2/7/2012 8:33 AM
When choosing a building automation system or other equipment for your facility, we encourage you to consider systems that are BACnet enabled. Why? Two reasons: flexibility and future development.
BACnet® is a standard communication protocol that many vendors are already using within their systems to send commands to equipment. Vendors that currently offer BACnet-enabled systems include Alerton, Delta Controls, Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Siemens, and Trane. Exposing BACnet points can allow you to integrate various systems, giving you the flexibility to control systems from more than one vendor from a single interface.
Jeff Goebel, Physical Plant Manager at Minnesota State University Moorhead explained it this way, “As long as we can utilize BACnet to control the points, it can be across any kind of platform, so it really opens the world to me of having a variety of brands and equipment out there. And it kind of increases the ability of us to have competition on bidding projects because as long as they are BACnet compatible we don’t have to go to a sole brand.”
Because BACnet is an open protocol, building automation providers, equipment vendors, software developers, and other energy efficiency entrepreneurs are likely to develop more systems that communicate using BACnet. In the future, BACnet will allow you to integrate systems far beyond what you might even consider integrating today.
In the January 2012 BACnet International Journal article “Energy-savings with BACnet – A Perfect Fit,” Frank Schubert describes in detail many of the reasons why integration developers should (and will) turn to BACnet as the standard of choice in developing future building automation solutions for energy efficiency.
At MSUM, where Events2HVAC is used to integrate HVAC controls and door locks with room scheduling software, Goebel says the integration encourages him to look for more BACnet compatible systems that can be centrally controlled.
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