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InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance Members Share Expertise at Intelligent Building Conference
Attendees at Realcomm/IBcon Explore the Challenges, Opportunities of Smart Buildings
ATLANTA — July 13, 2016 — The InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors, participated in the 2016 Realcomm/IBcon conference in San Jose, Calif., June 21 – 24, 2016. Billed as “The intersection of commercial and corporate real estate, technology, automation and innovation,” the event brings commercial property owners and managers together with technology experts to explore the possibilities of fully connected intelligent buildings. InsideIQ maintained an exhibit booth during the event and participated in The Intelligent Buildings Boot Camp, Smart Building Integrator’s Summit and one member received an award for integrating a smart commercial office building.
“Since its inception, Realcomm/IBcon has brought together the brightest minds in the industry with the most innovative solutions for creating intelligent buildings, and this year was no exception,” said Leroy Walden, president of the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance and vice president of Atlanta-based McKenney’s Inc. “The event featured six unique tracks with education sessions presented by experts from the real estate, technology and system integrator communities. InsideIQ members were there demonstrating our expertise in applying the latest smart building technologies.”
InsideIQ was a co-sponsor of the Intelligent Buildings Boot Camp, an event designed for anyone at the early stages of trying to better understand the basics of a smart building. The half-day program laid the fundamental groundwork of what smart buildings are and was designed specifically for asset, property and facility managers. InsideIQ members presented case studies illustrating how to transform any building operations program into a comprehensive smart building strategy.
InsideIQ Member CBRE/ESI Principal Paul Oswald once again chaired the Smart Building Integrator’s Summit where InsideIQ members Jacob Jensen of HCRT, Frank Rotello of Alpha Controls & Services and Leroy Walden shared best practices with a select group of industry leading integrators and facility owners and managers. Topics covered included defining smart buildings, developing a smart building strategy, cyber security for smart buildings and the roles and responsibilities of today’s master integrator.
On the final day of the event, InsideIQ member HCRT of Amsterdam, Netherlands, received a Commercial Real Estate Digital Innovation, or DIGIE, Award in the category Most Intelligent Building Projects – Office Building. The DIGIE recognized HCRT’s achievement integrating smart building technology in The Edge in Amsterdam. Developed by OVG Real Estate and serving as the Netherlands headquarters for Deloitte, all of the technology systems in the building were implemented by HCRT and its software team. The Edge features extensive use of low voltage LED lighting, extreme integration of numerous building systems and has achieved the highest BREEAM sustainability score ever recorded at 98.4 percent. BREEAM is the leading environmental rating system for buildings in Europe.
“This is the fourth year that I have attended the conference and I find its relevance increases each year as more and more of our real estate clients struggle to incorporate technology into their businesses and increase the benefit to their organizations,” said Walden.
InsideIQ member companies represented at Realcomm/IBcon this year were Airmaster Australia, Alpha Controls & Services, Automatic Controls Engineering Corporation, CBRE/ESI, HCRT, McKenney’s Inc., Servi-Tech Controls Inc. and SmartEdge.
InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance is an organization comprised of independent commercial building and facility automation companies representing common automation and security system platforms. Its member firms across North America, Europe and Australia share best practices among more than 5,000 employees at over 100 locations. Members specialize in the design and implementation of facilities and process control systems, systems integration, enterprise security systems, facilities maintenance services, energy services, and the representation of other value-added products and services. The largest independent organization of its kind, InsideIQ member companies provide consistent applications, coordination, and support for commercial facility owners. More information is available online at www.insideiq.org.
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