The new Netix Novus Partner Program brings about a brownfield revolution in buildings. Sanjeevv Bhatia, CEO SB Group and Netix Global BV elaborates
Congratulations on the launch of the Netix Novus Partner Program. What led to creating the programme?
It was a matter of a challenge and its solution becoming clear, at the same time. We saw strong industry interest in seamless, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) enabled, open-protocol, plug and play, vendor-neutral, building automation. At the same time, we witnessed the success achieved by ODS Global, using our solutions.
ODS Global is a Dubai-based company with strongly connected buildings, smart cities, sustainability, and energy efficiency focus — and now the programme’s first Platinum Partner. A company with stellar credentials, ODS won the maintenance of the Building Management System (BMS) of 18 properties and five vertical communities by Emaar, across Downtown Dubai and Dubai Creek Harbour. Netix’s retrofit solutions enabled ODS Global to avoid replacing the entire system and help Mazaya save 75 per cent of costs. Netix’s IoT and AI-based open protocol solutions also played a crucial role in ODS Global being awarded a three-year maintenance contract for the building automation systems of 24 DAMAC Properties towers; the upgrade and maintenance of three Mazaya Towers’ buildings; and system integration projects at the Jafza Convention Centre, the BVLGARI Resort in Jumeirah Bay, the Pullman Hotel, and the Emirates Airline staff accommodation in Dubai.
We realised the industry needed an initiative such as the Netix Novus Program, to create an empowered ecosystem of certified partners, with the tools and information to lead a Brownfield Revolution.
Was the scale of this vision the reason behind a prominent launch ceremony, at a venue like the Burj Khalifa?
Exactly! We felt that the launch needed to attract attention, and be seen as a turning point. That’s why we chose a venue as iconic as the Burj Khalifa. It’s why we invited online delegates from 25+ nations to be part of the launch virtually and hosted prominent industry leaders as speakers.
We hosted 180 in-person guests, and 4,000+ online attendees; and online views have reached the 14,000 mark, to date. Even before the launch, Netix shook hands with Garnet, part of JBK Controls International — a market leader in Qatar with 27+ years’ experience in Extra-low voltage system (EVL), Building Management Systems (BMS) and Security Services; Electropower — market leaders in the KSA, with a strong 20-year presence across Yemen, Qatar, Jordan, Dubai, and Bahrain; and several top industry names. I’m especially proud that stalwarts like Priyesh Bhatia, General Manager of ODS Global; Ganesh Khanolkar, Managing Director of Exenture India and ODS India, DOS of Teknoware and Netix; Jehad Abu Shamiyeh, CEO of Electro Power Systems, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Vivek Wagh, Business Development Director,…
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