PRE-CON: Smart Building Integrator Summit (SBIS)
To begin automating a building, all roads lead to a systems integrator. In most cases, the integrator is the organization that will align industry solutions with the goals and objectives of the client. The single building, single vendor solution can no longer meet the needs of the market. In a world where IT is quickly encroaching on traditional building automation, yesterday's strategies no longer work.
Today, we are managing three different generations of smart building technologies: 1) Past (closed, proprietary, single system); 2) Current (open and attempting to retrieve data and functionality of the older, more closed systems); and 3) Future (IP-enabled, intuitive GUIs, analytics, edge devices pumping data directly to the cloud). But all these new developments require more involvement with IT technologies.
The Smart Building Integrator Summit (SBIS) will address all the issues impacting today's smart building integrator, including 1) defining the next generation Master Systems Integrator; 2) interfacing with IT departments; 3) the impact of the IoT; 4) providing integrated, interoperable solutions; 5) the technical skills gap; 6) aligning with business objectives, and more.
This half-day Summit and workshop will be open to system integrators and consultants from Building Automation, HVAC, IT, AV, Multimedia, Digital Signage, Lighting, Security and Industrial Controls who are ready to go to the next level in intelligent building design and delivery.
If you're a traditional integrator looking to expand your service offerings to meet the future needs of today's open architected, interoperable, integrated, IT centric intelligent buildings, portfolios, campuses and cities, you won't want to miss this dynamic Summit.
SBIS is a by-invitation event for the integrator community.
INCLUDED SESSIONS ARE:
A New Addition to the Smart Building Strategy – OCCUPANT EXPERIENCE Now a High Priority
Historically, the smart building industry has focused on ‘back of the house’ automation where building engineers were mainly concerned with maintaining set points for the mechanicals. For the past decade, the emphasis has been on energy savings. It then morphed to operational efficiency, and today consists of all of the above, plus a focus on delivery of the enhanced ‘occupant experience’. Experience amenities may include digital signage, wayfinding, location services, reservations systems, building access, parking, and a host of environmental variables including individual comfort controls. For the traditional integrator, this is new territory; however, for the modern smart building, delivering an enhanced occupant experience is quickly becoming a requirement. This essential segment will explore various aspects of the occupant experience.
An Integrator's Perspective on BUILDING NETWORKS – Converged, Separate, Other?
It's recently become a more common practice to install a building IP network for operations and client services. Sometimes the network strategy begins with one specific application or system and then evolves, in other cases it is designed from the beginning to be a comprehensive connectivity platform for all building and IoT systems. Either way, integrators are finding themselves involved in the design and deployment of building networks. As the concept evolves, questions and issues are becoming more complex. Converged or separate? How many separate networks are feasible? What about integration and interoperability, as well as cybersecurity? This vital segment will focus on all the fundamental issues surrounding building networks.
Building CYBERSECURITY – What is the System Integrator's Role in This Growing Threat?
Cybersecurity is, by far, one of the most important issues impacting the smart building industry today. While the cyber breaches pertaining to buildings are not making headlines daily, it's a given that vulnerability is high and it's only a matter of time before building infrastructure is more frequently targeted using more sophisticated methods. In the event a building is breached, who is responsible? Is it the owner, property manager, manufacturer or the system integrator? Increasingly, more liability is being pushed onto the integrators. After all, the integrator selects the systems, installs them and makes sure the building is operating to specification. This puts a great deal of responsibility on integrators to make sure the building systems are secure. This forum will debate the integrator’s role and responsibilities in delivering cyber secure smart buildings.
Dealing with a Changing Industry – Defining the MASTER SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR
System Integrators (SIs) are experiencing massive industry transition, evolving from specifically focused building automation and controls to a more comprehensive and strategic Master Systems Integrator (MSI) approach which requires an IT skillset—something many traditional SIs are lacking. Technology is advancing rapidly and new concepts such as building networks, the IoT, the cloud, integrated platforms and occupant experiences are all becoming integral components of a smart building. Because our industry moves slowly, we must clearly define exactly what a Master Systems Integrator is, to help the traditional building automation company evolve. This conversation could be one of the most important to the future of the industry and will be directed by our leading system integrators.
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION and the Master Systems Integrator – What Does This All Mean?
Not too long ago the System Integrator (SI) installed building systems and controls. In many cases these were separate systems not physically or logically connected. Fast forward and the industry has, and continues to undergo major transformation. Systems now need to be integrated and interoperable, building networks need to be installed, cyber is a priority and now, the “occupant experience” is what everyone is asking for. Add to this the fact that office, retail, industrial and mixed-use buildings are being reengineered and their purpose redefined and the journey forward becomes even more blurry. This session will focus on all the strategic changes now impacting the Master Systems Integrators world and how to embrace these changes to not only survive in this time of transformation, but thrive.
The Smart Buildings SKILLS SHORTAGE – Finding, Training and Maintaining a Capable Team
Our industry is now waking up to the uncomfortable fact that there is a growing shortage of individuals who possess the skills and/or desire to effectively design, implement and support the next generation of smart buildings. Due to a lack of emphasis being placed on applied technology pursuits as a career path, there simply are not enough people with the skills to integrate smart buildings. The next generation integrator must possess an overarching knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems coupled with a command of system configuration, software architecture, network design, application programming and system commissioning. While some organizations have had success with unique and creative hiring and training strategies, for the most part, they are not enough; we need a comprehensive and scalable industrywide initiative to solve this problem. This critical segment will bring together top system integrators to discuss and debate this critical industry challenge.