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Smart, safe, sustainable: SBC sets the smart building agenda

Smart Building Conference is the must-attend pan-European conference for professionals working in the smart buildings industry. The full-day conference, on Monday 31 January, has the theme ‘Smart, Safe, Sustainable Building Technologies’.

The conference will feature expert case studies and presentations from senior executives within the industry – most of whom are either at C-level or leading major business units. 

The opening keynote, which will address the theme of sustainability in smart buildings, will be given by Oliver Iltisberger, president of ABB Smart Buildings. 

Another major brand represented on the speakers’ roster is Google. Kathy Farrington, global lead for Digital Buildings Program (BOS) and IOT team manager at the search and advertising giant, will talk about how Google has scaled its own digital buildings globally; which involved creating its own standards in the absence of any others.

James McHale, managing director of smart building research company Memoori, will moderate a panel discussion on ‘the post-pandemic smart building’, looking in particular at the role of sensors in ensuring a healthy environment that will encourage people to come back into buildings. He will also present a session on the seven steps to return to office buildings.

Innovation consultant Brad Koerner will talk about the advantages of DC-powered buildings.

Richard Sasson, global director of training at Crestron, will talk about ensuring the security of AV components on a network.

Matthew Marson, UK sector director – manufacturing + technology, Arcadis, will talk about the human connection to intelligent buildings; he will recount real-life stories around returning to work.

Other speakers at the conference include:

  • Alicia Asín Pérez, CEO of IoT company Libelium
  • Dan Drogman, CEO of Smartspaces, an IoT proptech platform
  • Erik Ubels, owner of the consultancy Metisreal. Previously responsible for two of the top smart buildings in the world, he has a reputation for being frank and outspoken.

“If I was a systems integrator, I wouldn’t miss this conference,” said Bob Snyder, conference chair and editor-in-chief at Channel Media. “It’s so critical to be aware of the built environment and how it’s changing. Ignoring how offices, homes, buildings and even cities are becoming smart is like piloting an aircraft and ignoring the weather. There are great business opportunities you can fly into if you’re willing to navigate directions. And you’ll hear from executives who have already made the trip.”

A limited number of early bird tickets are available at a 30% discount. For more information and to register, go to