• Separate OT networks
    Separate OT networks: The future of smart buildings
    April 3, 2017
    Separate OT networks: The future of smart buildings With the proliferation of smart devices in buildings around the world, cybersecurity is the concern of the day. There are many potent examples of smart buildings’ triumphs and follies: Target and Home Depot shocked the world with breaches a few years ago; universities, hotels, and others have followed suit. Growth in IoT can only mean increased security risks — right? The problem isn’t always with smart devices themselves. While there are factory default...
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  • Finding Duplicate BBMDs in your BACnet Network with Optigo Networks
    Duplicate BBMDs: How to identify, troubleshoot, and resolve them
    March 24, 2017
    Duplicate BBMDs: How to identify, troubleshoot, and resolve them For our first mini-webinar series, we dove into the topic of duplicate BBMDs. Find out what a duplicate BBMD is, how it can wreak havoc in your BACnet system, and what you can do today to resolve the problem. A BBMD, or BACnet broadcast management device, sends a unicast message from one BACnet or IP device on a subnet to other subnets. Once the message gets to the destined subnet, the...
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  • Maintaining BACnet Networks at Princeton University
    Maintaining BACnet on University Campuses
    March 22, 2017
    Maintaining BACnet on University Campuses The team at Optigo is excited to announce we are co-hosting an event at Princeton University on April 5, all about maintaining BACnet systems on university campuses. This one-day conference will give attendees the tools to manage their building automation systems, provide insight into IP Networking for BACnet, and cover challenges and successes at other universities. Universities are massive properties, with many devices and shifting priorities all demanding attention. The stakes are high to...
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  • Optigo Update
    Optigo Networks and Controlco advance separate OT networks, launch primary distributor partnership
    March 20, 2017
    Optigo Networks and Controlco advance separate OT networks, launch primary distributor partnership Optigo Networks is excited to announce a primary distributor partnership with California-based Controlco for the Optigo Connect product line. This partnership expands Optigo Connect’s availability throughout North America, and advances Optigo and Controlco’s shared vision of separate OT networks. Operational technology (OT) includes HVAC, lighting, security, elevators, and the like. For years, these OT devices have been managed by IT departments in a converged network. At one time,...
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  • Meet Monica McMahen on International Women's Day
    Optigo Networks supports women in tech: Meet Monica McMahen
    March 8, 2017
    Optigo Networks supports women in tech: Meet Monica McMahen Many of our customers know Optigo Networks’ marketing manager, Monica McMahen, from her phone calls, emails, and friendly face at conferences. What you might not know about is the tireless effort, passion, and ambition she puts into every single project at Optigo. For this International Women’s Day on March 8, we want to recognize one of our leading women in tech. Monica McMahen is in an industry dominated by men, and...
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  • AHR Expo
    Optigo Networks launches new features at AHR Expo 2017
    February 9, 2017
    Optigo Networks launches new features at AHR Expo 2017 Optigo Networks had the pleasure of travelling to Las Vegas, Nevada last week, for the world’s largest heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning conference: AHR Expo. At the Expo, we launched our new product integration with Contemporary Controls, showcased Optigo Connect’s latest features, presented on measuring the health of BACnet systems with Visual BACnet, and welcomed our newest team member, Ryan Hughson previously of Delta Controls. Our innovative new collaboration with Contemporary Controls...
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  • Optigo Update
    Bridging the MS/TP Gap
    February 6, 2017
    Bridging the MS/TP Gap Getting visibility into all levels of your BAS system including your MS/TP networks is crucial for proper troubleshooting of BACnet systems  By Dan Ronald, VP Product Development and Monica McMahen, Marketing Manager We’ve all been there. Your network is acting up -- devices aren’t responding, or lights are turning on at the wrong time -- and you have no idea why. If you’re lucky, you are a Wireshark pro with a remote login to the network and can...
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  • Optigo Update
    Meet Ryan Hughson: New Optigo Networks Manager of Building Solutions
    January 31, 2017
    Meet Ryan Hughson: New Optigo Networks Manager of Building Solutions Optigo Networks is thrilled to announce our recent hire of Ryan Hughson, a veteran of the building automation industry and long-time champion of Optigo Networks, as Manager of Building Solutions. Ryan joins Optigo Networks with 15 years of experience in building automation, having left his position as product manager for Delta Controls. At Delta Controls, Ryan defined and guided product direction and researched products and ideas for strategic fit within the...
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  • Reduce troubleshooting time with Optigo Networks at AHR Expo
    January 23, 2017
    Reduce troubleshooting time with Optigo Networks at AHR Expo Optigo Networks is off to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the upcoming AHR Expo, January 30 - February 1. AHR is the world’s largest Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) marketplace, and over 60,000 industry professionals are expected to attend. Visual BACnet will be on display, featuring our innovative new collaboration with Contemporary Controls. This one-of-a-kind integration merges Contemporary Controls’ top-selling BASrouterLX with Optigo Networks’ powerful Visual BACnet. Integrators and building operators can...
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  • Revolutionizing site monitoring with Contemporary Controls and Optigo Networks
    January 19, 2017
    Revolutionizing site monitoring with Contemporary Controls and Optigo Networks When your MS/TP network breaks down and you have to capture data for diagnosis, you’d better hope you’re in the building. Otherwise, it means driving to site for the lengthy process of locating the router in question, using your USB dongle to capture the network data you need, and then sorting through the packets in Wireshark to untangle the issue. This seems more than a little inefficient -- it’s downright time-consuming...
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    IoT in Canada: Optigo Networks featured in Public Policy Forum report
    January 12, 2017
    IoT in Canada: Optigo Networks featured in Public Policy Forum report Image via Public Policy Forum report. There is massive potential for growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart building technology: McKinsey put IoT near the top of its list of disruptive tech with big economic impact, and a TELUS/IDC report projects spending on IoT to reach $21 billion in Canada by 2018. While Canadian companies are at the forefront of IoT innovation, the Public Policy Forum suggests the...
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  • BACnet PlugFest table pairings allow vendors to ensure device interoperability
    Testing Visual BACnet at BACnet Plugfest 2016
    October 26, 2016
    Testing Visual BACnet at BACnet Plugfest 2016   BACnet PlugFest table pairings allow vendors to ensure device interoperability At the end of September, Optigo’s VP Product Management, Dan Ronald, and Software Engineer, Daniel Tan, took Visual BACnet to BACnet PlugFest at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. They spent 3 days working with engineers, developers and experts from major BACnet device manufacturers to test their products and ensure interoperability.   “BACnet PlugFest was an amazing experience! We weren't sure what to...
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  • Cybersecurity of Building Automation Systems
    October 1, 2016
    Cybersecurity of Building Automation Systems Report on a Private Round Table Discussion On August 31, 2016, Optigo Networks hosted an online round table to provide for a peer exchange on trends in cybersecurity of Building Automation Systems (BAS). Participants included building operations security officials from a major North American government agency, bank, university, and municipality, as well as two volunteers with BACnet International. “Cybersecurity is a hot topic in the building automation systems industry right now,” said Optigo Networks CEO Pook-Ping Yao,...
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  • Recap of "I Can Hack into Your Building. Stop Me." Webinar
    September 22, 2016
    Recap of "I Can Hack into Your Building. Stop Me." Webinar   Thank you to all who attended the "I Can Hack Into Your Building. Stop Me." webinar. We had a great turnout with some very interesting questions and comments. During the webinar we learned exactly how easy it is to hack into the thousands of unprotected buildings around the world. We then discussed the 4 ways that we can protect ourselves, as follows. 1. Know what you have Asset management. It's important to...
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  • 2016 SDN Throwdown with Telus & Juniper Networks: Optigo's VP Product Dan Ronald was a Guest Judge
    August 5, 2016
    2016 SDN Throwdown with Telus & Juniper Networks: Optigo's VP Product Dan Ronald was a Guest Judge Vancouver, B.C. (August 5, 2016) - The SDN/Network Automation Competition was held last week, on July 26 at the Telus Garden in Vancouver. This unique educational program was offered by Telus and Juniper Networks with the aim of arming students with the skills they need and supplementing the knowledge that they acquire from the classroom. Dan Ronald, our VP Product Management, was given the...
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  • Webinar: Dedicated Operational Technology Networks: worth it or not?
    [Webinar] Dedicated Operational Technology Network: Worth it or not?
    July 20, 2016
    Dedicated OT Networks: Worth it or not? The wide adoption of IP and Ethernet technology has enabled network consolidation on an unprecedented scale, making it possible to put every device from lighting to printers on the same network.  This allows for cost savings, but how much is too much?  What penalties and risks accompany the savings of Information Technology and Operational Technology network consolidation?  What can be done to mitigate them? Join us for a webinar in which Erik Haberger, Director of Sales...
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  • A sampling of things to come during IBcon Smart Building Integrator Summit 2016
    June 20, 2016
    A sampling of things to come during IBcon Smart Building Integrator Summit 2016 Vancouver, B.C. (June 20, 2016) - Mark your calendar as tomorrow, June 21, kicks off a pre-conference session during the Smart Building Integrator Summit in Silicon Valley in San Jose, CA. It promises to be a fast-paced segment that will provide a glimpse of the new technologies, ideas and concepts impacting facilities. This session will explore the new technologies (such as Drones, robots, IIoT, etc.) that are...
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  • Ready for Realcomm 2016
    June 17, 2016
    Ready for Realcomm 2016 Vancouver, B.C. (June 17, 2016) - Next week, from June 21-24, thousands of real estate professionals, visionary companies and entrepreneurs will gather in Silicon Valley to discuss and discover innovation in the real estate industry. Optigo Networks will be there, working with Controlco to show how Optigo Connect™ is capable of connecting thousands of smart devices across a property with a fraction of the infrastructure of traditional hardware.   Optigo Connect is an innovative family of networking hardware...
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  • Optigo Networks launches Beta Program for latest product Visual BACnet
    June 10, 2016
    Optigo Networks launches Beta Program for latest product Visual BACnet Vancouver, B.C. (June 10, 2016) - Early this week Optigo Networks launched the Beta Program for its latest innovative product, Visual BACnet. This advanced visualization tool helps monitor and measure the overall health of a Building Automation System (BAS) and identify problems. Dashboard summary screen-shot capture of Visual BACnet. “This is a really exciting time for Optigo, as our team embarks on a new adventure into a very different but complementary product...
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  • Optigo Networks opens a window on the Internet of Things
    May 10, 2016
    Optigo opens a window on the Internet of Things Optigo Networks' Director and Strategic Partnership Advisor, Danny Kam, joined by CEO, Pook-Ping Yao, showcasing new tools that provide at-a-glance information about the network health for commercial building automation systems. | Photo credit: Nick Procaylo Danny Kam, Director and Strategic Partnership Advisor for Optigo Networks, discusses new products and the future of Optigo with the Vancouver Sun. With the recent launch of Optigo Insight and Visual BACnet, Optigo is expanding from networking hardware to software that monitors and optimizes...
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  • Optigo Networks enters ‘Scale Up’ phase in new downtown office
    April 28, 2016
    Optigo Networks enters ‘Scale Up’ phase in new downtown office Vancouver, B.C. (April 28, 2016) - Optigo Networks marks its first week in brand new office space. Moving from its previous office on Great Northern Way into downtown Vancouver puts the Optigo team in a great position for growth. In addition to more elbow room, the new space in Harbour Centre is equipped with a dedicated hardware testing lab and state-of-the-art meeting rooms. Co-founder Byron Thom presents company update in...
