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ISE 2019: the smart choice for smart building

With analysts predicting double-digit annual growth over the coming years, smart building is a market sector of ever increasing importance for ISE attendees. At this year’s shows it’s reflected in the compelling programme available at the world’s largest AV and systems integration exhibition.

The Smart Building Conference is returning to ISE for its ninth edition in 2019. The conference runs twin commercial and residential tracks, ensuring that all delegates hear the most relevant content. Held in the RAI Forum, it is occupying its traditional Monday slot (4 February), the day before the exhibition opens. This year’s theme is ‘Making Buildings Smart, Making Smart Buildings’, emphasising that this conference deals not just with new buildings but also with the smart retrofitting of existing homes, offices and buildings.

A roster of 30 expert speakers includes Aryanour Djalali, CEO of world-famous DNA Barcelona Architects; Michael L Schneider, Creative Technology Director – Hardware for Gensler, the firm ranked number one in the 2018 World Architecture Top 100; and Gabriel Wetzel, CEO of Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH.

There will also be dedicated smart building content on the ISE Main Stage, located in Hall 8. From 14:30 to 16:00 on the afternoon of Tuesday 5 February, three free-to-attend sessions will address ‘The Role of Immersive Media Experiences in a Smart Building’, ‘How Silicon Valley Sees Smart Building Trends’ and ‘Breaking into the Smart Building Business’. These will be introduced by Bob Snyder, chairman of the Smart Building Conference.

Also on the Main Stage, CEDIA will also present case studies of award-winning smart home integration projects. Among its programme of free FlashTrack sessions on Stand 13-N110, fellow ISE co-owner AVIXA will present Mitchell Klein of the Z-Wave Alliance talking on ‘Considerations for AV/IT Network Managers from the Smart Home’.

Smart technologies will also be on the agenda in other ISE 2019 conferences. For instance, the theme of the Digital Signage Summit on Wednesday 6 February is ‘Technologies Enabling Smart Retail Experiences’; one of its panels will discuss the use of sensors in digital signage installations. Additionally, the Hospitality Tech Summit on Thursday 7 February has a session entitled ‘Making Smart Screens and Smart Speakers Satisfy Smarter Guests’. Both of these conferences will take place in the Hotel Okura, just a few minutes from the RAI.

On the showfloor, go to Hall 9 to find the Smart Building Technology Zone – an entire hall dedicated to the latest concepts and solutions for smart building. Here you can find suppliers of air conditioning, lighting and shutter control, security systems, heating, ventilation, monitoring, alarming, water control, energy management, metering, audio and household appliances.

Bob Snyder will be leading two Smart Building Show Floor Tours – two-hour events that bring attendees face to face with the major smart building players exhibiting at ISE 2019.

Perhaps the biggest name in smart building at ISE is KNX – which is also Show Presenting Partner for ISE 2019. On its stand (9-F120) it will be demonstrating the latest developments to its technology – in particular, integration with the Internet of Things – as well as hosting 20 KNX Partner companies. There are about another 25 KNX Partners with their own stands at the show.

If that’s not enough to satisfy you, the ISE show floor as a whole contains over 500 companies that have identified themselves as being suppliers to the wider building automation market. Pick up your copy of the Building Automation Route Planner at the show for a full listing.

If you want to get smart about smart building, there’s nowhere better to go than ISE 2019.