President & CEO
Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)
Ron Zimmer President & CEO of CABA is committed to achieving the organization’s vision:
“CABA advances the connected home and intelligent buildings sectors.”
Mr. Zimmer joined CABA in 1997 working with industry leaders who promote integrated systems and home/building automation throughout the world. CABA’s members include manufacturers, dealers, installers, service providers, energy utilities, builders, consultants, research organizations, publishers, educational institutions, governments, associations and content providers.
In addition to working closely with the CABA Board of Directors, Ron is actively involved with a number of industry committees/councils including the CABA Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council, CABA Connected Home Council, and represents CABA on the Automation Federation Board of Directors. He is also on the Advisory Board for IBcon, an intelligent buildings conference hosted by Realcomm.
He was instrumental in establishing the CABA XML and Web Services Committee (oBIX), which now resides with OASIS. He was also on the transition team that integrated the Internet Home Alliance into CABA, which became CABA’s Connected Home Research Council.
Ron is a Certified Association Executive with 30 years of Association Management experience. He has authored a number of articles and documents including, “Smart Communities: A Concept Paper,” and he regularly makes presentations on integrated buildings and home/building automation at industry events.
Printable Electronics in Connected Homes and Intelligent Buildings
Intelligent Buildings and Connected Homes are, or will be, equipped with some form of building automation system (BAS), controlled with a distributed computer network via Ethernet and wireless communication. Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, security and fire systems are all controlled by a BAS, to improve occupant comfort and operational efficiency, and to reduce energy consumption and operating costs. The next generation of these systems is taking advantage of new technology, including devices and applications enabled with printable electronics, flexible electronics and smart materials , to go steps further, for remote monitoring and control of building systems. For example, inexpensive sensors that are printed and put on walls, or even printed into wall panels, can provide data on heating, airflow etc. without any wiring, to allow for “smart” rebalancing of heating or cooling system operation. Smart touch pads can replace switches. People can be authenticated through wearable intelligent bands, so no more lost access cards. Existing room sensors, such as those that turn lights on or off when people come and go, can be replaced with PE alternatives. PE can also enable brand new applications. Examples of these new applications are photovoltaic windows that will allow a building to generate its own electricity, transparent displays that can turn glass walls into multimedia platforms, and inventory management systems that can track goods tagged with intelligent labeling as they leave or enter the premises.
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