Starting Your Smart Lab Journey

Jim Coogan, Siemens Smart Infrastructure
Paul Fuson, Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Life science organizations face increasingly difficult challenges in today's environment, from meeting changing regulations, improving energy efficiency and attracting young scientists, to protecting workers' health and safety, and reducing costs, all while increasing speed to market. Laboratory owners and managers are forced to examine designs and operating procedures from a fresh perspective. Smart Building tools of Digitalization and the Internet of Things (IoT) enable us to leverage technological innovations and data to meet these challenges, to make our lab buildings better.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the challenges labs currently face and how to use IoT and digitalization in a Smart Lab;
  • Walk through real-life scenarios of how IoT can help regulate exposure risk by tracking and assessing risk, as well as provide private contact tracing and asset tracking;
  • Understand how IoT and digitalization are impacting the way laboratories are managed/operated and the drivers behind the need for more intelligent infrastructure; and
  • Review the benefits of implementing Smart Lab infrastructure.


Jim Coogan, P.E., is a Principal in product development at Siemens. In 40 years designing controls for mechanical systems, he has contributed to products ranging from room controllers to Internet-based interfaces. More than 20 patents resulted from this work. Jim has chaired several ASHRAE committees and leads the committee currently revising the Z9.5 Laboratory Ventilation standard.

Paul Fuson is the National Business Development Manager for the Life Science Center of Competence at Siemens Intelligent Infrastructure. In his current position, Paul manages sales and business development efforts focused on Life Science and Laboratory markets in across North America. Paul holds an MBA, BS Mechanical Engineering, and BS Physics, and has 36 years in building controls industry.


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