As chief technology officer (CTO) at Direct Control, Michael Welzel is responsible for developing the overall technology vision for the company and driving the initiatives and collaboration with technology and business partners of the company.
Michael joined Direct Control after he moved from Europe to New Zealand in 2010. With 35 years’ experience in data collection, process control, building automation and energy management, Michael's expertise is highly regarded internationally. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies.
Introducing sensor-based smart technologies to buildings and other facilities is the initial step towards gaining comprehensive insights into the performance of multiple factors including HVAC, electricity and water consumption, lighting, occupancy and more.
The next, and more important step towards a greater number of intelligent buildings, is the integration and practical use of the data being generated by multiple assets and from hundreds or even thousands of sources.
Michael Welzel will explore the concepts of the Industrial Internet of Things, discuss what data can be generated, how it is transmitted, collected and integrated, and how it can be used by facilities managers in the pursuit of improved efficiency, reduced emissions and lowered operational costs.
Whether a single facility or across a portfolio of properties, Welzel will explain how the Internet of Things is revolutionising building management in New Zealand today.