Monday, May 12, 2008

Seminar: The Nuts and Bolts of Smart Buildings

Registered with American Institutes of Architects

DSW, along with Cisco Systems and our partners will co-host a seminar on Smart Buildings on June 19th in Long Beach, California.

This program will provide simple, straight-forward information on smart buildings for commercial real estate property managers and technology industry leaders. Both new development and existing buildings will be addressed. The program covers the economics of the approach, and the basic design foundations, technology systems, and management systems associated with a smart building. Beyond the technical aspects of smart buildings, participants will learn about the financial metrics of smart and green buildings. A specific approach to existing buildings will also be presented that involves energy conservation, technology amenities and efficient facility management. Participants will be able to identify the systems, their interrelationships and the financial impact of smart buildings.

The presentation is registered with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and participants will be provided a certificate for Continuing Education for AIA or other cooperating organizations.

Connected Real Estate comprises solutions that focus on the convergence of IT and building systems onto a common IP infrastructure, reducing operating costs and improving productivity. Key topics at the seminar include both business and technology ranging from understanding the value of connected buildings, energy efficiency, green facilities, building – IT convergence, current architectures, existing and upcoming technologies to name a few.

DSW and Cisco will demonstrate how IP technology can:

Reduce the capital expenditure on constructing a new building

Reduce the costs of building operation

Increase security and staff productivity

Offer owners and tenants flexible and adaptable working environments

Generate new revenue streams

Green buildings and synergies related to real estate and technology in carbon reduction

Attendees will learn how the IP network is emerging as the 4th utility, delivering more services and increasing productivity while also reducing costs.


Real estate and technology industry leaders


Parker’s Lighthouse – 5:30pm start followed by dinner and harbor cruise on a private yacht

Address: Parker's Lighthouse at 435 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA. 90802


James Sinopoli, Managing Principal, RCDD, PE

For over 25 years, Mr. Sinopoli has worked extensively on projects involving the configuration and optimization of technology systems and networks. Mr. Sinopoli has facilitated the design, engineering and implementation of several hundred building technology systems. His expertise includes assessment, programming, detailed design, procurement and project management. Mr. Sinopoli has spoken on numerous occasions at conferences and seminars focusing on high technology issues and has received the “Harry J. Pfister” award from the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI).

Mr. Sinopoli has experience in the healthcare, corporate, education, manufacturing, finance and government industry sectors. His clients have included Fortune 100 corporations, the US Postal Service, the US Air Force, major K-12 school districts throughout the county, statewide university systems, airports and ports, the Internal Revenue System, large private and public hospitals, technology companies, and nationwide developers. His international experience includes projects in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa.

Mr. Sinopoli's educational credits include a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University and a M.A. in Applied Science and Management from Governor's State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Registered Communications Distribution Designer, and a registered Continuing Education Provider for architects, School Board Members and others, and a published author in numerous industry publications. He currently is engaged with the Building Industry Consulting Services International association in authoring part of their new manual titled “Electronic Safety and Security Systems”. In 2006 he published a book titled “Smart Buildings”.

Robert E. Gary, Jr., Principal, Smart Buildings

Mr. Gary has over 20 years experience in different sales and strategic planning roles across several different industries. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies and start-up organizations. For the past year he has worked exclusively in the Smart Building arena working with a variety of clients including Mixed-Use Developers, Office Buildings, Hospitals, and Educational. Prior to joining Smart Buildings, Mr. Gary was responsible for placing a company on the Inc. 500, fastest growing privately help companies in the US.

Mr. Gary’s educational background includes a B.A. from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.

Mike Mogavero, Executive Vice President, Data Systems Worldwide

The head of DSW’s Sales and Marketing operations, Mike is responsible for managing the DSW sales support organization that maintains client relationships to deliver DSW solutions that are based on our four strategic practice areas: Intelligent Facilities, Intelligent Networks, Intelligent Security and Intelligent Data Centers. Previously, Mike has led DSW’s Consulting Services organization, managed development services, technical support, and the information consulting group’s delivery of services to improve and maintain client satisfaction. The brain behind DSW’s iSpeed consulting methodology, Mike is currently a member of the Cisco Connected Real Estate program and has served on several of the industry’s elite advisory boards, including Sun Microsystems Java Council, Sun Microsystems Pacific Coast Advisory Council, Oracle Advisory Council, and CMP Media Member Council. Prior to joining DSW, Mike worked the City of Portland, Oregon for the Bureau of Housing and Community Development.

Mike holds a Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon.

Jonathan Cowen, Partner Technologist, Panduit Corporation

Jonathan has worked for Panduit for the past 5 years as both a Datacom Specialist and a Channel Manager. His past work experience includes with working in distribution and system integration. In his current position he works to develop strategies for system integrators and customer by showing them how to achieve increased operational excellence in building automation.

Cisco Systems Speaker, TBD

To Register to Attend (Attendance is by invitation only):

To express your interest in attending, please call Dan Lake at (818)226-1739 or email

DSW Practice: Connected Real Estate


DSW is working closely with the Cisco Connected Real Estate (CRE) team at Cisco along with building developers and controls manufacturers to bring converged facilities applications to markets. CRE comprises solutions that focus on the convergence of IT and building systems onto a common IP infrastructure, reducing operating costs and improving productivity. Cisco Connected Real Estate creates a framework designed to create value for building and campus occupants. An 'intelligent' connected building uses an integral network to reduce capital and operating expenditures for key stakeholders over the building's lifecycle and creates more productive and flexible workplaces through scalable collaboration, mobility and remote connectivity tools.

