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BACnet & BMS Journal India

Issue 1 | April 2019


April 25 27, 2019

5 th Smart Cities

India 2019 Expo

Developing Smart Cities

for our citizens


22 24,


22 23 24 May 2019

Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Investment planned

across the key government initiatives includes Highways USD 106.5 bn,

Railways USD 131.7 bn, Ports USD 61.5 bn, Airports USD 58 bn, Industrial

Corridors USD 100 bn, Smart Cities USD 14.6 bn and Clean India - USD 29 bn

September 25 28, 2019


by upto 50% and reduce

• Home automation / IoT:

construction time by

The Home automation

50% from inception to

market is expected to


cross USD 4.43 billion by • Green Building Solutions:


Buildings are responsible

• Building Intelligence

for a huge share of energy,

Monitoring (BIM): Smart

electricity, water and

Buildings optimize

materials consumption.

utilization, support

The building sector has

green standards and

the greatest potential to

control operating costs.

deliver significant cuts in

Implementation of

emissions at little or no

BIM technologies and

cost. Buildings account for

workflows in Architectural,

18% of global emissions

engineering, construction

today, or the equivalent

and facility operations

of 9 billion tonnes of CO2

(AECO) can reduce costs of


construction and lifecycle

costs by upto 50%, reduce Water & Sanitation

greenhouse gas emission • Water monitoring: Surface

and ground water can

be affected by land use,

agricultural practices,

pollution and climate

change. Monitoring and

treatment of water is

essential since public

health may be jeopardized

if surface water is


• Water Metering / billing:

Smart water metering,

communication networks

and analytics will increase

such that by 2020

over US$200m will be

channeled to address the

country’s water sector.

• Water ATMS: There are

66,093 rural habitations

in India where the

drinking-water source is

contaminated with either

one or more chemicals,

such as arsenic, fluoride,

nitrate, iron and salinity.

Water ATMs provide safe

drinking water in urban and

rural areas.

• Solid Waste Management:

Onsite handling, waste

collection, waste transfer

and transport, waste

processing, recovery and

disposal are key solutions.

Management programs,

technologies including

smart bins, waste to

energy techniques are

being used by smart cities

and municipalities.

• Toilets: 3 lakh plus

public toilets have been

constructed from 2015

onwards under Swach

Bharat Urban.

© snehit: Smart buildings in Mumbai, India

H. Michael Newman




Glimpse into Efficient

Building Solutions

SLK Green Park Campus

in Bangalore A New

Standard for BACnet in


Smart Facility Management

Solutions for Smart Buildings/


Initiative for Open Systems

Building Automation in India

3 7 8 17

5 8 16


Glimpse into Efficient Building Solutions 3


BACnet/IP the “Tool” from Engineering to Project Management 4

Penn State University’s Ready to Scale with 5

Visual BACnet Site Monitoring

A New Standard for BACnet in India 7

Smart Facility Management Solutions for Smart 8


BACnet Insight

Full Steam Ahead for Cross-System Communication 10

ASHRAE SSPC 135 Meetings: BACnet Secure Connect, 11

Semantic Tagging


Energy Valve One Optimized Complete 12

Solution Cloud-based

Connect Air-Conditioning to BACnet 13

Combining High Performance with IoT Architecture: modulo 6 13

How to Improve Health and Save Energy with CO 2 Monitoring 14

Providing full Range of Solutions, Products & Services 14

Around BACnet and B-IoT

Metasys ® 10.0 Redefines Modern Building Management 15

BACnet Global

BACnet Paves the Way to CO 2 Neutrality 16

India A Fertile Ground for Innovations and Growth … 17

Calendar of BACnet Events / Editorial Notes 18

Cover photo © snehit: Smart buildings in Mumbai, India


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Glimpse into Efficient

Building Solutions

Dear Readers,

The Indian building automation market is rapidly expanding and is

expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of more

than 12% by 2023. With an increase in demand for smart buildings

in the residential and industrial sector on the one hand and a

push by the government for green energy-efficient initiatives like the

100 Smart Cities Mission on the other, the Indian building automation

sector is brimming with innovation and opportunity.

