CABA White Papers examine the technologies behind intelligent buildings and the connected home. Recent topics include WPT, PoE, LiFi, and cybersecurity. These reports are written to assist industry stakeholders in making informed decisions about particular products, services and technologies.

Driving the development of CABA White papers are dedicated working groups made up of CABA members and/or non-members. Scroll down for information on how to get involved, and click on a white paper for direct download.


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Contact Marta Klopotowska (klopotowska [at] caba [dot] org) to become involved in any of the following white papers.

Connected Home Cybersecurity Regulations

Chair: John Devlin, P.A.ID. Strategies
Working Group members: AgeLight LLC, BC Hydro, exp. US Services, Inc., LonMark International, Mission Critical Global Alliance (MCGA), National Research Council Canada (NRC), P.A.ID Strategies, Smart Buildings SuperCluster (SBSC), Sustainable Resources Management Inc., TwelveDot Inc., UL LLC. View the proposal here.

Fire Alarm Systems in Buildings

Chair: Suzanne Alfano, Canadian Fire Alarm Association
Working Group members: CFAA, exp. US Services, Mircom Group of Companies. View proposal.

OT Cybersecurity as Applied to Building Automation Systems for Critical Systems

Chair: Jacob Jackson, Mission Critical Global Alliance (CABA Reciprocal Member)
View the proposal at this link.

Impacts of Automated Shading in Building Projects, Pt. II

Chair: Abhijeet Pande, TRC Energy Services
Working Group members: Axis Lighting, Inc. Draper, Inc. exp. US Services, Inc., Ken Wacks Associates, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Legrand, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., Mecho, NYSERDA, PLC Multipoint, Inc., Somfy Systems, Inc., Sustainable Resources Management Inc., Vistar Energy Consulting, Window Products Management. View the proposal at this link.

Power over Ethernet (PoE), Part II

Chair: Luis Suau, Sinclair Digital Holdings
Working Group members: Axis Lighting, Contemporary Control Systems, Energy Metrics LLC, Igor, Inc. Ken Wacks, LumenCache, Inc., Mircom Group of Companies, NEMA, NRCan, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Renesas Electronics America, Sinclair Digital Holdings, Somfy Systems, Inc., Southwire Company, LLC, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), UL LLC. Proposal to come.

Recently Published

Bipolar Ionization and its Contribution to Smart and Safe Buildings

Air ionizers to support IAQ? There has been renewed interest in the topic of late, and this white paper presents results of experiments undertaken to assess the effects of negative and positive ion concentrations utilizing various ionizers (plasma technology) and their effects on building contaminants.


Benefits of Advanced Light Systems on the Human Experience

The authors set out to deepen the control industry’s understanding and involvement in lighting beyond the visual benefits (and potential energy savings). “By wrapping ourselves around all the benefits of advanced lighting systems and controls, we can focus on investment and development of these systems.”


The Commercialization of LiFi

Building architects and engineers are continually evaluating lighting control technologies when planning new or renovated buildings. Adoption of LiFi communications technology can enhance the return on investment in these projects, supporting efficiency and liveablility.


Application of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) in Smart Homes and Buildings

Learn about the key technologies, standards, implementation aspects, and opportunities associated with Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) and its application in smart homes and buildings.


Power-over-Ethernet Basics

Understand PoE’s technical aspects and its requirements for market growth. The paper examines the technology’s current advantages and limitations, and what’s needed in terms of standards creation.


What is Li-Fi?

This white paper explores the differences between Li-Fi and Wi-Fi, IEEE/ ITU standards and link speed, and the technology’s benefits, drawbacks, and applications.


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