The Rudin Family, in collaboration with Crown Castle International, has announced that 345 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan has become one of the first multi-tenant commercial office buildings to deploy a wireless network using the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).
345 Park tenants will be able to create and access their own dedicated, private broadband wireless networks, using a neutral host CBRS network, which has been built in the lobby and concourse levels. Additional areas within the building will be connected later this year. Construction overlapped with a full renovation of the lobby and concourse designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and coincides with the first anniversary of the FCC’s authorization of the CBRS spectrum band for commercial use.
The initiative, which doubles the current wireless capacity, will provide more flexibility for configuring wireless solutions for improved security and visitor features. While tenants, employees and visitors can use this higher capacity private network, it also allows building ownership to accommodate significantly more devices. The system will also support more bandwidth in the lobby for tenants and visitors as they adhere to new social distancing guidelines.
“CBRS is consistent with our company’s focus on shared assets for the benefit of all. This is of great value to building owners, tenants, and wireless network operators,” said Paul Reddick, vice president of Strategy, Business and Product Development for Crown Castle.
345 Park Avenue is WiredScore Platinum and currently uses the Nantum operating system, a smart building platform developed by Rudin’s start-up technology company, Prescriptive Data, to save money, make tenants more comfortable, and dramatically increase energy efficiency. The new multi-tenant CBRS network will seamlessly integrate with Nantum to provide faster real-time updates to both ownership and tenants including floor-by-floor occupancy data, indoor air quality, lobby occupancy and elevator wait times.
KPMG, a 345 Park tenant, recently selected Nantum to be part of a new patent-pending blockchain capability called KPMG Climate Accounting Infrastructure (CAI), which helps organizations more accurately measure greenhouse gas emissions and track offsets. The CBRS network brings increased bandwidth and heightened security to capture data continuously.
“Real estate owners and operators are under immense pressure to assess the impact of different climate risks on their assets, improve tenant experience and report progress toward emissions reduction goals to stakeholders,” said Arun Ghosh, KPMG One Americas Blockchain & Cryptoassets leader. “A CBRS network can provide the fault tolerant, local 5G backbone to enable KPMG Climate Accounting Infrastructure to capture highly granular data, powered by Nantum, to derive the trusted insights needed to measure progress toward net-zero by accounting for decarbonization and the transition to renewable energy.”
The CBRS network at 345 Park was designed with the infrastructure to meet future demands including 5G software-upgradable radios, which will provide faster speeds and elevated user experiences. Additionally, the private network was built as an Open RAN solution that will lead to lower cost and more flexibility.