In such times, standardization in building automation and especially the

application of the BACnet standards can play an instrumental role in

implementing efficient building solutions. BACnet has a long association

with India. Softdel, for example, with its BACnet conformance testing

activities, has been an active BACnet hub in Pune for years. More recently,

applications of standardization and interoperability to create green

buildings, such as the world’s second-highest-ranking green building

by SIERRA that you will read about further in this journal, represent the

tremendous possibilities standardization offers towards building

sustainable solutions and cities. The intention of this first BACnet & BMS

Journal India is to provide a platform to showcase and communicate

success stories, product presentations, developments in standardization

and news from the world of BACnet and building management systems.

Being published right before the World Build India 2019 trade fair to be

held in Mumbai, this journal is a glimpse into the current state of affairs in

this increasingly dynamic building automation sector.

Enjoy reading!

H. Michael Newman

Creator of the BACnet standard and

Original chairman of the ASHRAE BACnet committee




State of the Art Test

Environment at BACnet

Plugfest 2019

Never before have open communication

tests for interoperable building automation

taken place in such an environment. For

software developers and product managers

from the smart building industry, the Information

Security Hub (ISH) at Munich Airport

from May 2224 will be a meeting place for

participants from all over the globe. From

the large number of tests at the BACnet Plugfest

2019, investments in the BACnet standard will

be secured from a wide range of manufacturers.

• Interoperability testing in a cutting-edge test

environment at the ISH lab

• Developer presentations on current developments

in standardization and certification

• Optional IT security testing of the devices

provided for the Plugfest in the ISH

community, organized by ISH

More information:

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BACnet/IP the “Tool” from Engineering to

Project Management

Principal, Santiago International Airport.

© Beckhoff

Santiago International Airport obtains the

benefits of using BACnet and Beckhoff

technologies in the new extension of their


The new terminal extension project for Santiago

International Airport will allow the use of 67

new boarding gates along 294.000 m² of total

area. The number of passengers will increase

significantly by more than 10% every year, with

a total of 21 million transit movements recorded

for the last year. The scope of the control extension

project covers the main facility systems,

including HVAC, lighting, energy management,

elevators/escalators, platform illumination,

towers and third-party integrations such as

water storage alarm systems and passenger


The project demands not only the collection of

field data, the PLC will have a logic control to

ensure the correct operation of the different

physical devices and sensors installed in the new

terminals of the airport. As a mandatory project

requirement, the system had to be created

following a philosophy oriented to real open

systems, so it was decided to use BACnet as a

control system development standard.

The complete solution to cover all aspects

mentioned above, was created using a total of

more than 300 PLCs distributed throughout the

newly developed surface. 23 Beckhoff CX5010

as main data concentrators and 57 CX9020 with

233 CX8091 systems were installed to collect

field information.

The complete I/O list includes more than 10.000

signals, processed by Beckhoff PLCs, creating an

object hierarchy that enables a communication

and sharing information through the use of the

physical BACnet network.


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Many of the systems installed, allows for a

direct integration using BACnet, reducing

additional engineering costs. Collecting the

different objects inside the device becomes a

simple task using device discovery. The main

brands involved in project were Sodeca, Carrier

and others.

Using BACnet for the

entire installation meets

the final customer

demands, positively

impacting in less maintenance

resources. The

responsible staff for the

design and engineering

will also carry out the

maintenance of the

system for the next

15 years. The experience

gained during the engineering with

BACnet will facilitate the tasks mentioned above.

At the moment, the control development work is

developing in time and cost, with an approximate

opening of the first terminals during this year.

Initial investment of 700 million dollars will

ensure that Santiago International Airport will

be one of the most important airports in South

America, not only in terms of modernity, but in

the use of a technology adapted to the present

times and focused on the end-user.

BACnet and Beckhoff as an engineering

tool, working together to improve resources


About the author

Oliver Marcos is Business Development

Manager of Automation & Control at AUDITEL,

a global Technology, Engineering and Innovation

company based in Madrid, Spain. AUDITEL

realizes global projects in the aircraft and airport

industry as well as infrastructure projects.

BACnet/IP was used as an engineering tool from

the engineering stage up to the maintenance

management. As a guide of good practices,

the premise of an object-oriented development

indicated by the BACnet technology is reducing

development time, costs and project risks.

For a BACnet integrator the most important

value is the possibility to deal with objects

and not with signals.

Oliver Marcos

Business Development Manager of Automation & Control | Auditel Engineering

and Services |

Penn State University’s Ready to Scale with

Visual BACnet Site Monitoring

University catches BACnet problems in real

time and improves network health.


