ETA Distinguished Lecture: Development and Deployment of Large Scale Building Management Systems to Deliver Energy Efficiency — A View to Emerging Technology, Markets and Business Models
Building automation systems have long been at the core controlling most large scale buildings. They are most often used to control and monitor the HVAC systems, lighting and security. Now a series of new capabilities and business models are emerging (from multiple vendors) which promise to deliver additional efficiencies through better integration of both traditional and new elements. Building analytics, work place efficiency, connectivity to the grid and connectivity to business systems are all taking shape to empower a new generation of smart efficient buildings. In this presentation we will examine the market today and where we see the technology may be heading.
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Chief Technology Officer, Schneider Electric
Barry Coflan is a Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Schneider Electric's EcoBuilding Division within the Partner Business. He is a member of the EcoBuilding Executive Committee, Schneider Electric Leadership Council, as well as, the Global Innovation and Technology Council. Coflan also serves on the not for profit board of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership and the Design Lights Consortium — together focused on energy efficiency.
Mr. Coflan has held several leadership functions for Schneider during the past 20 years including; General Management, R&D, Marketing and Strategic Segment Development. During his tenure leading the Building Management Line of Business he was in charge of the development of Schneider's flagship SmartStruxure Building Management System. The target for this global platform is large scale buildings (greater than 10,000 square meters in size). Most recently Barry has been focusing on advancing the company's Internet of Things (IoT) strategy including into large scale, midsized and residential buildings.
Barry began his career in technology during the 1980's where he has held leadership positions in Industrial Control, Super Computing, Building Automation, Telecommunications and Software Development. Coflan joined Modicon (now part of Schneider Electric Industry) in 1983. In 1995, he launched a software venture which he divested in 2000. He rejoined Schneider Electric's — Building Automation Business in 2006.
His professional interests include; technology innovation, mergers and acquisition, leading large global R&D projects, and development of mission critical solutions that drive efficiency for customers and a more sustainable planet.
Coflan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University and a Masters Degree in Bioinformatics from Brandeis University. He is certified as a Safe Agilest and is presently Schneider Electric's executive sponsor for Boston University and is sponsoring collaboration with HKUST and MIT on IoT innovation.