Connected Real Estate is the embodiment of that revolution. It harnesses the power of Internet Protocol (IP) to turn traditional building construction and management paradigms on their heads. In so doing CCRE will bring huge financial and operational advantages not only to the construction, real estate and property services industries.

Until recently, the network was acknowledged as merely pervasive but now, with the advent of Internet Protocol (IP), it has become ubiquitous. Today, global business and the public sector cannot operate without it. Real estate – from terraced houses and towering office blocks to shopping malls and sprawling airports – is all interconnected. In fact alongside water, gas and electricity the network has acquired its own utility status.

Cisco Connected Real Estate (CCRE) takes that network utility into the very foundation of modern buildings, driven by two rapidly coalescing market forces:

The emergence of Ethernet-based multi-function building automation systems – bringing together separate applications such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), physical security and access, energy, lighting, and fire and safety.

The convergence of multimedia voice, video and data services onto unitary IP-based infrastructures –bringing together separate technology-specific and proprietary networks.

The problem that CRE addresses is that currently most buildings and campuses today are constructed with multiple proprietary networks to run systems such as HVAC, security and access, energy, lighting, and fire and safety as well as separate voice and data telecommunications networks. As a result we see buildings that are complex to operate, with high installation, integration and ongoing maintenance costs, and limited automation functionality. The CRE framework promotes the convergence of these numerous networks onto the open standard of IP to streamline processes by providing a single connection for all building and IT systems.

CRE leverages the Cisco Service-Oriented Network Architecture (SONA) architecture. More than ever, IT organizations are under pressure to improve profitability with technology implementations linked to business objectives. Cisco believes that as the backbone for IT communications, the network element of enterprise architecture is increasingly critical.

As the backbone for IT communications, the network element SONA is Cisco's architectural approach for designing advanced network capabilities into your infrastructure. SONA provides guidance, best practices, and blueprints for connecting network services to applications to enable business solutions.

A primary benefit of Cisco SONA is in standardizing and consolidating IT infrastructure, a proven way to reduce TCO for enterprises. Industry research by Gartner and others has shown that operational costs constitute 80 percent or more of the TCO over the lifecycle of the asset. Standardization is known to save operational costs: a study of large enterprises by the Hackett Group showed that companies that have implemented standards for vendors, technologies, networks, applications, and data have operations costs 23 percent lower than other companies. These savings are due to improvements in IT efficiency—more IT services delivered per unit of IT resource.

Cisco: Ruggedized Router Extends Network Edge to New Frontier

Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CSCO) has announced the Cisco 3200 Series Mobile Access Router See edge router and remote access router., a new solution optimized for mobile vehicular applications that pioneers a shift in the way organizations communicate and share information across wireless networks. The Cisco 3200 Series Mobile Access Router facilitates mobility of networks in motion--entire networks of communication devices in moving vehicles such as airplanes, ships, tanks and trains--and is designed for "always-on" connectivity.

The Cisco 3200 Series is a compact, high-performance access router that is designed to provide industry-leading security in data, voice and video communications, and seamless mobility and interoperability. Enabled by standards-based Mobile IP An IP enhancement that provides forwarding of traffic to moving users. It uses agents in the user's home network and in all foreign networks. When logging on to a remote network, users register their presence with the foreign agent, and the home agent forwards the packets to the remote network., the Cisco 3200 Series extends the edge of the IP network, delivering new, mission-critical applications for the defense, public safety and commercial transportation markets. Mobile Networks, a feature in Cisco IOS Software, further extends the value of Mobile IP by allowing an entire network, not just a single client, to stay connected while in motion.

The Cisco Mobile Access Router addresses the key communications challenges faced by users who require access to information, regardless of movement or location. These challenges include the requirements for seamless mobility while roaming among wireless networks; unique power, size and weight specifications to fit equipment in vehicles; maintaining network security policies; and interoperability between the networks and applications of different organizations or agencies. The Cisco 3200 Series addresses these needs with features that are designed to maximize "always-on"--or uninterrupted and secure connectivity--for personnel and organizations that require real-time access to mission-critical information while in motion.

The Cisco Mobile Access Router supports Cisco's vision for network-centric mobility by enabling the evolution of standards-based IP communications with uninterrupted access to information for networks in motion. With this communications transformation, public safety personnel, for example, can now make real-time, and often life-saving decisions with information at their fingertips. This real-time access empowers personnel to make faster, better, more informed decisions, ultimately increasing their productivity and effectiveness in the field.

Today, rich applications such as IP video surveillance, mug shot and fingerprint scanners, law enforcement data systems, and government agency databases can now be accessed in real-time by agency, field, and headquarters personnel.

"We all know the world of emergency response has changed," said Sergeant Dean Zanone of the Seal Beach, California, Police Department, a Cisco 3200 Series customer. "Responding appropriately requires the best available communication technologies. Ubiquitous, IP-based wireless communications, incorporating Cisco's mobile access router, provides us the real-time information that we need to properly deploy our considerable resources and meet any challenge."

The Cisco 3200 Series Mobile Access Router is a complete mobile networking solution designed for incorporation into customized communications systems that are installed by system integrators for mobile vehicular environments, such as land, air and sea. Cisco has teamed with Data Systems Worldwide to deliver the Cisco 3200 Series to defense, public safety and transportation customers.