About Smart Buildings Summit

The age of the smart buildings is here with market reports forecasting smart building deployments growing by over 150% in the next four years. Networked IoT devices, automation system technologies, and smart data analytics are revolutionizing commercial buildings. This web of connected devices spans to almost every element of facilities, from lighting and HVAC to air quality and occupancy. Smart buildings are making it possible to not only deliver services that occupants need, but do this while also growing workplace productivity, minimizing costs, and increasing energy efficiency.

A smart building is not defined as a single system component. Rather, it is the result of a technological ecosystem that must work together to deliver a true connected, smart building. When building operators begin integrating smart technology into new builds or retrofitting existing sites, there are varied challenges to consider.  Deployment plans must incorporate methods of wi-fi reliability and network optimization, a strong data security approach, and the targets of real-time data analytics. Fierce Electronics’ Smart Buildings Summit will focus on the latest innovative technology solution that can effectively help build a true connected building ecosystem, giving operators in sights around usage patterns and trends that can be used to optimize the building’s sustainability environment and operational costs. 
 

AGENDA
MONDAY, AUGUST 22

11:00AM-12:30PM ET:

IS CHOOSING THE RIGHT WIRELESS NETWORK THE KEY TO MAKING YOUR BUILDING SMART?

11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote
11:15AM-11:30AM: Partner Keynote
11:30AM-12:30PM: Panel Discussion

The digital transformation of buildings and commercial spaces is well on its way. As building owners and operators look at overall building productivity, the adoption of smart technologies and connected devices has become the answer to managing all of a building’s assets, reducing operating costs and reaching sustainability initiatives. However, ramping up IoT deployment comes with one key challenge, operators must employ a rock-solid network structure that accommodates new devices, sensors and applications. To achieve a scalable and robust wireless connectivity, operators must consider, how robust a fiber network should be? What advantages come with wireless vs wired networks? What benefits of innovative network technologies bring to the table? Mesh network? Li-fi? PoE? Bluetooth? What about cellular wireless technology? Are 5G and Private LTE are worth considering?

AGENDA
MONDAY, AUGUST 22

2:00PM-3:00PM ET:

BULLETPROOF CYBERSECURITY: IMPLEMENTING A DEFENSIVE PLAN FOR A SMART BUILDING IoT NETWORK

2:00PM-2:15PM: Keynote
2:15PM-3:00PM: Panel Discussion

While smart technology has made buildings more efficient and cost-effective, a myriad of new cybersecurity risks has opened up for real estate owners and developers who are implementing the latest building automation systems. If a cyberattack breaches a single connected operational device, the entire network could be at risk. Making a bulletproof defensive plan of competent management and sensible protocols becomes imperative. What are the most effective techniques to keep secure?   Is enterprise network security a good approach for new integrations? Will implementing a risk management standard be key? How to mitigate the emerging threat of ransomware? 

AGENDA
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23

11:00AM-12:15PM ET:

MEETING SUSTAINABILITY GOALS WITH A ROBUST, INTEGRATED BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM

11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote
11:15AM-11:30AM: Tech Talk
11:30AM-12:15PM: Panel Discussion

Smart buildings save energy by deploying automating controls and optimizing systems. A well-integrated automation system can realize up to 30–50% energy savings, collecting and analyzing energy performance data and making preventive changes in operations. One of the most intuitive opportunities to jump into automation system solutions is connected lightning controls and smart HVAC systems. Climate control is generally the largest component of a building’s energy consumption and costs. Nevertheless, establishing the proper BAS functionality is the challenge. Can a standardized communication protocol be the key to functionality? BACnet vs Modbus, what are the differences?  How can HVAC systems and lighting controls be seamlessly integrated to well-planned BAS?

AGENDA
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23

2:00PM-3:00PM ET:

BUILDING A CONNECTED ECOSYSTEM WITH ML-DRIVEN ANALYTICS

2:00PM-2:15PM: Keynote
2:15PM-3:00PM: Panel Discussion

Your building is connected, now what? After a vast array of information from digital devices provide insights about the operations from the building’s infrastructure, physical environment, and energy usage, many are looking to AI embedded platforms to autonomously integrate the proliferation of data to apply learning, optimize performance, and improve environmental efficiency. The survey by analyst firm Omdia, found that 87% of facility, security and IT managers of smart building tech said they believe AI will become a “necessary element of smart-building management.” Nevertheless, how can AI be effectively integrated into a BAS? What are the major opportunities for ML-driven analytics? Can AI make a connected building ecosystem?