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  • Optigo Networks heads to ISC West 2016 to unveil Optigo Insight™
    March 30, 2016
    Optigo Networks heads to ISC West 2016 to unveil Optigo Insight™ Optigo Networks™ is excited to unveil it’s latest innovative product, Optigo Insight™, an advanced network visualization and management tool for IP surveillance systems. Optigo Insight™ provides real-time alerts and visibility into the health and operation of the network. It allows building operators and integrators to quickly check the status of their network health, with advanced built-in capabilities to manage the network and troubleshoot issues from a single application. Always know what's...
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  • Optigo Networks soars onto the ‘Emerging Rockets List’ for the 3rd year in a row
    March 2, 2016
    Optigo Networks soars onto the ‘Emerging Rockets List’ for the 3rd year in a row Vancouver, B.C. (March 2, 2016) - Optigo Networks is excited to announce that it has been listed to the 2016  Emerging Rockets List for the third year in a row. The 14th annual Ready to Rocket lists includes BC-based companies on the trajectory to experience significant growth, venture capital investment or acquisition by a major player in the coming year. “We are excited to once...
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  • IoT security breaches are a ‘building’ concern for industries
    February 16, 2016
    IoT security breaches are a ‘building’ concern for industries Optigo Networks CEO, Pook-Ping Yao (centre), at the Simon Fraser University downtown incubator with his executives Byron Thom (general counsel) and Dan Ronald (VP product management) | Photo credit: Rob Kruyt   Optigo Networks CEO, Pook-Ping Yao, talks cybersecurity for smart buildings with Business In Vancouver Magazine. Ping shares his thoughts on how the growing Internet of Things (IoT) in commercial buildings is an often overlooked cybersecurity concern that businesses in the commercial and industrial...
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  • Webinar: Smart Building Cybersecurity
    November 14, 2015
    Join Optigo Networks CEO Pook-Ping Yao for a webinar on cybersecurity issues related to smart buildings. Ping will join a distinguished panel of experts to discuss best practices for IoT security. Description of the webinar: Just like the Target intrusion, there is little doubt that BAS, BMS, EMS and BOS platforms could provide relatively easy access to other building systems as well as business networks. Some experts suggest that more than 55,000 buildings are exposed and that could only be the tip of...
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  • Vancouver Tech Powerhouse joins Optigo Networks Team
    November 2, 2015
    Vancouver Tech Powerhouse joins Optigo Networks Team Vancouver, B.C. (November 2, 2015) – Renowned engineering executive Danny Kam, widely recognized for his ability to accelerate company growth, has joined Optigo Networks as a Strategic Partnership Advisor. Initially, Kam will focus on cultivating corporate partnerships, strengthening Optigo’s position as a leader in the secure networking space for smart buildings. “Having Danny on our team is a game changer for us,” said Optigo Networks CEO Pook-Ping Yao. “Danny is known for taking...
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  • CTO TALKS
    October 20, 2015
    CTO Talks   Seattle, WA - CTO Talks brings together the west coast's top CTO's and senior technology executives to a thought leadership summit. The goal of this conference is to go beyond the typical technology conference. It seeks to understand the fundamental technology decisions a company needs to make, the big philosophies behind hiring an amazing tech team, and how to balance a CTO's focus on technology with overall business goals. This afternoon, our very own CEO, Pook-Ping Yao, participates in...
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  • CEO Pook-Ping Yao recognized as a Top Forty Under 40 by Business in Vancouver
    October 6, 2015
    CEO Pook-Ping Yao recognized as a Top Forty Under 40 by Business in Vancouver Vancouver, BC - Optigo Networks is excited to announce that CEO Pook-Ping Yao has been recognized as one of 2015’s top entrepreneurs, executives and professionals by Business in Vancouver. As one of BIV’s Top Forty under 40 Award recipients, Ping has been selected for his excellence in both business and community involvement. In addition to leading Optigo Networks, Ping is deeply involved in his community and...