When Tom Walker first started working at Penn State

University four years ago, there were a lot of network

issues. Buildings were dropping offline. Broadcast

traffic was pushing 90,000 packets per hour. Walker

was on the phone almost every single night because

devices were down or had to be reset.

The Old Main Building at Penn State University.

© Wikimedia

Walker and his team managed to reduce

broadcast traffic over the years, from 90,000 down

to about 30,000; but that took cobbling together

a half-dozen different tools and two network

integrity analysts dedicated to looking for anomalies.

Now, they’re getting into the nitty-gritty of

refining and maintaining network health especially

as the network continues expanding year over year.

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Visual BACnet Site Monitoring, the innovative solution from Optigo Networks.

© Wikimedia


Penn State currently has around 15,000

devices, 200 servers, 300 buildings on campus,

and another 160 buildings in the Commonwealth.

Those numbers are increasing quickly,

with ongoing construction and plans to

double the device count to 30,000. This rapid

expansion has introduced big broadcast traffic

problems: because of one construction

project, they were getting “30,000 packets per

hour from just one single building,” says Walker.

Those huge spikes in broadcast traffic were

bringing devices and entire buildings down.

They can’t stop construction. They can’t predict

how changes will affect the network. It was clear

they needed a powerful analytics program that

could monitor, track changes, and alert them of

any issues.


many changes, so much construction happening

all at the same time. We needed something a

little closer to real-time,” says Walker. “We

needed something that can bring right up the

top offenders.”

With Visual BACnet Site Monitoring, Walker and

his team are achieving real-time monitoring

results with a single program. They get notified

when anything changes in the network health.

From there, they can pinpoint issues on the

network, track what caused those problems,

and quickly respond. BACnet Site Monitoring

has highlighted problems they never could have

caught on their own.

“My colleague and I were on the phone almost

every single night because something was

down, something wasn’t communicating, had to

be reset. We’ve taken that back down to where,

we get a call maybe two or three times a month,

if that. And a lot of that was going through

and starting to analyze the traffic a lot deeper

than we were before.” Tom Walker, Network

Administrator, Penn State University.

Walker and his team originally purchased

a Visual BACnet team account, but quickly

found they needed more for their massive,

unpredictable network. “We’re dealing with so

Monica McMahen

Marketing Manager | Optigo Networks |


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A New Standard for BACnet in India

The SLK Green Park Campus in Bangalore,

opened in 2018, is one of the first buildings

in India using BACnet/IP for the whole

building management system including the

room automation. It was implemented by

Eneffen technologies, exclusive SAUTER

Group partner in India.

The impressive new SLK Green Park Campus

sets a new standard for sustainability and

building automation: SAUTER and Eneffen have

commissioned to interconnect all Integrated

Building Management Solutions (IBMS) via

BACnet/IP. So far, BACnet/IP has never been

used as the only standard communication

protocol for the whole building automation in


The SLK Green Park Campus with its complete constellation in BACnet/IP.

The light management fully integrated into BACnet/IP.

One system for all demands

All HVAC systems at SLK Green Park

Campus are now interconnected via

SAUTER modulo 5, a fully configurable,

modular system that can meet any demand

of state-of-the-art building technology.

Modulo 5 is entirely based on the open

BACnet/IP communication protocol and

allows a complete exchange of data for

complex building management functions,

including air conditioning with pin-point

precision, alarm and fire protection functions

as well as convenient room management,

all integrated within a single system that is

completely scalable.

For SLK Green Park Campus, modulo 5

includes the direct digital controls (DDC)

to command the HVAC systems such as

air handlers or electrical breakers, room

automation controllers including lighting

control or ventilation fans. All these elements

are connected via native BACnet/IP.

Various zone temperatures are monitored

and adjusted using SAUTER’s ASV2 VAV

controllers. On the field level, these VAVs

communicate via BACnet MSTP and are

routed to BACnet/IP.

Integrated software for reporting and


Other systems like chillers, variable speed

drives, UPS, precision air handlers or electrical

systems have been integrated via Modbus/

RTU, converted to BACnet/IP and centralised to

the main IBMS software called SAUTER Vision

Center. This BACnet-certified software

provides a comprehensive and user-friendly

energy management dashboard and reporting

system. SAUTER Vision Center reports

various building parameters as well as data on

energy consumption, temperature control, chiller

performance, and many more.

