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EMAIL INTERVIEW – Anto Budiardjo and Ken Sinclair
Anto Budiardjo, CEO Anka Labs, Inc.
Sinclair: Good to see you at AHR, how was the show for you?
Budiardjo: It was my
first AHR in years. In many ways the bulk of the show hasn’t changed,
the Controls and Automation area seemed busy. I’m glad I attended.
Sinclair: What was your main take away?
Budiardjo: The BAS
industry is embarking on the tricky but important transition to a
data-centric world. Many of the products shown had hints of this, but
it was most notable away from the show floor.
Sinclair: You mean the educational sessions?
Budiardjo: Yes, many of
the sessions discussed this trend. We’re in the navigation phase of
this change; people are trying to understand the landscape, to create
their own roadmap of how to move forward.
Sinclair: Interesting, any specific example?
Budiardjo: The session
you moderated where I spoke, was really about “what is the edge?” While
the edge is a key concept for our future, the humble DDC is actually
the [old] edge, so we’ve been living on the edge for years. It’s just
that going forward, the DDC needs to be much more data-aware and better
participate in the whole edge-to-cloud system for the purpose of
Sinclair: So, what needs to change?
Budiardjo: The network
infrastructure needs to be changed to be predominantly IP, and we’re
making good progress there. Beyond that, the DDC itself needs to be
reimagined to be a much more important component in managing and
serving data. The trick is to do this while keeping the key
functionality of the real-time controller of equipment.
Sinclair: Is that the purpose of your work at Anka Labs?
Budiardjo: Yes, the
software we are working on, AnkaDOS, runs on devices that we call EAC
(Edge Analytics Controllers). EAC’s are first and foremost designed to
be an easily configured and wickedly good Sedona-based controller that
saves on installation and commissioning labor, thanks to Haystack and
some of our magic! And, it does this while performing sophisticated
analytics functions right there on the edge, thanks to our partnership
Sinclair: What is the status of AnkaDOS?
Budiardjo: We are going
into Alpha test phase right now. At AHR in Chicago, we previewed the
Alpha to a room full of some of the best integrators and energy
consultants around. The feedback was solid; we are oversubscribed on
requests to be part of our Alpha program.
Sinclair: What kind of feedback did you get?
Budiardjo: Someone in
the audience noted the need for a standard Operating System for BAS
devices, and that AnkaDOS fits the bill perfectly. I couldn't agree
more, that is exactly our vision.
Sinclair: You also participated in the New Deal, how does AnkaDOS fit there?
Anto: The New Deal launch at AHR was a major milestone to the datafication of BAS, especially the release of the CABA white paper.
AnkaDOS fits right into that vision as a component that facilitates
standardized and tagged data to feed the digital twin in the cloud, a
key tenet of the New Deal.
Sinclair: And I saw you did a webinar from AHR with Memoori?
Budiardjo: Yes, it was a great webinar that captures much of what we are talking about here. Your readers can watch the YouTube of it here, or a podcast of it on SoundCloud here.
Sinclair: It should be a great 2018!
Budiardjo: Yes indeed, at Anka Labs, we are looking forward to releasing AnkaDOS and helping the industry move forward with datafication.
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