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INBAC - Stronger and smarter together

A great response from the audience in India and around the world.
We had 682 registrations and 222 participants live during the panel discussion.

 
 sakhee

Sakhee Chandrayan

President of INBAC

https://www.inbac.org/

EMAIL INTERVIEW – Sakhee Chandrayan President of INBAC & Ken Sinclair



                    


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Sinclair - Hi Sakhee! First of all, congratulations to you and the INBAC team for organizing your first successful building automation panel discussion.

Chandrayan – Thank you, Ken! It was indeed a great response from the audience in India and around the world. We had 682 registrations and 222 participants live during the panel discussion. The kind of discussions and Q&A that followed convinced us of the growth of the building automation sector in India. Great teamwork by INBAC and BACnet International, the panelists and the audience. We all are together in this!

Sinclair – Can you tell us about the panelists? We saw that you had stakeholders representing important sectors of the building automation arena.

Chandrayan – That’s an accurate observation. It was a deliberate effort to bring together panelists representing various stakes in the building automation domain. We had the honor of having amazing panelists discussing two prominent topics: Building Automation and India!

Mr. Viswanathan – a building automation user with extensive work in designing and managing huge facilities for Capgemini

Mr. Andy McMillan – an international thought leader and corporate strategist, with extensive work in the evolution of the industry from proprietary to open standards, and President and Managing Director of BACnet International

Mr. Bhupesh Arora - Director of Digital Energy, Schneider Electric, where he commands an army dedicated to making buildings into holistic digital experiences

Mr. Vinayak Sane – BMS consultant in India, who has worked for various banking & financial organizations, stadiums, healthcare & hospitality projects, ITES and SEZ infrastructures, data centers, residential and corporate offices, and retail industry across PAN India

All had profound insight, presence and deep understanding of ethnicity and industry in the context of India. The panelists completed a full circle for every topic of discussion, and the audience responded very well.

Sinclair – What were the highlights of the panel discussion?

Chandrayan – There was a great deal of discussion covering the evolution of building automation in India right up to global standards and the global collaborations happening now.

Below are some of the important points that came from these discussions.

# Open standards with the focus on interoperability are crucial for solution synergy.

# All stakeholders in the value chain have a prominent role to play. The industry can flourish only when the stakeholders collaborate.

# For collaborations we need a champion, and we need a platform where we can listen to our users’ needs.

# Such a collaboration platform helps the industry to be stronger and smarter together.
 

Sinclair – What are the next steps for INBAC?

Chandrayan – This is an important time for building automation in India. As rightly pointed out by Andy McMillan, “All you need is collaboration if you want to have success”.  To extend the thoughts in the discussion, Mr. Viswanathan invited the OEMs, system integrators, consultants, solution providers, and test and standardization bodies to come together, listen to users, and focus on creating a better planet. He emphasized the fact that with the pandemic, it has become imperative to have building automation, which means smart infrastructure is the need of the hour and one must provide cost effective, interoperable solutions, rich in data analytics and inferences. Bhupesh Arora pointed out the importance of value chain for offering best of solutions to the user. Vinayak Sane talked about the crucial role of the skills to operate a BMS – an often-ignored point.

To bring it all together, INBAC has made it a point to structure collaborations between various stakeholders in the major growth segments to enhance the following advancing drivers:

        Energy optimization

        Occupant safety

        Occupant comfort

        Pollution control

        Attracting foreign Investments

 

Sinclair – What are the challenges in driving smart infrastructure in India?

Chandrayan – INBAC, in its work over the last 2 years, has been able to study the challenges which are deeply rooted. The most important ones are:

        Missing policies & regulatory advocacy

        Lack of technical support to government advisory board

        Inadequate standardization

        Fragmented market

        Inadequate drive and support for local companies

        Weak or missing interface between standard bodies and various stakeholders

        Lack of awareness in the end user about the benefits of building automation

        Lack of availability of skilled manpower

        Lack of a strong, unbiased platform to drive innovation and thought leadership

        Missing connections with global alliances

        Missing a platform to address various challenges. like the need for certifications and locally available testing labs

        Lack of an unbiased platform to drive business within and outside of India

 

Sinclair – I can say, you have interesting times ahead of you. How do you propose to deal with such challenges?

Chandrayan – You are right! This all is very interesting and here I would like to quote Mr. Viswanathan, “Every challenge brings us close to new opportunities”. This presents a great opportunity for all stakeholders in the building automation domain to come together and collaborate.

Our objective together in INBAC is “building connectivity” – connectivity of buildings and stakeholders. I invite you all to become a part of INBAC and get engaged in creating awareness and education, participate in global forums, adopt and enhance global standards, participate in strategy council, and work on policy and regulatory advocacy. Most importantly, join us and create trust for users on how building automation products can  ensure their  success.

Sinclair – Who can become part of INBAC, and how?

Chandrayan – INBAC Association offers Corporate, Professional, Individual and Student memberships and associateships. It is very simple to become an INBAC member. You just have to write to us at info@inbac.org or sakhee@inbac.org and you will receive all the required assistance.

It is important to understand – we are stronger and smarter TOGETHER!





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