04/13/2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm America/New York Timezone
The Tower Club
100 SE 3rd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394
SFTA Members $52, Non-members $65 - Dinner, Presentation, Valet Parking, Cash bar

You are invited to join the SFTA and ASHRAE for a not-to-be-missed revealing and illuminating deep-dive panel discussion into “The Internet of Things”

We will uncover exactly what it is and how it will affect you and your business in the near future.

Your ticket price includes: Dinner, Presentation, Valet Parking and Cash bar!


What exactly is the “Internet of things” and what impact is it going to have on you, the buildings you design, manage, own or occupy?  Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). ASHRAE’s Gold Coast Chapter is hosting an Internet of Things (IoT) Panel Discussion with corporate representatives from Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Siemens and Trane each giving their views on topics and issues relating to the IoT,  and answering your questions.

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What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

The “Internet of things” (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. It’s a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work and the facilities in which we work. But what exactly is the “Internet of things” and what impact is it going to have on you, the buildings you design, manage, own or occupy?  Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from your facilities doors, lighting, air conditioning, cellphones, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of.  By 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices. That’s a lot of connections (some even estimate this number to be much higher, over 100 billion).  The IoT is a giant network of connected “things” (which also includes people).  The relationship will be between people-people, people-things, and things-things.

Why Now?

Broadband Internet is become more widely available, the cost of connecting is decreasing, more devices are being created with Wi-Fi capabilities and sensors built into them, technology costs are going down, and smartphone penetration is sky-rocketing.  All of these things are creating a “perfect storm” for the IoT.

How Does This Impact You?

The new rule for the future is going to be, “Anything that can be connected, will be connected.” But why on earth would you want so many connected devices talking to each other? There are many examples for what this might look like or what the potential value might be. Say for example you are on your way to a meeting; your car could have access to your calendar and already know the best route to take. If the traffic is heavy your car might send a text to the other party notifying them that you will be late. As you walk up to the facilities front door, the security guard already knew you were near by using geotracking, and has you registered as a guest. Your iPhone now acts as your access card and allows you to unlock doors via an app.  The wayfinding app on your phone now shows you an interactive map of the facility showing you your destination and current position.  Once inside your meeting room this same phone can let you either send the building management a message that you are warm or too cool or in some instances let you adjust the environmental conditions yourself.  What if your environment control system detects an equipment failure using cloud based software analytics in advance of the building becoming uncomfortable and notifies your staff or service provide to effect repairs?  What if the wearable device you used in the workplace could tell you when and where you were most active and productive and shared that information with other devices that you used while working?


The reality is that the IoT allows for virtually endless opportunities and connections to take place, many of which we can’t even think of or fully understand the impact of today. It’s not hard to see how and why the IoT is such a hot topic today; it certainly opens the door to a lot of opportunities but also to many challenges. Security is a big issue that is oftentimes brought up. With billions of devices being connected together, what can people do to make sure that their information stays secure? Will someone be able to hack into your coffee maker and thereby get access to your entire network? The IoT also opens up companies all over the world to more security threats. Then we have the issue of privacy and data sharing. Another issue that many companies specifically are going to be faced with is around the massive amounts of data that all of these devices are going to produce. Companies need to figure out a way to store, track, analyze and make sense of the vast amounts of data that will be generated.

Who Should Attend

The IoT will affect us all in the very near future. It will infiltrate both our personal and professional lives and affect how we conduct business. That means you!


Stephen Henigman, Product Manager Digital Services, Siemens Building Technologies

Stephen has been with Siemens Building Technologies for 9 years and is a National Product Manager with a focus on developing products and service offerings for the smart buildings market. His primary responsibility includes the oversight of Siemens cloud based enterprise energy management system, Navigator, with a focus on big data analytics and Fault Detection & Diagnostics (FDD). From strategic planning to the release of products and offerings he serves as an IOT domain expert working to identify market trends, develop the vision and employ commercialization strategies. Areas of expertise include energy efficiency, fault detection, remote services, big data analytics and the intersection of cloud technology with the traditional building automation system.

Prior to his work with Siemens, Stephen received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Ronald Mitchem, Customer Consultant Emerging Markets & Technologies, Honeywell Building Solutions

With over 35 years of experience in all facets of building systems, Starting his career at M&E Sales, a local Maryland Systems Integrator, which were the first Certified Echelon System Integrators, and first Tridium Systems Integrators in the industry.. Working integration projects world-wide, Ron and M&E Sales forged new territory in promoting open systems and the importance of integration and convergence before it was in the mainstream market focus. Joining Honeywell in 1998, Ron was General Manager of the Honeywell acquired 15 million dollar integration, energy, and service business. Ron led the development of Advanced Solutions Business within Honeywell.  As Advanced Solutions Leader, Ron managed sales support and operational support for regional business with marketing programs for advanced software applications. Ron moved to a Field Marketing role to identify new market opportunities and support regional sales offices in the development of those opportunities. Acting as Voice of the Customers to shape our offerings and market initiatives. Developed Life Sciences Market offerings for Honeywell. Member ISPE Task Group for Building Control Systems for Validated Industries adopted in GAMP 5. Ron and a team of people created the first BACnet offering for Honeywell, trademarked ComfortPoint.

Richard Washburn, Forensic Analyst Computer Forensics and Electronic Discovery practice, Marcum

Richard has been an advisor in the technology sector for more than 15 years. In his years as a forensic analyst, Richard has worked with organizations throughout the electronic discovery process, including in the penetration of locked devices, such as cellular phones and tablets.

His areas of expertise include computer forensics, e-mail systems and deleted e-mail recovery, data mining, data analysis network security and UNIX/Linux and Windows system administration.

Richard provides expertise with IT system administration. He assists clients with network related issues and serves as a primary resource to configure, install, support, and maintain all standard Local Area Network, Wide Area Network, and external network hardware, software, and related protocols. He is a primary resource to troubleshoot all non-routine problems associated with personal computers, peripherals, servers, and LAN-WAN-external network connectivity.

Richard has worked with clients in the health care sector to design and build HIPPA compliant electronic medical records (EMR) software for web-based applications. Additionally, he has assisted clients with the ongoing maintenance of these systems.

Paul McMurphy, Director of Digital Solution, Trane

Paul leads a diverse team developing innovative ways to combine traditional products and services with premier software applications user experience. Paul has more than 20 years of customer centric solutions through teams and technology development in a wide range of vertical markets, technologies and user interfaces leveraging a range from embedded to cloud platforms.

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