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Marc Petock, Director of Marketing Tridium


2006 Niagara Summit

The 2006 Niagara Summit is all about practical ideas, expanding knowledge and exchanging information that members of the Niagara Community can use today. This year’s theme is Connecting Minds and Machines.

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Sinclair:  Tell me about Tridium’s 2006 Niagara Summit.

Petock:  The Niagara Summit is an open exchange and conference focusing on Niagara-based applications, ideas, techniques and developments. It is the only gathering of its kind dedicated to the advancement of the Niagara Framework. The conference provides a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices. No other event brings together such a range of practitioners and end users from the Niagara Community.

The 2006 Niagara Summit is our second Summit. Our inaugural Summit took place in May of 2004 and was a resounding success. As part of our commitment to the growth and on-going development of the Niagara Community, we made the summit a bi-annual event. This year’s Summit takes place on April 30 – May 2 at the Saddlebrook Resort, in West Chapel (Tampa), Florida.

Sinclair:  Has the Niagara Community changed since the last Summit?

Petock:  Yes it has. The Niagara Community is a community unlike any other. As more and more organizations have embraced the Niagara Framework as the technology of choice for bringing their operational assets together into a single unified system the Niagara Community has grown not only in shear numbers but has also expanded to include members from a variety of market segments including building automation, facility management, M2M, industrial automation, energy, security, lighting, telecommunications and convergence retailing. Today, there are over 50,000 instances of Niagara operating in over 6,000 installations worldwide.

Sinclair:  What will attendees experience at this year’s Summit?

Petock:  The 2006 Niagara Summit is all about practical ideas, expanding knowledge and exchanging information that members of the Niagara Community can use today. This year’s theme is Connecting Minds and Machines. The Summit consists of presentations, keynotes, peer-to-peer workshops, demonstrations, interactive panel discussions and relevant exhibits from leading suppliers of Niagara-based products. We’re focusing on the latest developments in creating device-to-enterprise solutions, M2M applications, Internet-enabled products and distributed real-time Internet-based automation systems.

We’ve designed the conference around three tracks---an Application Track, a Business Track and a Developers Track. In addition, a number of industry-recognized keynote speakers, will share their vision and insights into relevant topics such as M2M and the Pervasive Internet, Coopetition - a Unique Blend of Cooperation and Competition, Wireless technologies and Enterprise applications.

Reliable Controls Sinclair:  Who attends the Summit?

Petock:  It is a multifaceted audience consisting of system integrators, end-users, consultants, OEM manufacturers, developers and resellers.

Sinclair:  Who are some of the sponsors and exhibitors supporting the Summit?

Petock:  We are delighted to have a variety of companies and organizations participating as sponsors and exhibitors this year. Our Platinum sponsors include IBM, Siemens Wireless and Sun. Our Gold Sponsors and Exhibitors include Architectural Energy, Building Intelligence Group, C2 Facility Solution, Cimetrics, Contemporary Controls, Control Solutions, Distech Controls, Dust Networks, Engenuity, FieldServer Technologies, Gemini Integration Services, Honeywell, Invensys, Kele, Kiyon, STAEFA Control Systems, NovusEdge, Marathon Technologies, Onicon, QNX Software Systems, Reliable Controls, WattStopper Legrand, Viconics and Vulcain.

In addition to these fine companies, several of the industry’s leading media organizations are supporting the event as media sponsors including Automated Buildings, Energy & Power Management, Engineered Systems, M2M Magazine and Remote Site & Equipment Management.

Sinclair:  Is attendance at the Summit limited only to people that are currently using Niagara?

Petock:  No, the Summit is an open event. It is a great place to get an introduction to the technology and to the growing Niagara Community.

Sinclair:  Where can the readers of Automated Buildings go for more information on the 2006 Niagara Summit?

Petock:  Full conference details and registration information can be found at: www.niagarasummit.com.

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