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Panel – Before You Restart Your Buildings: 3 Things You Must Do, and One Thing You Must Not Do

James Caton, Global Leader, Smart Infrastructure & Smart Cities, SAS
Harry Smeenk - Founder, Smart Buildings Online LLC
24 Jun 2021
16:30 - 17:15
Keynote Room (Hybrid Delivery Format)

Panel – Before You Restart Your Buildings: 3 Things You Must Do, and One Thing You Must Not Do


Recently we have started to see a return to our building’s and the “New Normal.” In this new world, building’s environments will be shaped by social distancing, air quality requirements, new cleaning protocols, occupancy sensing and numerous other post-pandemic modifications. Building owners and operators need to secure the occupants trust that they have done everything to ensure a safe return to their building, office, store, restaurant, school, and others. Join our panel of Smart Building experts as they outline 3 key things that building owners and operators must do immediately to gain the trust of their occupants and how IoT, AI, and data solutions contribute to each of these. We will also look at the one thing not to do. Our discussion will cover such topics as: Air quality standards & education, drinking water quality, lighting controls, extreme weather, noise, and other impactful areas. Information, education, action, communication, impactful, and consistency are all key ingredients of what to do, so join Harry Smeenk (Tapa Inc), Matthew Faust (AREP), Kerry Shih (Ripl), and James Caton (SaS) as they explore the “To Do’s and Not To Do’s” during this panel discussion.


SASJames Caton has 20 years’ experience in the application of analytics and sensors to improve operations. At IBM he led the Global Center of Competence for Predictive Analytics, launching IBM’s first cloud-based industrial predictive analytics solution. Based on the success of that ‘startup’ effort, he was askedwith leading the Global Center of Competence for Smart Cities, focusing on public safety, water management, and transportation. In 2018, James was recruited to India to lead a new business unit for Larsen & Toubro, a $16B infrastructure and engineering conglomerate. In 3 years he grew the smart cities business to $180M, with a portfolio of over dozen smart cities projects. Today, James helps companies improve the value of their energy, transit, water, safety, and building monitoring solutions thru the application of Artificial Intelligence.

Harry Smeenk has over 30 years of industry experience in wireline, wireless and IP network design, development, deployment and integration. He has led product development, business development, engineering, installation, and field service organizations across the country working in start-up and medium-size wireless construction and deployment companies, as well as larger corporations such as Nortel Networks, Goodman Networks and others. He has provided IoT and next-generation networking and wireless consulting expertise to numerous companies, started and sold 3 wireless construction and maintenance companies, and has held various executive-level leadership positions across the information and communications technology industry. Harry earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina (UNC) – Chapel Hill, NC He earned his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Management from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.

Kerry Shih a serial product creator and have built 5 technology companies to date. Kerry’s wins and losses have taught him how to find what the market will care about in the context of a solution and not the other way around. Kerry’s product interests tend to be in Enterprise and IoT. Kerry has had a blast working with the ever impressive talent in Southern California and Los Angeles is where he calls home. History: SyncVoice, Servera, RiverBox, TrustedSky, Ripl Networks.

Matthew Foust Regional Manger, Property Management. Overseeing 2M SF of commercial investments in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; Suburban Maryland; and Arlington, VA.

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