Dave Hopping
President and CEO
Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Chicago

We spend roughly 90 percent of our time indoors, so shouldn't we expect more from the buildings that we live in, work in and relax in every day? Traditionally, buildings have been perceived as costly and even risky environments to invest in and maintain. However, buildings today, when properly planned and operated, can actively contribute to the success of the people within them and create competitive advantages for the businesses who rely on them. With advanced smart building solutions, they can aid in the experience and productivity of individuals, create safer, more resilient environments and generate efficiencies in the way they are operated. Some of the world's leading practices are making these newly elevated expectations possible. Real-world opportunities are being enabled and happening all around us. The smart building journey, whether in the early stages of planning a new building or contemplating a retrofit to an existing building, begins with long-term objectives.