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Smart Building Conference 2019 sets the in-building technology agenda

21 March 2019

ISE 2019 saw the Smart Building Conference run for the ninth year in a row at what has become one of the show’s ‘must attend’ conferences.

Held the day before ISE 2019 opened, the twin-track event (commercial and residential) – ‘Making Buildings Smart, Making Smart Buildings’ – enabled delegates to explore the latest technologies, business strategies and market research through presentations from the world’s leading smart building experts and thought leaders.

Oliver Iltisberger, Managing Director of ABB Building Products and Gabriel Wetzel, CEO of Bosch Smart Home GmbH, opened SBC 2019 with their vision of a smarter future.

Michael Schneider, Creative Technology Director Hardware at the world’s largest global architectural design and planning firm Gensler, set the tone for much of the day’s discussion.

“Typical tools for smart buildings are sensors and interfaces, but what I would like to suggest is that, if we are really thinking about the performance of the space, then we need to think about the performance of the people in that space,” he argued.

“It’s not just the lights, sound, temperature, but about people, storytelling, communities and social elements. We need to create immersive touchpoints which are the core endpoint for smart buildings.”

Other speakers included senior executives from some of the world’s highest profile residential and commercial smart buildings companies; from manufacturers; from integrators operating on the ‘front line’; from consultancies; and from real estate companies. Kathy Farrington, Technical Program Manager at Google, presented on interoperability for the next generation of IoT devices, while Sean Wargo, AVIXA’s Senior Director for Market Intelligence, chaired a panel of experts to provide a smart building industry overview.

“Once again, the Smart Building Conference was an enormous success,” said Bob Snyder, Conference Chairman.

“It’s a unique event in its ability to draw together stakeholders from across the buildings industry.

"What’s fascinating about it is how it not only reflects the evolution in the industry, but also sets the agenda for the future, shaping the way that architects, consultants, manufacturers and integrators think about their customers and their business.

"As ever, it will be interesting to see what emerges from next year’s Smart Building Conference when we feature 5G, IoT & the Intelligent Edge.”

After the conference, delegates were invited to join an ISE-organised tour of the EDGE Olympic, Amsterdam’s latest example of the newest generation of world-leading smart buildings.

Additionally, delegates were invited to take part in two free walking tours across the ISE show floor where they got the chance to view the latest developments in smart home, smart office and smart building.

“Over the years, ISE has become much more than a trade show,” said Mike Blackman, Managing Director of Integrated Systems Events.

“Of course, our exhibitors are still at its heart – we had more than 1,300 of them this year – but each year, we aim to offer an even more complete experience to visitors with many opportunities to learn and to network.

"The Smart Building Conference is a prime example of that, with delegates able to take home with them knowledge and information that will make a real difference to their businesses. ISE 2020 will see us continuing in that direction, providing even more reasons for the industry to be in Amsterdam next February.”

The Smart Building Conference was produced in association with AVIXA and CEDIA.

Sponsors of the event were ABB, AVI-SPL, Bluetooth, CompTIA, FaMe, Joan, KNX, Nuuka, STEINEL and UbiqiSense. Technology partners were AV Drop, Hikvision, Listen Technologies and Temas.

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