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Realcomm Conference Group
@ the Intersection of Commercial and Corporate Real Estate,
Technology, Automation and Innovation
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Program Details

Program at-a-glance

IBcon's education program will feature domain experts from around the globe presenting case studies and speaking on the topics of building automation systems and controls, building system integration and the implications for organizational alignment, skills development and change management necessary to facilitate the intelligent integration of key business processes into the high performance building ecosystem.

Program content, dates and times subject to change without notice.

Realcomm: Breakout Sessions

INCLUDED SESSIONS ARE:

View from The Top: Industry Tech Giants Speak on State-of-the-Industry
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
For almost two years, the world has been sent into a tailspin because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of lives lost, businesses shuttered, economies battered and life as we know it disrupted in ways never imagined. The built environment has been front and center of this storm. With life postponed, buildings all over the world have been in some cases left totally empty. The industry’s leading solution providers have been at ground zero, talking to clients, assessing the impact and reacting with new ideas to try and navigate these difficult times. Senior executives from Yardi, MRI, Altus and VTS will come together and share their experiences, insights and prognostications on how the buildings will emerge from this historic pandemic.

Times of Crisis Spark Innovation: IT Lessons Learned from the Pandemic
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Digital transformation can mean many things to many people and this holds especially true for real estate organizations. With that being said, the Pandemic acted like an accelerant and forced people to consider work style adjustments which would have naturally taken years. Work from home, distributed work forces, hybrid environments, remote building operations, expansion of cyber polices to include non-traditional environments, realization of inefficient energy consumption and waste and true realization of already low space utilization rates exasperated by the Pandemic were just some of the lessons learned. This session will bring together leaders that took advantage of the Pandemic and moved forward at lightening speed.

Enterprise Architecture: Creating the Digital Infrastructure for Organizational Convergence
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Acquiring, leasing, managing and owning Real Estate involves many moving parts. From the due diligence involved in transactions, through the leasing process, as well as accounting processes involved in Accounts Receivable and Accounts payable and all the way down to the smallest detail of a maintenance request, there are an inordinate amount of systems which generate troves of data on a daily basis. Bringing all these processes together in an integrated enterprise is a daunting task. Single stack, best of breed, open API’s, and data warehouses are just a few of the technology decisions required. This session will bring together leading domain experts to discuss and debate what a modern Real Estate Digital Enterprise Architecture should look like.

Data and Advanced Analytics: Taking the Organization to New Heights
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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NextGen Hybrid Tech Stack: The Digital Future of Work
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Much of the world was already on a digital transformation trajectory prior to the pandemic. Malls being challenged by online and office workers using advanced technologies to participate from anywhere were already changing the way we live. Then came the accelerant: a global pandemic. Over the last 18-24 months, there have been thousands, if not millions, of different ideas on what a hybrid work environment looks like. Although video conferencing came to the rescue, it has only scratched the surface of what a hybrid workplace looks like. Integrating people from all over the world into a central workplace where people gather physically is the next step and this panel of world-renown experts will provide a glimpse into the future of work.

Expanding Your Data Horizons: Harnessing the Power of External Data Sources
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
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Powering the Enterprise: The Importance of Developing a Modern, Comprehensive Data Strategy
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
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Building an Effective Cyber Strategy: Balancing Risk and Budget
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
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The Ever-Present Cyber Threat: Ransomware
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Investment Management: Case Studies
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
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Connecting the Front and Back Office for IM Firms
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
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Developing a Comprehensive Cyber Program: Lessons Learned
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
There has been a small group within the Realcomm community that has long realized that Cybersecurity for the built environment would become an ever-increasing challenge. Headlines over the past few years have proven this assumption correct and things are not going to get easier. The Real Estate Cyber Consortium which was formed out of a Cyber Forum 5 years ago has been working tirelessly to stay ahead of this conversation. One of the most foundational first steps is the creation of a comprehensive Cyber Program which entails a thoughtful and strategic approach to cyber threats within the built environment. Sean Nealon, a RECC Executive Committee member, will share his experience as CISO at Brookfield Properties.

IBcon: Breakout Sessions

INCLUDED SESSIONS ARE:

The Low Voltage Building: The Holy Grail of Sustainability
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
There are many smart building technologies that can help improve the energy efficiency of a building and drive sustainability goals. Sensors, analytics and integrated systems can manage a building with a great deal of precision which can significantly decrease waste. These are notable goals for sure, but the holy grail of reducing carbon in buildings is the low voltage building. The conversation has been ongoing for the last 10 years with only edge projects resulting in no mainstream adoption. The idea of using renewable energy in an old AC infrastructure makes no sense. Imagine solar panels pumping electricity into a completely low voltage building. Our panel of thought leaders will discuss how this could result in a 70% reduction of electricity consumption and bring the world to the brink of significant carbon reduction.

