February 2011 - The Contemporary Controls' staff that manned the booth at AHR Expo 2011 in Las Vegas missed all the snow in Chicago. Although Chicago traffic on Lake Shore Drive was totally closed down, the traffic at the show was excellent. It was one of the best shows we ever had. Even the traffic on the last day of the show kept us in our boot,h preventing us to wander around the show floor. The building automation industry is alive and well with attendance at AHR Expo at 54,000 registered HVACR professionals (over 34,000 attendees and 20,000 exhibitor personnel).
One advantage of trade shows is that we get the opportunity to learn first hand what our customers seek in a product. Although we can explain our concept of Building on BACnet: Connecting Devices to an IP Infrastructure, it's customers who validate our message. Using their experiences installing systems, they provide invaluable recommendations on how best to approach a connectivity or control system problem. Their ideas and suggestions become incorporated into our next designs. Customers want to remotely monitor their buildings with either wired or wireless networks and found our Skorpion IP Router and Skorpion Cellular Router to be interesting. Both can be used to access the Internet but the Cellular Router uses the cellular network for the connection. Several customers came by to say they are using our BAS Router - finding the product a cost-effective way to attach BACnet MS/TP devices to BACnet/IP.
We may not recognize all our customers who come to our booth but they know us saying they are already on our mailing list. Many like the information in our Learning Center. System integrators cannot be experts on all subjects so we write short articles on specific technologies to aid understanding. We received several nice compliments on what we produce and how it is organized.
For those who took the time to visit us we thank you. See you next year when AHR Expo returns to Chicago – hopefully without 20 inches of snow!