The powerful modulo 5 system manages to

connect over 8000 data points to the IBMS

system over BACnet/IP, which significantly

exceeds the average data volume processed by

systems in India. Both modulo 5 and SAUTER

Vision Center have recently been awarded the

highest BACnet certificate.

With SLK Green Park Campus, SAUTER and

Eneffen Technologies have managed to position

the SAUTER technology worldwide as a leader in

building management and room automation. The

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The new SLK Green Park Campus in Bangalore.

company, whose history and expertise spans

over 100 years, combines a global outlook with

regional ties, and a traditional approach with

groundbreaking innovation.

Nicolas Sautter

Head of SAUTER Asia Pacific Competence Center | SAUTER Singapore |

Smart Facility Management Solutions for

Smart Buildings/Facilities

It is never too late to imbibe new innovations

and start a different working style. SIERRA

ODC’s software development centre in

Coimbatore, India called the “eFACiLiTY ®

Building” is a Smart Building that has several

innovative smart concepts implemented.

This building got rated as theWorld’s 2nd and

India’s highest ranking Green Building, certified

under LEED NC v2009 rating system by U.S. Green

Building Council. This is also one of the Smartest

Buildings in the world and this was achieved

by tightly integrating the CAFM (Computer

Aided Facility Management) Software with the

Building Management System (BMS/BAS).

SIERRA used their own CAFM software

eFACiLiTY ® integrating tightly with Honeywell

WEBs N4 Building Automation Platform

to achieve 100% automation of the facility

operations. eFACiLiTY ® building is a model

Smart & Green building showcasing smart

and automated facility management concepts

to achieve optimum resource utilization, high

efficiency and excellent occupant comfort.

100% Green Power, Occupancy and Lux based

automated lighting operations, indoor air quality

monitoring with demand controlled ventilation,

fully automated water purification, management

and recycling, energy monitoring, maximized

day lighting are some of the notable features

implemented in this building.

All electro-mechanical issues in the facility

are captured by the BMS/BAS platform and

passed on to the eFACiLiTY CAFM software that

manages the fault categorization, work

assignment, service level management till

the issue is full rectified and verified apart

from managing the preventive and predictive

maintenance tasks.

Housekeeping issues like leaky taps, soiled

toilets, dirty work areas, too cold/warm

work areas go unreported and installing


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sensors to monitor them is not feasible. The eFACiLiTY ® Building

has Smart IOT Buttons from Amazon, Flic, Mesh etc. installed at

various locations to get these issues reported just by a click of a

button. Occupants just click on these good looking wireless buttons

to report any issue and the calls to respective teams are created

instantly, assigned and notified via mobile notifications and the calls

are monitored till the issue is fixed.

The facility also has One-Touch Instant Feedback kiosks installed.

The eFACiLiTY ® Instant Feedback Kiosk not only helps to capture

one-touch feedbacks from the occupants, raise appropriate helpdesk

calls and work orders, but also takes care of monitoring the workflow

of managing poor feedbacks until the corrective actions are taken.

eFACiLiTY ® also integrates with devices that support BACnet,

Modbus, Mbus, KNX kind of protocols to automate failure

identification and work order generation, automate capturing of

meter readings, predictive maintenance work orders, equipment

control etc. Building automation platforms of Honeywell, Siemens,

Schneider Electric, Carrier Race, Azbil, Trane, Tridium etc. are

readily integrated into the system.

To know more about Smart Facility Management Solutions, visit To know more about the eFACiLiTY ® Building, visit

Modular building solutions

for Smart Cities


Visualization and analysis of BACnet networks

Obtaining neutral information about data exchange in a

BACnet network is not always easy. Especially if the various

components have been supplied by different manufacturers.

BACeye is a cross-functional tool that can be used to clearly

visualise networks and quickly identify problems. As a de facto

standard, this “Swiss army knife” for building automation makes

the work of system integrators, commissioning engineers, plant

operators and end users considerably easier.

The eFACiLiTY ® Building SIERRA ODC’s software development centre in

Coimbatore, India.

Universal-Gateways and Router

Exceptional versatility and flexibility

The MBS Universal Gateways and Router serve as a

communication interface for the various communication

protocols or routes packages between the MS/TP media

(RS485), Ethernet and IP in industrial and building automation.

• All important communication protocols are available

Giridhar JG

CEO & Managing Director

SIERRA ODC Private Limited | www.