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  • Optigo Networks and Controlco Begin Distribution and Integration Partnership
    July 13, 2015
    Optigo Networks and Controlco Begin Distribution and Integration Partnership Two industry-leading companies join forces to spearhead Internet of Things transition for commercial buildings   Vancouver, BC June 13, 2015 – Officially underway on their first joint project, Optigo Networks and Controlco are announcing a new distribution and integration partnership. After successfully winning the bid to create an IoT and analytics platform for an innovative 33-story commercial building in Mexico City, the building services company Controlco brought in Optigo Networks to create a...
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  • Optigo Networks named BC’s Most Promising Startup by the BCTIA
    June 9, 2015
    Optigo Networks named BC’s Most Promising Startup by the BCTIA Vancouver (June 9, 2015) | Optigo Networks was recognized as one of the best and brightest emerging companies in BC’s tech industry, as it took home the Most Promising Startup Award at the 22nd annual BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) last week. Optigo was honoured alongside Sierra Wireless (Company of the Year) and BuildDirect’s Jeff Booth, (Person of the Year). Optigo CEO Pook-Ping Yao collected the coveted...
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  • Optigo Networks in the running for Most Promising Startup
    May 5, 2015
    Optigo Networks in the running for Most Promising Startup Vancouver (May 5, 2015) | Optigo Networks is delighted to announce it has been named as a finalist for a 2015 Technology Impact Award in the “Most Promising Startup” category. The Technology Impact Awards (or TIAs) honour excellence across BC’s technology industry by recognizing the technology, companies and people who are putting our sector on the map. The “Most Promising Startup” category acknowledges an early-stage technology company that is generating revenue, and...
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  • Optigo Networks wins New Product Showcase award at ISC West
    April 23, 2015
    Optigo Networks is excited to announce that we took home a New Product Showcase award last week at ISC West. At ISC, Optigo debuted Optigo Integrity - our network analytics engine to secure the smart building network. We think that it is the missing piece for securing all your Internet of Things devices in the commercial building space. The judges agreed! Read our press release for more...
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  • Realcomm Edge Article
    April 21, 2015
    Optigo Network's CEO Pook-Ping Yao And General Counsel Byron Thom, describe the security vulnerabilities of intelligent buildings in the latest edition of RealcommEDGE Magazine. This is a trade publication connected to Realcomm and IBcon, the leading conferences in North America on technology in the Real Estate and Intelligent Building industries. Included in the article are practical steps to secure the smart buildings from common types of attacks and security holes. Don’t let your company be the next Target hack,...
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  • The case for dedicated smart building networks
    March 31, 2015
    CEO Pook-Ping Yao describes the security challenges of converging building automation technologies onto a corporate IT network. He goes on to make the case that creating a dedicated network for building technologies is a simple and effective way to ensure that corporate information is not available through the network controlling HVAC controller or smart light fixture. While no amount of security will guarantee protection, there are simple steps that a smart building developer should take. It starts with segregated or...
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  • Optigo Networks named to 2015 Emerging Rocket List
    February 27, 2015
    Optigo Networks named to 2015 Emerging Rocket List Vancouver, B.C.  (February 27, 2015) – For the 2nd year in a row, Optigo Networks has been named to the 2015 “Ready to Rocket” list in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. The 13th annual Ready to Rocket lists includes BC-based companies on the trajectory to experience significant growth, venture capital investment or acquisition by a major player in the coming year. “Optigo is delighted to be recognized for the second time...
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  • Magnum Energy Solutions and Optigo Networks Announce Partnership to Create Smarter Buildings
    January 19, 2015
    Magnum Energy Solutions and Optigo Networks Announce Partnership to Create Smarter Buildings Strategic partnership creates industry’s first end to end sensor system for smart buildings Hudson, OH, January 2015 – Magnum Energy Solutions, a manufacturer of wireless, self-powered energy management solutions and Optigo Networks the leader in building network solutions for smart buildings announced today a partnership to deliver more comprehensive end to end solutions to customers. The partnership combines Magnum's innovative energy management solutions with Optigo's flexible and versatile building...
