– Jim Young
– The Smart, Connected, High
Performance, Intelligent Buildings Conference
the first global conference and tradeshow specifically
dedicated to bringing together ALL aspects of the “Intelligent
Building,” including the traditional building automation topics such as
HVAC, lighting and security, as well as the new components such as
digital signage, parking, fire/life safety, access control and others.
how are you and how is Realcomm going?
Thanks for asking Ken, we are doing great and are celebrating our 14th
event this year in Las Vegas. It is amazing how much has happened in
the last 14 years at the intersection of Commercial, Corporate,
Institutional, Government Real Estate and Technology!
What would you say
has been the biggest trend in your marketplace?
That’s a tough question and one that probably deserves a few answers.
1. Technology is changing every aspect of building
operations and touches every department in an organization -- IT, PM,
FM, Operations, Finance, Marketing, Energy and Sustainability. This
convergence requires a lot more communication and collaboration between
these groups, who aren’t always used to talking to one another.
2. The systems are
getting more and more complex and
require a new and more sophisticated set of skills to manage and
3. Although we have
been at this for a long time, we
are only at the beginning of the automation impact on buildings,
especially when it comes to Smart, Intelligent Infrastructure.
I heard Realcomm
started a new conference called IBCON, what is it about?
Yes, after addressing the
Intelligent Building topic inside Realcomm
for the past 10 years we felt the time was right to go wider and
deeper. We’re going from 9 sessions inside Realcomm to over 28 in
IBcon. This gives us a great opportunity to broaden our scope and
invite everyone that touches building operations and wants to learn
about smart buildings.
Our goal is to bring together ALL the
new technologies with ALL the
building stakeholders. Every department that touches traditional
building operations needs to be involved in this transformation. No one
department within an organization will do this alone. All the
groups I mentioned earlier will be involved in some way or another.
This is an opportunity for them to come together to learn.
How has the
response been so far?
It’s been great!
Everyone I have spoken to believes this is a
timely new event. We have assembled more than 60 of the smartest
people from around the world (including you!) to be on our advisory
council and guide us with content creation. These are the people I
believe make up the foundation of the next generation of the open
architected, interoperable, integrated, IP centric smart, connected,
high performance, intelligent building movement.
Can you give me a
couple of highlights of IBCON?
Sure. Here are just
a few of the highlights we are pretty excited about:
• NYC Buildings
Commissioner Robert LiMandri,
representing 975,000 buildings, will be keynoting our general session.
• CBRE, representing
4 billion square feet of
commercial real estate, will be sending 7 top executives representing
all major departments in their organization to also speak in our
• Between Realcomm
and IBcon, which will sit
side-by-side, there will be decision makers representing over 20
billion square feet of commercial buildings and they will be looking
for technology, automation and innovation.
• We will have over
28 sessions dedicated to
Intelligent Buildings, including a pre-conference Boot Camp designed
for someone new to the topic.
• Our Exhibit Floor
will include leading solutions
and technologies for Intelligent Buildings. We’ve also created a
special pavilion area we’ve named “Niagara Way,” which will be anchored
by our platinum sponsor, Tridium, a global leader in intelligent
building automation technology and device-to-enterprise integration
solutions, and several of their integration partners.
Thanks for the opportunity to speak to
your readers. We invite
them to join us at IBcon on June 12-14th in Las Vegas to continue the
discussion on Smart, Connected, High Performance, Intelligent Buildings.
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