• Security Architecture as Add-On: „BAC-Guard“ und „BAC-Crypt“

• Integrated adapters such as: KNX, LON, M-Bus or Profinet ...

• Enabling faster cabling and connection


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BACnet Insight

Full Steam Ahead for Cross-System


Modern building management faces a variety

of challenges. Against the backdrop of a device

landscape comprising a range of manufacturers

and various communication protocols, systems

including cooling and ventilation, lighting and

shading require appropriate coordination.

Simultaneously, the efficient use of energy and

climate protection remain top priorities. In the

light of the above, the network protocol BACnet

now occupies a prominent international position

as a key technology, boasting a current market

share of 64 per cent.

A standard for interoperability

There are tangible reasons for this impressive

catalogue of success. When the more complex

control parameters or functions are at stake,

communicative connection via data protocol

offers advantages, which result from a

coordinated interplay between the individual

systems. As an internationally leading standard

(ISO 16484-5), BACnet creates the non-proprietary

basis for consistent data exchange

between field devices and control technology.

Here, serial standards and network media

receive the same level of support. Prior

consideration is essential when it comes to

integrating the various components. From a

technical standpoint, this initially concerns

the devices themselves and the objectives

to be achieved as a result of the integration,

followed by the communication protocols

and tools employed and, finally, user

authorisation and network maintenance. As

far as organisation is concerned, the

standardised use of texts and characters,

responsibilities for the individual systems,

consultations with the IT department, internet

connection and other aspects must be


Making good use of all IT security


exclude hacker attacks on building automation,

which do serious damage to the entire

infrastructure and have a devastating effect

on the image of the company affected, as far

as possible. Networked home technology can

be operated individually using the appropriate

routers in which these security mechanisms are

integrated. Furthermore, BACnet’s comprehensive

communication can be encrypted via the corporate

network, while data access is authorised.

Benefiting from the advantages

The fact remains that anyone looking to operate

building automation in an efficient manner these

days just can’t get around BACnet. Because the

communication standard is a proven method of

creating cross-system networks. Large properties,

in particular, benefit from cost advantages

thanks to interoperability. Available devices can

be integrated simply and easily, and clients

are not limited to specific manufacturers when

making new acquisitions.

If required, BACnet can provide building

operators with information in order to ensure

that data-based functional tests are

implemented more quickly and easily. Systems

can be monitored automatically as a result,

making them more economic to operate.

Devices with security functions can be combined

to create a security system which effectively

protects the transmission paths against

unwanted access.

Gateways as interfaces

A range of sophisticated products and software

systems is available on the market for those

wishing to integrate all devices on a specific

property within a single network on a non-proprietary

basis. A BACnet router, for instance, can

be used in a similar way to a media converter

when DDC or SPS controllers using different

network media seek access to field level sensors

and actuators as clients. If these devices adhere

to varying communication protocols, gateways

can be used as interpreters.

As interfaces for the different communication

protocols in industrial and building automation,

they are also capable of performing more

complex tasks including specifications for

timer programs, alarm transmission and trend

log recording, if the field device does not

provide these functionalities. Non-proprietary

systems also facilitate data exchange at

automation level. Here, gateways ensure that

KNX, M-Bus and LonTalk devices, for example,

can be functionally integrated into a

homogeneous BACnet global system.

Several benefits are associated with this. The

integration of BACnet gateways as a communication

interface omits the need for the usual bus

couplers, simultaneously reducing cabling work.

These gateways can also be connected faster

to serial or network-based protocols. While field

devices and automation stations frequently only

used to provide current values, BACnet can now

be used to collect additional data and make

this available to the control technology. This

facilitates the provision of other functionalities

at management level, such as alarm detection,

automatic functional tests and maintenance


As a result, it’s no coincidence that crosssystem

communication with BACnet is gathering

momentum on a global scale. As a standard

in the field of building automation, BACnet has

become simply unstoppable.

BACnet has responded to the current trend of

using company-wide IT structures in building

automation by creating its own security

architecture “BACnet/SC”, which is due to

be released shortly. It is, after all, essential to

Nils-Gunnar Fritz

Member of Executive Board BACnet Interest Group Europe e. V.

Managing Director MBS GmbH, Krefeld, Germany |


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BACnet Insight

ASHRAE SSPC 135 Meetings: BACnet

Secure Connect, Semantic Tagging

In October, the interim BACnet committee

meeting took place again at the Georgia

Institute of Technology in Atlanta, known as

"Georgia Tech". This was already the 14th

interim meeting hosted by Georgia Tech starting

in 2006. With the ASHRAE Winter Conference,

also in Atlanta, but at the CNN Center and the

Georgia World Congress Center together with

the AHR Show, more days of meetings of the

working groups and the committee were added.

