFi. DAS and Smartphone networks into many venues. Commercial real estate needs to offer what was before a hoped for, that has become a “must-have”.

As I said in an earlier article: (http://onpurposemagazine.com/2013/02/20/defining-21st-century-real-estate-2/ )
Selling products and services into this 21st century integrated real estate environment requires an expertise in understanding multi-disciplinary skills and next-generation solutions. It is a multi-level sell when trying to promote new intelligent amenities for next-generation buildings, multi-venue entertainment centers, and intelligent business campuses.

Part of my book, Location Location Connectivity, deals with changing out Master Planning concepts. Areas of concern like power and network infrastructure services have become something to be added to the upfront planning of the property and not as some after-thought once the tenant signs the contract.

The reality is the tenant is NOT going to sign any contract unless these amenities are already present and available. When it comes to Master Planning, both power and network services have to be implemented upfront before any tenant will buy into the property.

WHAT IS IMPORTANT?
If you are into property management or ownership of Class A Buildings, do you want to eliminate the vast majority of your competition in today’s commercial real estate market? Start taking a look at implementing intelligent amenities before potential tenants require them and you have to do things in a crisis mode.

CARLINI-ISM: “When it comes to commercial real estate, those stuck with 20th century solutions will not be able to attract and maintain 21st century tenants.”

Carlini’s visionary book, Location Location Connectivity is available at Barnes & Noble. (The ISBN # 9780-9906460-44)
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Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reserved

Copyright 2014 – James Carlini – All rights reserved

LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY: UPCOMING KEYNOTE

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In October, I will be the Keynote Speaker at HetNet Expo in Chicago on October, 15th. The conference will be held at the Chicago Hilton and I expect a good cross-section of professionals will be there.

Why? There is a convergence of Real Estate, Infrastructure, and Technology going on and it is all focused on impacting the regional economic stability and sustainability of every municipality worldwide. To compete in the 21st century marketplace, broadband connectivity and redundant power are key intelligent amenities organizations must have in order to support their mission critical applications. In addition, most people are using Smartphones and Tablets as their new “edge technology.” Broadband connectivity is a “must have” in commercial buildings, and not a “hoped for” by this tech-dependent market segment.

Most commercial buildings do not offer redundant power sources or redundant high-speed network access from two different carriers. Real estate owners and property management companies have to address buildings which cannot compete for 21st century tenants.

Those who are selling WiFi, DAS and integrated Smartphone solutions must realize the market is wide-open for their business solutions.

NEW TERMINOLOGY FOR REAL ESTATE

Next-generation real estate needs to have a whole new set of terminology to describe its new capabilities. One white paper I wrote several years ago while working on an 800-acre high-tech real estate project, discussed the new names for next-generation industrial and office parks. Intelligent Business Campuses (IBCs) are the new names for those multi-building facilities supplying intelligent amenities like redundant power and redundant broadband connectivity to each tenant through intelligent infrastructure. In doing some research while writing the white paper, I found out that in Asia, they refer to these next-generation business campuses as Intelligent Industrial Parks (IIPs)

Other multi-venue platforms include IRECs. An IREC is an Intelligent Retail/ Entertainment/ Convention Center (IREC) complex which focuses on cross-marketing the venues to every visitor who decides to attend or shop at one of the buildings within the coverage of the wireless broadband capabilities that are designed to service the complex.

These concepts will be some of the material I will be discussing in my Keynote Speech. The concepts are covered in detail in my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY which will be available later in October. (The ISBN # is 978-0-9906460-4-4 for this 380-page book.)

The book is a culmination of work and research done in the last several years on various high-tech real estate projects, several white papers including one I wrote for the US Department of Homeland Security on Intelligent Infrastructure: Securing Regional Sustainability and proven procurement, strategic technology management and team dynamic concepts taught throughout my years at Northwestern University in both the undergrad and Executive Masters programs. It also covers experiences from my consulting engagements.

CARLINI-ISM: “Those stuck with 20th century solutions will not be able to compete in 21st century global challenges.”

Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reservedCarlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available in October. (The ISBN # 978-0-9906460-4-4 )

He will be speaking at HetNet Expo.
Details are at http://www.hetnetexpo.com/

Copyright 2014 – James Carlini – All rights reserved

5G NETWORKS: UNDERSTANDING THE FUTURE

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This article is an excerpt from James Carlini’s upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity:

5G Networks

5G Networks will be providing some very high speeds to the average user. This means building out the network to specifications which have to include Continue reading

TERABIT SPEEDS – NEW NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE GOAL

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Since the United States is lagging behind in network infrastructure and broadband connectivity, it is time to raise the bar to terabit speeds when it comes to setting the standard for Continue reading

CONDUCTING GLOBAL BUSINESS ON A WEAK FOUNDATION?

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Your company will fail. Your office space will be a major contributing factor.

More commercial buildings are becoming technologically obsolete because their owners and property management companies do not realize that the three most important words in real estate have become Continue reading

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EQUALS BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY….

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And Broadband Connectivity equals jobs. That was a key point that I have been making in the last couple of years in keynote speeches addressing thousands in audiences across the country at various conferences.

At the AGL (Above Ground Level Magazine) Conference yesterday, I presented this key concept as well as Continue reading

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING NEEDS BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY

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There is a lot of promise from the growing industry of 3D printers and manufacturing products through their use as well as new 3D scanners. This technology is providing a second industrial revolution in the United States as well as globally.

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BUILDING CONNECTIVITY: FIVE WAYS TO TELL IF YOUR BUILDING IS OBSOLETE

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EXCERPT from James Carlini’s upcoming book, Location, Location, Connectivity :

How receptive is your building to all the new connectivity technology exploding onto the market? Have your Smartphone with you? Does it work well in your building? What about your applications running on your enterprise network? Are you getting the speeds you need to compete in the 21st century? Or, are you stuck with 20th century connectivity because no one knows how to upgrade the building’s network infrastructure? Continue reading

FLASH MOBS, FLASH ARRESTS: SMARTPHONE JUSTICE

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By James Carlini

Last weekend, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile experienced teen-age flash mobs (organized looting) creating disturbances and mayhem among people there who were trying to enjoy the downtown shopping district.

This has been going on for several years, but the Chicago media has filtered it out of their stories until Continue reading

SMARTPHONE WARS: SAMSUNG Galaxy 4

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It’s been almost a year since I moved up to a Smartphone.  I did not jump on the first wave of Apple Smartphones because I wanted to see how the market shook out and what competitors would offer.  It is so typical to see technology get refined in a short period of time after the market becomes established.

My final choices at the time were the Apple iPhone i3 and the new-on-the-market “dark horse” at the time, the Continue reading

CLOUD COMPUTING INFRASTRUCTURE: THE COST OF DISRUPTION

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graphic the cloud network shFrom an upcoming white paper: 

Many organizations that are looking at implementing a new network infrastructure for Cloud Computing, a new building being built, or any other network capability, better look closer at their network designs.

Why?  Continue reading

DEFINING 21st CENTURY REAL ESTATE

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Real estate is going through some critical changes in this century.  It has become a more complex product to understand, manage and sell.  It has become more sophisticated than just “selling space”.  It has gone beyond the inclusion of traditional amenities of energy management (HVAC), life safety, security, elevators and Continue reading