Smart Cities Are Taking Notes From Smart Buildings

Posted by: on Aug 16, 2017 in Articles, Energy Managment, RBCG Blog | No Comments

This report featured in the August 2017 issue of the ASHRAE Journal newsletter looks the challenges smart cities such as San Diego face in their efforts to become smarter cities. ASHRAE Member, Ron Bernstein contributes to this report drawing comparisons and sharing lessons-learned from the building automation industry in terms of control network and device integration, cyber security risks, and data management.

Read the full article here.

Smart City Connected Streetlighting Webinar

Posted by: on Jun 19, 2015 in Webinar | No Comments


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How smart is your city?

Please join me along with Sierra Wireless where we will discuss new opportunities for connected cities using broadband communications and a vision for new solutions.

With 300 million street lights in the world today and LED new installations or retrofits gaining strong momentum, connected street lighting is expected to reach up to 38 percent of the total street light market by 2025 (Northeast Group).

Street lighting is central to a broader smart city vision that municipalities are starting to embrace in order to reduce energy and operational costs.


  • Date: Wed, Jul 8, 2015
  • Time: 08:00 AM PDT
  • Duration: 1 hour

Sign up now and learn about:

  1. The opportunity for connected street lighting
  2. State of the art connected system architectures
  3. Broadband cellular communication systems and how cellular enables greater return on investment for lighting infrastructures

Register here

Presenter Information

Ron Bernstein, President: RBCG, LLC and Director, Smart Buildings Institute

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Mr. Bernstein is President of RBCG, LLC providing consulting services to organizations needing help navigating their energy and automation strategy. Ron has over 30 years of experience in industrial, commercial and residential automation and controls technologies.


Remy Marcotorchino, Marketing Director, Industrial Solutions

Remy Head ShotRemy Marcotorchino is Director, Marketing and Market Strategy at Sierra Wireless, with worldwide responsibilities in the industrial and security vertical markets. Prior to joining Sierra Wireless, he held positions in Fortune 500 companies including Texas Instruments, Sanmina SCI and Alcatel.

AHR Dallas 2013 – 2 Days of Educational Free Seminars, Industry Reception

AHR Expo will be held in Dallas, TX starting Monday January 28, 2013. Once again LonMark will be hosting two full days of free educational programs. I will be speaking on the EASI (Enterprise Application Standard Interface) project, The 3-Tier specification model, and, along with Mike Gibson, discussing the value of an open profile model for devices, sub-systems, and systems. All sessions will be held in Room D163 of the Dallas Convention Center. For a full program description see:

On Tuesday I will be moderating an industry forum panel discussing with BACnet, LonMark, OpenADR, Climatalk, EnOcean and CABA with a focus on industry issues, challenges and opportunities for collaboration.

LonMark’s booth is 960. Stop by if your at the show.

ICEBO Conference – Manchester UK Oct 23-25, 2012

Manchester’s Salford University hosted this years International Conference for Enhanced Building Operations on October 23-25. Over 120 registered attendees participated in the event which presented the latest technical, research, and industry advancements in the field of building automation, energy management, energy efficiency, operational efficiency, and related topics. It has been an honor to be part of this conference, founded by Texas A&M University’s Energy Research Labs. I’ve served on the Technical Advisory Board for the past 3 years.

I presented a paper entitled, “The Role of the Owners Rep for Energy Performance and Control” where I discussed the process and methodology for getting from vision to implementation for building energy and control projects.

Additionally I facilitated a half-day workshop (from the ICEBO Program):

Sustainability through Intelligent Controls

Building management and control systems are vital to any sustainable facility project. Intelligent networked controls systems enable devices to share information with each other, with a host monitoring system, and with other higher-level enterprise applications. Discussion will cover:

Introduction to Energy Efficiency Through Intelligent Controls
Elements of an Open Controls Platform
Control Networking Communication, Protocols, and Interoperability
Enterprise Applications, Cloud Computing, and System Security
Specification Development Requirements
The Changing Contractor World
Introducing the Three-Tier Building Automation System Spec
Energy and Cost Savings – Use Case Examples
Tools, Resources and Standards
The instructor is Mr. Ron Bernstein, President, RBCG, LLC and Chief Ambassador, LonMark International.

The 2013 ICEBO conference will be hosted by CanmetEnergy in Montreal, Canada.

CABA Home Forum – October 10-11, San Diego

Moderating a session on the future of home automation, devices and services. CABA and Qualcomm are hosting this event in La Jolla CA. For more info see: