– Jim Young and Ken Sinclair
Jim Young, Co-founder Realcomm Conference Group
Young is the co-founder of Realcomm Conference Group which produces
Realcomm, IBcon and CoRE Tech, the world’s leading conferences on
technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings and
energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate
industry. As Realcomm’s leader, he leads the organization and
interacts on a daily basis with some of the biggest companies globally
pertaining to some of the most advanced and progressive next generation
real estate projects under development.
– Where Facilities and IT Converge!
IBcon is not your
traditional BAS conference! It is the largest gathering of authorities
with international case studies on the topic of open architected,
interoperable and integrated IP centric smart, connected, high
performance and intelligent buildings.
Sinclair: What has been going on since last year
at IBcon and Realcomm?
A lot! In many respects I really think we have ‘jumped the chasm’
for this new
generation of Smart, Connected, High Performance, Intelligent
Buildings. Where 2-3 years ago we were simply talking about how great
it would be if all the buildings were smart and there were a few early
adopters leading the charge, it seems that in the last 6-9 months the
dam has broken and many organizations are now connecting their
buildings to the network.
Sinclair: Can you give me an example of some of
the things you are hearing?
We’ve been on the phone a lot in preparation for IBcon and have been
hearing about things like 4,000 IP addresses in every mall -- for
starters!, 500M data points being collected each day from a corporate
campus, 37B data points being collected from a retailer each week, a
casino owner with more than 1M devices on the network, an office
portfolio owner that is adding up to 200 buildings to the network over
the next 12 months and another mall owner that says we better hurry up
with IPv6 because he is going to put every electro/mechanical device on
the network and we need more IP addresses! I have simply never seen
this type of activity before.
What if any issues are you seeing
In my opinion, we are entering the high-velocity chaos phase. This is a
point in time where, for whatever reason, a number of people jump in
and decide this is the time to connect and automate their buildings.
While this is good on the surface, we need to learn from lessons past.
Despite our willingness to move forward at breakneck speed, we need to
slow down enough to make sure that we minimize our mistakes. There are
a lot of people with IT experience and a lot of people with BAS
experience, but a smaller number with both skill sets. Those who are
making the decision to move forward on smart, connected, high
performance, intelligent buildings that are open, interoperable, open
architected and IP centric need to make sure they ask tough questions
of their partners, making sure they have the skill sets to deliver on
this new generation of smart buildings.
Yes, we need to make sure we do not just focus on the energy issues
associated with automated buildings. While energy is a major issue on
everyone’s mind, we cannot leave the other very important benefits out
of the discussion. Operational efficiency, energy efficiency,
sustainability and occupant satisfaction are the major four legs of the
chair with financial optimization being the seat. After all, financial
justification has and will always be the most compelling and
sustainable driver for converting a building from dumb to smart. You
have to consider all of these aspects from the onset; otherwise if you
only consider your energy strategy, you are going to find yourself
rethinking everything a few years from now.
So tell us about IBcon…how is it
Well, I could tell you all the great things about the general session,
program and exhibit floor but I don’t want to create too much noise. I
want to be very specific and somewhat simplistic to try and make these
very important points about IBcon:
- We are no longer talking about IF we can do this; we are talking
- We are going very deep into the conversation for those that are
- We are talking about the five points: operations,
energy, sustainability, occupant satisfaction and ultimately financial
- It’s no longer the same 3-4 case studies; there are so many new
ones it’s hard to choose
- If you are in this space, you need to see
first-hand, the velocity of what’s happening -- you need to be at IBcon
this June in Orlando.
Oh and yes, we
will have a great
general session with some big
surprises, an extraordinary program and world-class exhibitors
displaying the latest innovation in smart, connected, high performance,
Any final thoughts?
Sure. It has been a long journey since 2002 when we first wrote the
article, “Connecting Buildings and Processes to the Network.” It
was here that we talked about an enterprise grade network, connected
electro-mechanical devices, big data and automated business processes.
From there we went to Asia, Europe and the Middle East and saw a
glimpse of what we have been talking about. We then saw a host of early
adopters in the U.S. take the plunge and test out the idea of connected
buildings and today, 11 years later we are finally on the verge of a
REvolution. I really look forward to seeing all your readers at IBcon
in Orlando where we can all participate in the next chapter of this
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