January 2008

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Anto BudiardjoEMAIL INTERVIEW  Anto Budiardjo & Ken Sinclair

Anto Budiardjo is President & CEO of Clasma Events Inc., the organizer of BuilConn held annually in North America, Europe and Asia as part of Clasma’s ConnectivityWeek (www.ConnectivityWeek.com). ConnectivityWeek is a collection of conferences and tradeshows related to smart connected devices, regularly made up BuilConn (www.builconn.com), M2M Expo (www.m2mexpo.com), GridWise Expo (www.gridwiseexpo.com) and Wi-tivity (www.wi-tivity.com).

Please send comments and questions to antob@clasma.com.

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Sinclair: Please tell our readers about your plans for 2008.

Budiardjo: Well things are lining up nicely for 2008, as a major year in the evolution of buildings, energy as well as related technologies and applications. The stage was set over the past year for this; technology is available and the value proposition of energy management is real and substantial.

Sinclair: What is the line up of events?

Budiardjo: The first is B2G Summit (www.b2g-summit.com), this is being held the Monday of AHR Expo in New York. It is focused on exploring and explaining the opportunities for building automation players, brought about by the smart grid movement, that is going to be a major driver in the next couple of years.

Sinclair: Why should building automation folks care about smart grid?

Budiardjo: Simply because buildings represent a significant user of electricity and building control systems is a key element to control this usage. Reducing energy usage in buildings is of significant interest to building owners and utilities. The recent energy bill passed by Congress creates a very major platform for this and it is one of the major drivers for increasing the value proposition of building automation systems. The B2G Summit was created exactly to explain this trend.

Sinclair: How about BuilConn in 2008?

Budiardjo: BuilConn will be in Santa Clara May 20-22 and will be a major event as part of ConnectivityWeek. This year the line up is significant and will leverage on energy and sustainability with a theme of “Empowering the Energy Revolution”. To view the outline go to http://www.clasma.net/2008/na/downloads/NA08-Brochure.pdf

Sinclair: Why do you think BuilConn will be significant in 2008?

Budiardjo: We have a number of key partnerships with major organizations, some of them outlined in the above link. The venue in California will enable us to focus on energy related topics as California is clearly one of the states that is leading the charge in sustainable energy. Look out for more details over the coming weeks, your readers should mark their calendars now.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Sinclair: What else is in store for 2008?

Budiardjo: The other major event is GridWeek, this year September 23-25 in Washington DC. GridWeek 2008 will grow substantially partly due to the 2007 energy act. While this will focus on policy and utilities, the impact and relevance of buildings will be a major component.

Sinclair: How about International events?

Budiardjo: We are still working on that. We are planning a number of events in the second half of 2008, in major markets around the world. Stay tuned by subscribing to our news emails at www.clasma.com/list

Sinclair: How would you characterize your expectations for 2008?

Budiardjo: A great deal of what’s been talked about related to the future of buildings will start to unfold in 2008. We have for once a combination of enabling technologies (open systems, IP, etc.) and economic drivers (climate change, green energy, sustainability, etc.). All that remains is for the building automation industry to truly wake up to this major opportunity.


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