Creating a Global Future-Ready Digital Building Program: The Google Story
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The evolution of smart buildings has gone from closed, disparate systems to open, integrated and interoperable to ultimately Building IoT. It has been a long and challenging journey and now, one of the world’s most recognizable technology giants has jumped into the conversation. With a desire to bring their technology skills and prowess to the built environment, Google has been focusing on a smart building, campus, portfolio strategy for more than 5 years. Working with a number of stakeholders, Google is determined to set the standards of what a smart built environment looks like. Energy conservation, operational efficiency, next gen experiences, sustainability and financial optimization are all parts of this great Google story.

The Digital Twin Journey: Leading Real Estate Organizations Engage and Embrace
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
There is no doubt that “Digital Twins for Buildings” have received a great deal of attention over the last few years. To fully understand where we are with this paradigm shifting technology, you need to understand the journey. Over 15 years ago, Building Information Modeling (BIM) began to make its way into real estate conversations and has seen numerous iterations over the years. It has only been recently that the technology has evolved to a pivotal point, but more importantly, major real estate organizations have committed to a comprehensive commitment of adoption. Without respected leaders and legitimate successful case studies the story ends. This session will feature some the most advanced Digital Twin case studies in the world.

A Smart Real Estate Portfolio at Scale: Unpacking the QuadReal Strategy
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
As we have said numerous times in the past, it is a great achievement to develop a comprehensive smart building but yet quite another to take extend the “smart strategy” to the portfolio level. The complexities of a smart building are increased substantially when multiple projects are involved and brought together to create and integrated system of systems. The value proposition associated with a smart portfolio is extraordinary and results in reduced expenses, higher revenues and happier tenants. We are excited to bring QuadReal senior executives to the stage to discuss the technical, financial and most importantly, organizational alignment requirements necessary to achieve a successful smart portfolio implementation.

Why Proptech Doesn't Work in Multi-Family Developments
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Details coming soon!

Smart Building Visionaries: Assembling a Successful Project Team
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Details coming soon!

The NextGen Building Operating System: Picking the Right Solution Set
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Details coming soon!

Today’s In-Building Wired and Wireless Landscape: Developing a Comprehensive Strategy
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
In the not too distant past, building owners and operators concentrated mostly on wired telecommunications with some focus on 802.11 (WiFi). For the most part they let carriers worry about making sure cell phones worked in buildings, unless it was a high density, high profile project, then they got involved. With the advent of new wireless technologies, building owners and operators now have the opportunity to significantly enhance the efficiency of operations through smart building applications and to drive new occupant experiences. For any building owner or operator to keep their building relevant and competitive, they cannot ignore the need for a sophisticated telecommunications strategy and that will be the focus of this session.

5G and CBRS: Exploring the Impacts on In-Building Mobile Coverage and Communications
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
There is no doubt that the advancements in wireless technology over the last 2-3 decades have fundamentally changed the way societies work. For years, carriers have focused on outdoor coverage while at the same time a significant amount of wireless activity takes place indoors. This is all changing and this new generation of technology which includes 5G, CBRS and the idea private networks, is poised to change the wireless landscape “inside of buildings”. The application potential is endless ranging from smart building and IoT devices connecting via these technologies to new and engaging immersive experiences for building occupants. This session will provide state of the art insight on the status of 5G and CBRS wireless technologies.

Developing an Operational Technologies Cyber Strategy: A Guide on Where to Start
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
For those who have been involved in building cyber security for a while, the issues and risks are apparent. For those new to the discussion, understanding the full scope and potential risks associated with building networks and systems being breached can be daunting. Understanding the scope of the risk, executive support, discovery, mitigation and ongoing management of an Operational Technologies (OT) Cyber Strategy is critical to an organization that is determined to protect their assets from a breach. This session will be delivered by an industry OT cyber professional and will provide a straightforward and easy to understand approach to developing a thorough and common-sense strategy to keep your buildings safe from cyber-attacks.

IoT at the Edge: Transforming the Smart Building Conversation
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
The smart building conversation started long ago. It began with disparate, single system, single vendor solutions, then moved to the current state of integrated, interoperable, IT centric and is moving to the smart IoT device, edge and cloud solution. There has been much debate about a smart device to the cloud approach which is efficient in some ways and counterproductive in others. More and more conversations are being had about the idea of smart edge devices that can provide a gateway to the cloud but can also keep a majority of the data flowing locally within the building. Understanding what happens at the device, what data stays in the building and what goes to the could will be at the center of this important and timely discussion.

Developing a Comprehensive Building Cyber Program: Lessons Learned
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Details coming soon!

Establishing an Intelligent Network Strategy: The Foundation of a Smart Building
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Before data can flow or systems can talk to each other it is first required to establish a sound and comprehensive communications infrastructure or as many refer to it, a network. We have been building communications networks for business enterprises and the Internet for multiple decades and it has only been in the last 10 years since the idea has reached buildings. A building is composed of many different systems and the need for a common network seems almost too simple, yet it is still not commonplace. Whether it is traditional Active Ethernet or the less common yet growing Passive Optical Network (PON), building networks are here to stay. Single or dual network and which architecture is best are some of the issues up for discussion.