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  • Optigo Networks finishes in top 3 at Vancouver Start-Up Week’s Featured Pitch Event, Cascadia Summit
    November 26, 2014
    Optigo Networks finishes in top 3 at Vancouver Start-Up Week’s Featured Pitch Event, Cascadia Summit See Optigo written up in the Vancouver Sun Optigo Networks is pleased to announce that they finished in the top 3 at Cascadia Summit - the Official Closing Event for Vancouver Start-up Week. Over 100 companies across western Canada and the United States applied and only 16 were selected to give a 3 minute pitch to a selection panel, made up of investors from both Canada...
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  • Optigo Networks to exhibit at RealComm 2014 at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
    May 26, 2014
    Optigo Networks to exhibit at RealComm 2014 at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Optigo Networks is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting its connectivity solution for smart buildings at RealComm/IBcon 2014 at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Check us out at booth #405. Optigo Networks is enabling the next generation of smart buildings by providing a fully integrated M2M connectivity solution that removes IT complexity while improving tenant comfort and maximizing building efficiency.
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  • An innovator in smart buildings - Forest City Enterprises utilizes Optigo Networks for connectivity
    May 9, 2014
    An innovator in smart buildings - Forest City Enterprises utilizes Optigo Networks for connectivity Optigo Networks is a vendor of choice for Forest City Enterprises of Cleveland Ohio. Using Optigo's connectivity solution, Forest City has recognized the cost and resource savings of Optigo's technology over conventional network solutions. As discussed in a recent article on the Realcomm website: Over the years seen more and more large commercial and corporate real estate organizations move at a faster pace of change....
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  • Optigo Networks signs Titan Products Group as its Manufacturer Sales Reps in Canada
    April 3, 2014
    Optigo Networks signs Titan Products Group as its Manufacturer Sales Reps in Canada Optigo Networks is pleased to announce it has signed Titan Products Group as its Canadian Manufacturer Sales Rep. Led by respected veterans Carl Jorgensen and Jason Morris, TPG represents the leaders in access control and security product manufacturers across Canada. Canadian customers can contact Titan Products Group directly to learn more about the benefits in implementing an Optigo network. Learn more on the Titan Products Group website.
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  • Optigo presents ONS Managed Networking System at ConnectFX
    November 28, 2013
    Optigo Networks, on November 28th, 2013 presented a demonstration of  its long-reach, easy to use, fully integrated networking solutions for large properties in front of an audience consisting of a hundred British Columbia business leaders during the ConnectFX conference: A showcase of technology and companies based in the British Columbia. This annual event was organized by the The British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA).
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  • Made-in-BC technology sets new standards for smart buildings in North America.
    October 30, 2013
    Made-in-BC technology sets new standards for smart buildings in North America. A unique IP connectivity solution for smart buildings developed by Optigo Networks has achieved over 52 percent cost-savings in its first international project in Denver, Colorado. The Vancouver start-up is providing an innovative optical networking solution that connects the surveillance and security systems at the Aster Conservatory Green in Denver, a large residential development built by Forest City Enterprises. With over 352 residences across 24 low-rise buildings, Optigo Networks designed...
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  • Optigo Networks unveils optical connectivity solutions designed for smart buildings at IBcon 2013
    June 12, 2013
    Optigo Networks unveils optical connectivity solutions designed for smart buildings at IBcon 2013 Simplify your network - extend its reach - save space and resources. That sums up the newest family of IP connectivity solutions for smart buildings that will be launched today by Optigo Networks at Realcomm/IBcon 2013 in Orlando, Florida. Optigo Networks’ solutions are custom designed to enable perators of properties covering large physical areas to reduce the costs and complexity associated with connecting next generation intelligent...
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