Test for Success: De-Risking Smart Building Tech Deployments
|Smart Building Foundation
|5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Many non-tech teams deploy technology with absolute faith that it will solve some pain that they experience in their working day, and often are sold a solution without a very clear understanding of the problem. This leads to cyber risk, increased complexity, lack of measurable results, wasted effort, higher costs and often, failed implementations. So how do you define the use cases, create testing practices that facilitate success and ultimately measure the value of the investment? This panel will discuss the pitfalls of an unstructured approach and highlight the importance of time spent to evaluate and understand the use case to ensure maximized returns.
Bryan Evenson is the Director of Product Development at Melink Corporation, an industry pioneer and leader in Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV) systems. Bryan has 25 years of embedded software and hardware design and development experience. Bryan started his career with multiple contract engineering firms before transitioning to Melink 11 years ago. Today, Bryan focuses on long-term planning and development for Intelli-Hood® to ensure it meets the needs of today’s smart buildings.
Jesse Collier is a Senior Product Manager at Acuity Brands, which is a lighting, lighting control, and building management system manufacturer. He has worked for Acuity Brands the past 10 years in roles that include Product Management, Design and Application Engineering, and Technical Support. Jesse specializes in network infrastructure and wireless systems, and he is the nLight lighting control platform’s product management point of contact for cybersecurity matters.
Clare Meredith is a Technology Program Manager at Google whose primary focus is within the Digital Building space. She leads a process known as Device Qualification which ensures devices deployed on Google networks meet strict network and security requirements. Clare started her career in Real Estate in Facilities Management in 2010, before moving to CBRE in 2017 as a Project Coordinator for the Google Enterprise Network team. From late 2020 until just recently, she chaired the Building Controls Steering Committee for an Alliance, working alongside peers across industry to promote the importance of high standards in cyber security.
Emre is a Product Lead at Density, where he leads development of Density Atlas, the company’s workplace data exploration application. Emre partners closely with Density's customers and its creative and data science teams to help companies design and build data-driven workplace programs. Prior to joining Density, Emre was founder and CEO of Nashi, a workplace management startup focused on making hybrid work a frictionless experience for employees and workplace teams. Nashi was inspired by Emre's time building enterprise technology at WeWork and was acquired by Density in 2021.
Michael Torres is a Security Engineer at Google, where he leads work on securing the access systems and networks in use by Operational Technology (OT) and Internet of Things (IoT) systems across Alphabet. Michael got his start in technology and securing cyber-physical systems while on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, and has continued to serve in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a cyber warfare operator.