IBcon 2019: 7 talks you can’t afford to miss

By Cameron Bean, Partner Account Manager, Switch Automation • June 4, 2019

Taking place on June 13 and 14 at the Music City Center in Nashville, IBcon 2019 is fast approaching. Exploring the theme of ‘turning challenges into opportunities,’ there are a total of 49 IBcon 2019 sessions spotlighting the current state of building automation systems and controls. With this rich range of presentations, knowing where to start can be daunting.

If you read our previous post about making the most of IBcon, you’ll already know that our #1 piece of advice is to have a clear sense of the presentations you want to attend. The following is our guide to the seven essential IBcon 2019 sessions you should make time for this year.

The IBcon 2019 sessions we’re most excited about

Real Estate Innovation @ Scale

As technology reaches through the center of the buildings, into tenant suites and back to the owner’s operating team, establishing future-proof strategies for real estate will continue to be a key challenge. Featuring executives from Facebook, ExxonMobil and Brookfield, these industry leaders are all taking an aggressive approach to evolve how they manage every aspect of their operations. This panel will present a good mix of perspectives from both the tenant and landlord side of the relationship, as well as describe their roles in the digital transformation process.

The Journey Begins – Creating a Comprehensive Smart Building Strategy

A comprehensive smart building strategy must take sustainability, operational efficiency, space utilization, occupant experience and wellness into consideration all at the same time. Unfortunately, traditional organizational structures tend to deal with these five components in silos. This session will bring together executives from Oxford Properties, Google and more – organizations who have spent years developing their smart building strategies – to share their unique challenges and successes.

Department of Energy (DOE) – A Focus on Their Expanding Smart Building Program

The Department of Energy (DOE) is engaged in numerous groundbreaking research projects focused on smart building technologies, aggregating metrics on various energy analytics programs and undertaking deep dives into zero net energy and smart meter projects. In this extensive session, DOE representatives will provide a summary of the best smart building programs available to the private sector. Additionally, they will present their most recent group of best practice case studies about highly efficient and innovative smart buildings.

An Introduction to 5G & CBRS – Getting Ready for the Revolution

New, impactful technologies tend to enter the market in the same way. At first a few early adopters whisper about the tech, then little by little the whispers turn into larger conversations before becoming a revolution in the way we live. With 5G and CBRS on the horizon, building owners and operators will have to rethink their in-building wireless strategies. This introductory session will demystify 5G and provide a clear overview for your continued wireless journey.

Promoting a Healthy Workplace – Using Technology to Enhance a Wellness Strategy

From standing desks and air quality monitoring to circadian lighting and exercise programs, there’s been an increased focus on how wellness in the workplace translates to higher productivity and a healthier bottom line. This instructive session from the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment will provide a comprehensive view on how technology can support wellness programs.

Server, Controller, Edge or Cloud – Developing a Smart Building Infrastructure Strategy

There are a wide number of systems to evaluate when developing a smart building strategy. Multiple generations of technologies such as server, controller, edge and cloud options offered by a variety of different solution providers make the task of piecing together a strategy a challenge. For those responsible for developing a smart building program, this is definitely one of those must-attend IBcon 2019 sessions featuring speakers from WSP, Google and more.

Delivering Occupant Experience @ Scale – The Service Providers Jump-In

Those who offer property and facility services as a business, such as JLL, do it for a large number of companies and on a grand scale. With all this activity comes a great deal of practical insight. Hear from global giants who provide space-as-a-service, flex space and coworking while competing with industry newcomers like WeWork. These organizations’ long history serving tenants in our industry will provide invaluable insight.

Switch at IBcon 2019

Switch is bringing our diverse team of smart building experts to share our knowledge and best practices with fellow IBcon attendees. Whether you’re interested in how to craft an effective smart building program, getting tools to optimize building performance, or just want to bask in some Aussie accents, we invite you to visit us at booth #1425 across from the Hangout.

Until then, make sure you read our thoughts on the IBcon 2019 pre-conference and keep an eye out for our recap of the event, including key takeaways for enterprises devising their own digital facilities management strategies.

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