– Ron Zimmer and Ken
CABA to launch white paper initiative
CABA’s white paper series will be designed to provide its membership
with actionable market research and technical analysis.
Sinclair: What is CABA?
Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is an international
not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of
intelligent home and intelligent building technologies.
is supported by an international membership of over 300 companies
involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of
products relating to home automation and building automation. Public
organizations, including utilities and government are also members.
includes providing its members with networking and market research
opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry
standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives.
Sinclair: What is the history of the organization?
Zimmer: Our organization was originally founded in 1988 and has rapidly expanded from a continental to global trade association.
In 2006, CABA
integrated the Internet Home Alliance, an association of technology
companies committed to research and development within the intelligent
home sector. The working group became CABA's Connected Home
In 2010, CABA's
collaborative research scope evolved and expanded into the CABA
Research Program, which is directed by the CABA Board of
Directors. The CABA Research Program's scope includes market
research for both large building technologies and home systems.
Sinclair: What type of research has CABA undertaken recently?
undertakes a wide number of research initiatives, which includes its
Research Program, that offers a range of opt-in technical and advisory
research designed to provide industry stakeholders with collaborative
market research and R&D opportunities. Currently, research
projects include “Intelligent Buildings and the Bid
Specifications Process” and the “Impact of Smart Grid and the Connected
Home”. Recently completed CABA Research Program studies include
the “State of the Connected Home Market” and “Smart Grid Impact on
Intelligent Buildings”. CABA also undertakes boutique market
research like its completed “Aging in the Connected Home”
Sinclair: What is CABA’s latest research initiative?
Continental Automated Buildings Association will begin publishing its
own white paper series focused on both connected homes and intelligent
White papers are
authoritative reports and studies that educate and support
professionals in their decision-making. CABA’s white paper series
will be designed to provide its membership with actionable market
research and technical analysis.
The white papers
will provide strong ROI analysis to quantify the benefits of
implementing fully converged technology through home and building
automation, security and IT infrastructure. The white papers will
also focus on providing full examinations of commercial energy
management using cloud technology and the impact of wireless technology
on HVAC, security, life safety and lighting equipment within the home
and building automation field.
In order to
facilitate publication of the white paper series, CABA’s Connected Home
Council and the CABA Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council
will both establish committees to oversee and guide white paper
development and production.
CABA will work
with a number of research consultancies to develop the white
papers. This will provide CABA’s research partners the
opportunity to generate qualitative leads for further research and
showcase their expertise in the intelligent home and building
market. These white papers will be made avaialble to the industry
through the CABA Research Library, the largest collection of "connected
homes and intelligent buildings" research in the world.
Sinclair: How can people in the industry get involved in this new initiative?
would encourage anyone that has interest in developing the white papers
or serving as Subject Matter Experts, working with the development team
to contact John Hall, CABA Research Director, at Hall@CABA.org. More information on this project is outlined on the CABA web site at www.caba.org/caba-white-papers.
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