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Silicon Valley VLAB Event to Explore Smart Buildings

Watch any current science fiction movie and you will find a scene set in a futuristic office building where the villain or the protagonist has some sort of reckoning. You’ll see the requisite glass balustrades, vertigo-inspiring balconies and a menacing artificial intelligence-driven security system that will drive the plotline to an explosive conclusion.

The real future of buildings will not portend a great battle between good and evil, but the results will be just as interesting. In the course of the next decade, commercial office buildings will be advancing and getting smarter, but in ways invisible to tenants, regardless of their ethical or moral tendencies. The insides of the buildings and the building controls will be changing to become more adaptive, more reactive and more efficient, leading to energy and cost savings for owners and tenants alike.

The technology and associated solutions that will be deployed to make our buildings smarter is both incrementally improving and disruptive. Due to the dropping prices on sensors and new financing models, facility managers will have a much better understanding of what is going on in their buildings and how they are being used. New models of end-user engagement will deliver comfort to tenants and offer a more flexible live/work environment. And leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence, the analytical engines behind the building automation systems will be pushing towards optimized and self-driving commercial real estate.

Innovation in commercial buildings is being driven by a myriad of necessities from regulations to corporate needs. The recent Navigant Report “Intelligent Buildings: 10 Trends to Watch in 2016 and Beyond” highlights the way hardware, software and services are changing the continual improvement of the building stock. Local and federal drivers are significant too, especially in places like California and the European Union.

At Silicon Valley’s upcoming VLAB event, another frontier of the smart building evolution will be discussed – how this innovation and deployment is being funded. VLAB is the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a global non-profit organization dedicated to connecting Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurs, industry experts, venture capitalists, private investors and technologists. Through panels and discussions, VLAB aims to enable them to develop and explore high-tech ventures amidst dynamic market risks and challenges. VLAB brings people together to discuss topics that are emerging and disrupting the norm; and while commercial buildings are not cutting-edge per se, the ways data is connecting building owners, operators and tenants is foundationally different from the status quo.

At the VLAB Smart Buildings event, Realcomm CEO Jim Young will moderate a panel with presenters from Lucid, Building Robotics and Draper Nexus, who are top innovators in customer engagement, building optimization and the funders who aid their adoption. Vladi Shunturov co-founder and president of the building energy management company Lucid will discuss how having survived a decade in the market, Lucid is a company that has innovated while pivoting, leading to the creation of a single ‘Building OS’ positioned to integrate the controls and sensors in a single platform. New startup Building Robotics will present which brings smart building technology straight to the end-user with their Comfy app that enables office workers, each and every one of them, to report on their comfort. CEO Andrew Krioukov will discuss how the Comfy system is linked to a machine learning algorithm that then learns the habits of its inhabitants, day-by-day. The panel will also hear from the incumbent building controls companies who are improving their base products, while seeking new ways to engage and improve the ways the building systems work together. Lastly, the panel will hear from Q Motiwala, Managing Director at investment firm Draper Nexus on the reasons the company thinks this market is worth their attention; and what Draper Nexus is looking to accomplish with a $150M fund dedicated to smart building related technologies.

We know that the innovations and technological advances being planned are going to change building operations for the better. These changes will lead to cost savings and improved facility management. Better occupant experiences are also sure to come, as long as the maniacal (sci-fi) tyrant will stop building that omniscient machine on the 103rd floor that will destroy the city!

Noah Goldstein, Research Director, Navigant Research
Noah Goldstein, PhD, LEED AP, is research director within Navigant Research's Custom Research group, with a focus on cleantech and building technologies innovation in the market. He focuses on strategic engagement in topics of energy efficiency, building energy management, and applied sustainability. As the director of building research, Noah led research on Zero Energy Buildings, Energy Management Systems in Commercial Buildings, and corporate strategy. Previously, he was a scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he led research on energy systems informatics and energy efficiency as well as led sustainability compliance for the DOE site.

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Future-proofing BUILDING COMMUNICATIONS – 5G, WIFI, CBRS, Bluetooth, In-building Wireless and More - 5/23/2019

In an ever-increasing wireless world, building owners and operators can no longer ignore the needs of a mobile society. Every day, more applications are added to our phones which include video, immersive media, wayfinding, hailing a ride, ordering food, accessing a building and more. So much of what we do relies on good wireless connectivity, and buildings must deliver the same service as the outdoor world. Over the next few years, 5G and other technologies are going to radically improve wireless connectivity and ultimately impact the communications strategy for buildings. In order to provide tenants with a 21st century experience, buildings must keep pace with this trend. This webinar will cover a wireless strategy that includes both experiential and operational issues.

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