Navigating the Landscape of Connected Sensors: Occupancy, Utilization, IAQ and More
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
First comes a smart building vision, then the plan, network, operating platform, applications and smart devices. The idea of connecting everything inside a building has significantly picked up pace over the last few years. Now more than ever, every device has a sensor for its primary function and additional ones expanding their original capabilities. Traditional use cases such as occupancy, utilization, IAQ, temperature, parking and lighting are all taking full advantage of next generation censors as well as new applications such as structure strength, gunshot detection, weather impact and more. This session will examine the traditional ideas and discuss the future benefits and possible liabilities of a fully censored building, campus or district.

Smart Building Visionaries: Assembling a Successful Project Team
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
A smart building can mean different things to different people. Some may look at it from an HVAC perspective, others lighting or access control and yet others may focus on an enhanced occupant experience. The right answer is a smart building is all of the above. It is one thing to understand this from a technology point of view and another to understand the importance of aligning all parts of the organization required for a successful project. When you begin to blend and integrate Information Technologies (IT) and Operational Technologies (OT) you need to span multiple departments which all need to have a seat at the strategy table. This session will bring together industry leaders to discuss how to assemble a successful smart building team.

Converged: Breakout Sessions

INCLUDED SESSIONS ARE:

ASPIRE: A Data-Driven Approach to Sustainable Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Details coming soon!

Navigating the Post-Pandemic Working Models: NextGen Hybrid Opportunities
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Details coming soon!

Developing a Data-Driven ESG Strategy: A Building-Focused Approach
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Buildings account for over 40% of the world’s energy consumption and have for years been under the radar of those looking to fight climate change. In the last 15 years there have been 2 other movements involving building energy (environmental) efficiency but the results were questionable. Recently, during the Pandemic, despite sub 10% occupancy in NYC buildings, energy consumption stayed the same. Many believe that this is the right time and that the built environment is ready to take the challenge seriously. True thought leaders know that data and technology and have to play a role. In order to get an old building up to modern environmental standards, well designed solutions will have to be put in place. Gathering data from multiple systems and creating a sound integration strategy is the only way to achieve the desired sustainability objectives. This session will bring critical thinking to a long overdue problem.

Accelerated Innovation in Commercial Real Estate: Embracing a ‘Digital-Only’ Future
Date: 11/3/2021    Time: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Many real estate firms talk about Digital Transformation, but the degree of true adoption varies greatly. For some, being digital means getting rid of file cabinets. For the more advanced, it is rethinking every process and developing hyper automation systems to maximize efficiency, enhance experience and deliver unprecedented insight as a result of data consolidation and the use of business tools such as artificial intelligence. Imagine if a Real Estate firm could reduce each and every process from 10 steps down to 3 and in some cases eliminate the process all together. One such firm, Inland Real Estate has been on the forefront for years and Sunder Pappu will shed some light on what a Digital-Only Future really looks like for a Real Estate firm.

CRE Tech & Innovation Leadership: Navigating a Post-Pandemic World
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
The Pandemic is undoubtedly the biggest disruption to the globe in modern times. Every aspect of our lives has been disrupted, with business being a major part of the conversation and that includes buildings. Some of the most visionary real estate leaders realized that COVID acted as an accelerant to the already in motion digital transformation shift. Creating a highly resilient, data driven, real time organizational culture that could provide highly efficient insight at a moment’s notice would prove to be the future of transacting, owning and operating buildings. Attracting and retaining digitally savvy staff, understanding the needs and requirements of customers and creating customer-focused experiences will all be addressed in this session.

GENERAL EVENTS

INCLUDED SESSIONS ARE:

Digie Awards Presentation and Networking Reception
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm    Location: Exhibit Hall
Join us at Conference LIVE as we announce the winners of the 2021 Digie Awards. These prestigious awards honor those companies, real estate projects, technologies and people who have gone above and beyond to positively impact our industry through the use of technology, automation and innovation.

Directly following the Digie Awards Presentation is a welcome reception on the Exhibit Floor. Meet and mingle with new colleagues and catch up with old friends! This event is open to all attendees.

GENERAL SESSION: REsilience – Using Technology and Innovation to Navigate an Ever-Changing World
Date: 11/2/2021    Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
There is no doubt that the world has and continues to face some of the biggest challenges in modern times. A global pandemic, climate change, political and social unrest, and ongoing military disputes are some of the issues facing us all. These come at a time where technology is changing at an unprecedented rate and offers many solutions but comes with some warning signs as well. The built environment is coming to the end of a very long paradigm where we had to go to places to do things. This opening session will explore what the new paradigm looks like. Extreme efficiency, increased communications, hybrid experiences, immersive environments – all founded on a foundation of flexibility and sustainability – will be at the center of the discussion.

Smart Building Best Practice Showcase


The ninth annual SMART BUILDINGS Best Practice Showcase returns to Realcomm | IBcon. For this super-session, we've assembled some of the world’s most progressive and successful implementations of smart buildings, portfolios and campuses. These projects represent the next generation of open, interoperable, integrated and IP-centric buildings.

In this showcase setting, attendees will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives for each project who will share their strategies and address topics such as energy conservation, operational efficiency, enhanced occupant experience, sustainability achievement and financial optimization.