Following, the state of core work items and the

addenda are detailed.

Device Address Proxy

In Atlanta, a further element regarding scalability

of BACnet systems was approved for a first

public review. The Device Address Proxy function

allows to keep off high numbers of Who-Is and

I-Am broadcasts from susceptible networks like

MS/TP. This new function is sitting in a BACnet

Router for returning I-Am responses on behalf

of the device behind it, and without any impact

on existing devices. The Device Address Proxy

function will be in public review as Addendum


BACnet Secure Connect

Published Addenda to 135-2016 for BACnet Protocol Revision 1.20


Addenda in Work




In AP-WG for second


In PS-WG for second


In preparation by IT-WG

for next review

The BACnet Secure Connect addendum

continued to be in focus of the IT-WG. The

Adds the new Staging object type to the standard. This object controls a

set of binary objects, based on a commanded analog value.

concept that had

been amended

since the last

review were refined

and cleaned All

this with the goal

in mind to soon

have a simple to

implement, yet


solution available.

For example, it is

now allowed to

implement BACnet

Secure Connect

in every, including

old, protocolrevisions.


Atlanta, the addendum

was further

finalized in teleconference

calls of the IT-WG, for bringing it

into a next public review before the next

in-person meeting in April.

Application Interfaces, is on-hold at this point

for 223P.

Zero configuration capabilities of MAC

addresses for MS/TP devices.

BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC).

135-2016bo In AP-WG for first review Application of ASHRAE 223P in BACnet.

135-2016br Ready for Publication Miscellaneous Clarifications.


Ready for Publication

New BIBBs and Device Profiles for Elevators

(Lifts) and Escalators.

135-2016bt Ready for Publication Life Safety Enhancements and OEO Support.

135-2016bu Ready for Publication Miscellaneous Clarifications.



In preparation by OS-WG

for first review

Approved for second


Miscellaneous Clarifications.

Time Series Data Exchange Format.

135-2016bx Approved for first review Device Address Proxy Function.

BACnet Secure Connect, or BACnet/SC in

short, is a virtual data link layer for the existing

BACnet stack and with that, fully compatible

with all existing BACnet devices via a

standard BACnet router. BACnet/SC supports a

virtual hub-and-spoke topology and allows direct

connections between devices. All connections

are based on TLS-secured WebSockets.



New BIBBs and device profiles for the lighting domain.

Introduces a standardized audit reporting and logging mechanism for


actions of BACnet devices and users.

135-2016bk Extends the range of reserved property identifiers above 4194303.




Clarifications in response to official interpretation requests.

Enhances and clarifies MS/TP on some of its aspects.

Extends and corrects some BIBBs and device profiles.

ASHRAE 223P, Semantic Tags for Building


In the meetings of the AP-WG, the work on the

projected ASHRAE Standard 223P "Designation

of Semantic Tags for Building Data" was

continued. The collaboration with the Project

Haystack and the Brick Schema project is

established. The interest in 223P is still

high. Including new contacts to the National

Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which is

researching on energy optimizations of buildings.



Corrects and tweaks the BACnet RESTful Web Services in some details.

Complements and clarifies some smaller aspects of the Access Control


The proposed ASHRAE 223P standard,

"Designation of Semantic Tags for Building

Data", will standardize the semantic information

of building data as ontologies, on an abstract

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BACnet Insight / Products

logical level. The concrete use in protocols and

data, also in BACnet, will need to be defined

by the respective protocols and data specifications

itself. In BACnet, addendum 135-2016bo

is foreseen for this.

Status of Addenda to BACnet Standard


Nine addenda to the BACnet standard are

published and are part of the BACnet standard

135-2016 in protocol revision 1.20 (see table on

page 11, below).

In the meetings, further addenda were approved

for a first or a next public review, of which some

reviews are ongoing, and others will be taking

place later this spring. The status of the addenda

in work is (see table on page 11, top).

Status of Addenda to the BACnet Test

Standard 135.1-2013

The following addenda to the BACnet Test

Standard 135.1-2013 are published (see right


Numerous change proposals for the test

Status of Addenda to the BACnet Test Standard 135.1-2013





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error codes.

