Ron Bernstein & Ken
Mr. Bernstein is the Executive
Director of LONMARK International. In this role, he is responsible for
the direction and activity of LONMARK worldwide and works directly with
the regional affiliates, LMI staff, and the membership to continue
developing LONWORKS open standards, provide educational programs, and
grow the LONWORKS presence in the market.
This will be the first time that a LONCOM
event is being held in the United States.
Sinclair: What is LONCOM
Americas is a two-day event taking place May 11th and 12th at the
McDonald’s Hamburger University. LonMark International is organizing
this event to bring together owners, operators, facility managers,
integrators, installers and developers of LonMark open systems and
LonWorks control technology. This will be the first time that a LONCOM
event is being held in the United States. Previous LONCOM events have
been held in Germany to bring together people in Europe. We felt it was
time to develop a program specifically for the Americas market.
Sinclair: Why is
it being held at Hamburger University?
Corporation is a LonMark Sponsor member. They generously allowed us
access to their great facility for two days to bring together the LON
community. It is important to point out that McDonald’s currently uses
LonMark open systems as the foundation for its smart kitchens.
me more about smart kitchens.
smart kitchen consists of restaurant equipment communicating and
sharing information using the LonWorks network infrastructure. This
supports the development of applications that help to improve the
operational and energy efficiency of its restaurants. McDonald’s turned
to LonMark International to create and manage interoperability
standards for networked kitchen equipment and building automation
systems. Interoperability standards help to ensure that the kitchen and
building equipment can communicate with each other on a common network.
McDonald’s will share information on their smart kitchen and energy
sustainability program with LONCOM attendees.
should people attend LONCOM?
people spend too much time putting out fires and less time preventing
them. We designed the content of this two-day event to help people
think more strategically about their jobs. Conference speakers will
share how their organizations are maximizing LONMARK open systems to
change the way they specify, design, install, support and use this
powerful technology platform.
LONCOM Americas offers attendee’s innovative perspectives and
strategies to incorporate the lessons of others into their work
environment. LONCOM has something for everyone including owners,
operators, managers, integrators and suppliers. There is an even
balance of content for those new to LonMark and LonWorks and those that
are experts in the field. In addition to the educational content,
LonMark Task Group meetings will be held. These task group meetings
develop, review, and discuss new and enhanced LonMark standards. At
this conference the BAS, System Services, Utility, Automated Food
Service, and Lighting Task Groups will convene Overall, it is a great
opportunity to interact with peers and industry experts as they share
their knowledge and expertise on how to get the most out this
standards-based technology platform, given our limited resources.
Sinclair: Is it
too late to register?
No, there is plenty
of time to register. In fact, people can even register on-site, if they
can people find more information on this event?
easiest way to get more information is to visit the LonMark website at
www.lonmark.org and click on the LONCOM Americas image on the top of
the page. The full agenda with speakers is available on-line and to
This is turning into a fantastic
event. The rich conference program,
coupled with the contacts made there will be well worth the trip.
Thanks for the time. We look forward
to seeing everyone in Oak Brook.
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