Switch Automation’s Peter Rake will head up the Seattle office.

14 August 2013 — Australian building information company Switch Automation has expanded its operations in the US, opening a second West Coast office in Seattle.

The company provides building automation and energy management solutions for commercial, industrial and residential properties through a cloud-based global framework, and now has close to 1000 buildings on four continents using its technology.

Chief executive Deb Noller said the new office would serve the company’s clients in the Pacific Northwest and will be headed up by chief operations officer Peter Rake.

“We have seen building owners in Seattle realise the time and cost-saving benefits of the Switch platform,” she said.

“For this reason we have placed our most senior operations person, Peter Rake, into Seattle to work with more than 1.5 million square feet of buildings that have already signed up to utilise data from the Switch Smart Hub and to meet the needs of new customers.

“Peter will lead our effort in the Northwest to deliver the power of cloud computing to monitor, analyse and control buildings, along with facilitate energy efficiency improvements for building owners, managers and tenants.”

Switch was recently awarded a contract to provide a data acquisition and monitoring platform for more than 120 buildings in the Seattle 2030 District.

The Seattle Office of Economic Development’s green business manager Charlie Cunniff said he looked forward to working with the company and supporting its growth.

“We’ve been meeting with Switch Automation for the past several months and are pleased that such an innovative technology company has chosen Seattle for its first permanent US office,” he said.

The company, which has grown to 15 staff in recent times, has offices in Australia, the US and Singapore.