Smart Building IoT Center of Excellence Panel (SBIoTCoE)


The world has never thought about physical space as much as it did in 2020. Where we will work, where we will shop and where we will live is going to change and IoT will have the answers. Many organizations and government agencies have recommendations for distancing, air quality but it will be up to industry to deliver solutions that truly make the world safe again.

Commercial office buildings, schools, universities, restaurants, places of worship, hospitality and all other building types must find innovative solutions to drive people back to their buildings. Many industry organizations, government agencies, and others have developed recommendations / requirements for cleaning, distancing, air filtration & flow along with other mitigation efforts to make the building safer.

Building IoT (BIoT) will play a key role in meeting these requirements with sensors, monitors, touch-free devices, counters and much more. This panel will explore the role IoT devices will play in speeding the safer return to buildings. We will explore the many use cases from occupancy sensing, monitoring, notification, and indoor air quality both from a hardware and software perspective.


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.

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.

Kerry Shih is 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.

Journey Williams has over 20 years of direct building system integration experience and currently is the SVP Business Development at Tapa, a recent spinoff company of Smart Building Technologies (SmartBT) in Washington DC. SmartBT provides the latest in computerized and intelligent control systems which monitor and control all mechanical, lighting, and other components in new and outdated buildings. For years, SmartBT has provided installations, service, and maintenance on building automation, tenant electrical sub-metering, lighting control, and variable frequency drives (VFD). Recently they have been specializing in the future of smart buildings including full cross platform integration and app development using mostly Tridium and Distech Controls HVAC Control Platforms. Journey earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam NY.

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