Jamie Cameron is the director of digital solutions for Johnson Controls and runs the sales, professional services and partnering efforts for the UK. Jamie’s background is from technology focusing on Big Data and Analytics. He has a passion for delivering innovative and disruptive technologies to challenging business problems.

With a first class degree in Management Science from Loughborough University he is a keen footballer, golfer and kite-surfer.

How did you become involved in the Smart Buildings industry?

I have a background in Data Warehousing & Analytics – about 6 years ago I became fascinated with Smart Buildings after developing my own home system running the entire house on a Raspberry pie.

What excites you about the Smart Buildings industry?

Technology advancements and price points bringing Smart to the mass market

Are there any particular technologies that we should be aware of?

Chatbots/Drones/Robots – as a replacement for secretary & security staff

What services does your organisation offer?

Any Building Technology in a building (except lifts & elevators)

Are people aware of the regulations that they will need to comply with in the near future?

Not enough resources for that yet but the current safety and security regulations will still apply

What are the benefits of a smart building?

Enhanced Occupant Experiences and Comfort within the building, Energy & Maintenance Savings

Who has been the biggest influence in your career?

Stephen Brobst (colleague @ Teradata who was Barrack Obama’s Data Advisor) – “Data is the New Oil”

What is the question you are most often asked in your business life?

Who owns the data (the answer is always the customer)

What are the best/worst things about your job?

Best – working with clients. Worst – builders not understanding the value of smart and engineering out the solution to the detriment of the end users

What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?

Focus on the Use Case

What living person do you admire and why?

Elon Musk – tearing up the playbook for a traditional industry

Where would you most like to live?

London – “when a man who is bored of London, he is bored of life”

What is your favourite book?

Nelson Mandela – a long walk to freedom/Shanteram/I am Pilgrim (take your pick)

How do you relax?

Long Cycles/Gardening/Golf/Kite Surfing

What sports team do you support?

Fulham FC

What is your desert island disk?

Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes – Paul Simon

What is your ideal holiday?

Anywhere hot by the sea with friends a family (with a golf course being a plus)