Date: February 27, 2019 | Time: 1:00PM CST | Duration: 1 Hour

Understanding IP-Based Networks in the BAS Space

With multiple building systems converging on a common network – and with new IP-based networking options available – it can be challenging to know when and how to leverage these technologies on your BAS platforms. Johnson Controls and Cisco are combining their respective areas of experience and expertise to help bring valuable insights into this rapidly evolving space.

February 27, 2019 1:00PM CST

About the Webinar

Join Johnson Controls and Cisco subject matter experts to understand how to leverage advancements in IP-based technology to optimize building system performance. During this free, one-hour webinar, panelists will discuss:

  • Value of IP-based networks and why facilities teams need to care
  • How to navigate between the IT and OT worlds
  • BAS IP networking options – pros and cons


Chris Lane, Director Product Management, Building Automation Systems, Johnson Controls

Chris Lane joined Johnson Controls in 1992. He has held several positions in Application Engineering, Sales and Product Management. In his current role, Chris leads a team of product managers responsible for the Metasys® product line. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University.

Mel Menke, Senior Product Manager, Johnson Controls

Mel Menke joined Johnson Controls as a Senior Product Manager in 2015 and has over 30 years of experience in the communications technology industry. In his current product management role, Mel is responsible for all styles of communications networking, both wired and wireless. Mel has an associate of electronics technology degree from Indian Hills Community College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Iowa Wesleyan University and an MBA from Roosevelt University.

Mark Schulz, Consulting Solution Architect, Cisco Systems

Mark Schulz is a Solution Architect focusing on the IOT vision for Smart Buildings and is responsible for working with customers and strategic partners to capitalize on the value and benefits of a connected enterprise. Over the past 25 years, Mark has worked with manufacturing, industrial, public sector and retail customers, connecting line of business initiatives with technology solutions. Mark has a master of science in management information system from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mike Austin, Director, Digital Transformation Focus Partners, Cisco Systems

With over 20 years’ experience around architectural selling with applications, storage and data center environments, Mike is responsible for driving the central strategy around the technology and commercial focus areas for Cisco’s Global Transformation Focus partners in EMEAR, APJC, and the Americas. He is also responsible for the full 360 degree relationship including; go-to-market strategy, technology solutions, channel alignment, marketing strategy and Executive Relationships. Mike is a graduate of University California Davis, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, emphasizing on World Trade, and a Minor in Political Science.