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Setting standards: Smart Building Conference addresses KNX and Bluetooth

The Smart Building Conference, taking place the day before ISE 2016 opens its doors on 8 February, at the RAI, Amsterdam, will see expert speakers tackling a wide range of Smart Home and Smart Building topics at the full day event. One of the key functions of SBC is to keep delegates up to date on technical standards, their development and implementation. This year’s Smart Building Conference will look specifically at KNX and Bluetooth.

KNX is a worldwide standard for home and building control and is the leading standard in Europe. Seventy KNX member companies worldwide offer more than 7,000 KNX certified product groups in their catalogues.

Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) (also called Bluetooth Smart or Version 4.0+ of the Bluetooth specification) is the power, and application-friendly version, of Bluetooth that was built for the Internet of Things (IoT). You can already find Bluetooth technology in billions of devices today, everything from phones to headsets to basketballs and socks

Here are three specific session highlights:

Diana Stickland, Business Development Director Design Innovation and President of the KNX Association, will explore,A Case Study in the Residential Backbone. Stickland will present a real-life example of a project (house) where there are a total of 12-13 lines on twisted pair connected together over IP, then integrated into other services, such as AV and door entry.

Martin Woolley, Technical Programme Manager, Bluetooth SIG, will coverFitting the Smart Home with Bluetooth. This session will allow delegates to learn about Bluetooth Low Energy which enables technology such as IoT; wearables; smart home and beacons; technical factors for end-to-end Bluetooth; internet connectivity and security; introducing mesh-based sensors.

Szymon Slipik, President and CTO, Silvair, will present,New Era of Data Driven Lighting Services. Bluetooth Smart opens a huge opportunity to build interoperable systems to control and manage both residential and commercial networks. It is the first step to the new era of data driven lighting services. This session will explore what makes the onboarding process part of the standard? Where is the secret sauce in Bluetooth Smart? Building a peer-to-peer mesh-based Bluetooth? Enabling lighting manufacturers to build cutting edge smart products and collect data from them.

The Smart Building Conference will offer content in two tracks (commercial and residential) as well as a number of presentations dedicated to both. The Commercial Track will be chaired by Content Chairman, Bob Snyder, (Editor in Chief of Channel Media Europe). The Residential Track will be chaired by CEDIA EMEA Chair, Kris Hogg (founder of Konnectiv Technology).

Other Smart Building Sessions include:

Smart… Above and Beyond Sustainability: A view from inside the Edge, often described as the world’s smartest and greenest office building. Delegates will learn about “the new way of working”; a smartphone app to match today’s smart mobility; hot-desking and schedule-based workplaces .Erik Ubels, Products and Innovation Director, OVG

Technology and the Future of Corporate Real Estate. How is Corporate Real Estate (CRE) adapting to technological change? And how will technological change impact CRE strategy at a portfolio, building and workplace level as we move towards 2020 and beyond? Tom Carroll, Head of EMEA Corporate Research, Jones Lang Lasalle

Smart Home 2030: How Digitisation Is Changing the Way We Build and Live. Digitisation has already fundamentally changed our life and is now also revolutionising the way we build and live. How does the digitisation change the way we build and live? What does digitisation mean for the providers? How does technology change the inhabitants’ behaviors and demands? Daniela Tenger, Researcher, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute

From Office Design to Soundscaping: Philip Vanhoutte, Senior VP & MD, Plantronics Europe and Africa

What You Need to Know About Multi-Dwelling Units: Kris Hogg, Founder and Director Konnectiv and CEDIA EMEA Chair

A Case Study in Residential Backbone: Diana Stickland, Business Development Director Design Innovation

Forces Driving the Smart Building Market: Jeremy Towler, Senior Manager, Energy and SmartTechnologies, BSRIA

This year’s conference theme is The Network is the Building and it will explore how the IP backbone changes the way we work, the way we live, and the new connected services now possible with today’s buildings.

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