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Review of BuilConn Singapore
BuilConn became a truly global event in November as the Asia-Pacific edition was held at the Suntec Singapore Convention Center. Attended by over 200 professionals from all around the Asia-Pacific region, the event was hailed a success by sponsors, speakers and attendees alike.
The first BuilConn in Asia focused on bringing together players from around the region, and come they did. From Singapore, Indonesia, India, Australia, Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, UAE and China, key stakeholders came and met with vendors and speakers from the region as well as Europe and North America.
As always, the Plenary at BuilConn was the highlight of the event. The first Plenary had a keynote from Khoong Hock Yun, the Assistant Chief Executive from IDA Singapore (Infocomm Development Authority) who told the group of Singapore’s project to implement a National Broadband Network, providing 100MB+ to all, as well as Free WiFi to around 80-90% of the country. Jimmy Chua, President of AIIB (Asian Institute for Intelligent Buildings) then introduced Alan Kell from i&i Limited and chair of the ibX Forum who gave a high level perspective on the status of Intelligent Buildings worldwide.
A most interesting keynote was given by Mark Vlassopulos, President of Eighth Wonder (Casino developer of New York New York in Las Vegas). Mark presented their plans for an integrated resort to be built on Singapore’s Sentosa Island named Harry’s Island. The project is a spectacular vision of a resort that integrates a stunning experience with technology that would make Singapore a key destination city in the world.
The last keynote was Mike Zamora from Cisco; Mike updated the audience on Cisco’s Connected Real Estate vision and talked about the major trends sweeping across Asia and the world. In what he called the “Dubai Effect”, Mike outlined that developments in emerging countries are now bold and will use technology as a tool to increase the experience and value of facilities.
Also held on the first day of BuilConn Singapore was the third of a series of global Cisco Connected Roundtable; the focus of this session was the trends and drivers for connected buildings. The group discussed a range of subjects from demographic changes in building users to the types of buildings that are showing strong adoption of connectivity technologies. Energy was also discussed as one of the key drivers, both from cost avoidance and a green / sustainable perspective.
As always, the Exhibit floor of BuilConn was buzzing with stakeholders networking, establishing partnerships and truly “making deals”. The exhibitors polled confirmed that the high level of attendees (a common characteristic of BuilConn) made the event highly valuable in establishing and growing their business in the region.
The two BuilConn tracks focused on the planning and the make-up of connected buildings. In the former, a number of speakers from the building owner community were joined by facility managers and vendors talking about how projects have been successfully planned and implemented with these approaches. The make-up of connected buildings focused on the technology side of the products and technologies being used in the region.
The second ibX Forum (the first one was in Amsterdam) provided a valuable venue for a discussion on the value proposition of intelligent buildings and an exploration of how owners are viewing the financial and benefit side of the application of this technology around the world.
BuilConn Singapore was held as part of the Asia-Pacific ConnectivityWeek, an annual gathering of connectivity centric players and subjects around buildings, wireless, M2M and intelligent buildings.
In 2007, BuilConn and ConnectivityWeek will be held 19-21 November, again at Suntec Singapore.
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