New EPICS consistency tests.

Additions and amendments of tests for covering the revision of

the alarming which had been introduced with protocol revision 13.

Tests for new properties and error codes.

standard are in work by the TI-WG, brought

forward together with the BTL-WG and other

BACnet Committee working groups to a first

public review. This includes new tests for IPv6,

the Network Port object, and a lot of other

additional tests and amendments.

The next interim meeting of the BACnet

Committee will be taking place at the Lutron

Experience Center in Plantation FL from April 9

to April 12, 2019.

Public review and final versions of addenda are

available at no cost from ASHRAE (http://www. as well as on the BACnet website

( To stay up-to-date

on public reviews, publications, and interim

meetings, you can subscribe to the weekly

ASHRAE Standards Actions electronic

newsletter, or read it, at the ASHRAE website

Bernhard Isler is an ASHRAE member and

convenes the Application Profiles working group

of the ASHRAE SSPC 135 BACnet Committee. He

works for Siemens Switzerland Ltd, Building Technologies

Division, located in Zug, Switzerland,

Energy Valve One Optimized Complete

Solution Cloud-based

With its unique functionality and intelligent

cloud services, the Belimo Energy Valve

sets new standards for automatic optimization

and offers an all-round care-free


Belimo created a new product category with its

introduction of the Belimo Energy Valve. This

control valve continuously optimizes the water

flow, automatically adjusts it to current climatic

conditions and eliminates the so called Delta-T

syndrome. Since its market launch in 2012,

the Belimo Energy Valve has won 20 awards

from industry organizations worldwide. Today,

thousands of these smart valves help to reduce

the operating costs in buildings and CO 2

emissions. Now the third generation of the

Belimo Energy Valve is launched.

Cloud for enhanced comfort

Upon request, the new version can be

connected over the Internet to the Belimo

Cloud. The operation of the valve is then

continuously monitored and compared

against other valves operating under

similar conditions. Customers receive

regular energy reports that include data

on trends, energy, and performance.

Technical support from Belimo can likewise give

customers better and faster advice thanks to the

available data.

Innovative flow measurement

Belimo supplemented the ultrasonic flow

measurement with its patented glycol meter.

Many systems require a mixture of water and

glycol as a heat transfer fluid. The new Belimo

Energy Valve monitors this glycol concentration

and protects the plants against frost.

Belimo Actuators India Pvt. Ltd. |


BACnet & BMS Journal India 1 04/19


Connect Air-Conditioning to BACnet

IntesisBox from HMS makes it possible to

connect Air Conditioners to BACnet network


Direct Expansion systems into BACnet

For the last several years, Air Conditioning

Direct Expansion systems have become

more and more popular for small and medium

projects. Considering that electric energy

costs related to acclimatization systems is

estimated to be around 40%, for these

scenarios, controlling and monitoring those

systems becomes one of the most significant

points when talking about energy efficiency and

cost control. BACnet offers a great opportunity

for home and building management systems

to create energy efficient scenarios through

integration with Direct Expansion Systems.

Air Conditioning integration

Integration of air conditioning systems into any

management system is a process that

takes into consideration the following:

• Improvement of energy consumption

• Improvement of the customer’s


• Easy integration

• Cost-effective solutions

• Control over the most significant


• On/Off

• Mode

• Set Point Temperature

• Fan Speed

• Vane Positions

• Room Temperature

IntesisBox offers a large range of BACnet

gateways to integrate single Direct Expansion

AC units for the most popular AC brands. On

BACnet IP mode, the gateway provides an

embedded web site to setup all the necessary

parameters and provides a useful signal viewer

that allows read and write of all the BACnet

communication objects to help testing of both

control sides: the air conditioning system and the

BACnet control. On BACnet MSTP the Intesisbox

BAC-1 gateways can be configured in the field

using DIP Switches without requiring any PC.

HMS Industrial Networks India Pvt. Ltd. |

Combining High Performance with IoT

Architecture: modulo 6

The building automation system SAUTER

modulo 6 comprises compact, powerful hardware,

intuitive cloud-based software, a wide

range of integration options and strong data

security, thus enabling future-oriented systems

from smart heating, ventilation and air-conditioning

control to networked building clusters.

SAUTER modulo 6 provides thus far unequalled

performance in terms of the number of data

points per automation station, memory space

and processing speed all of this while taking

up minimum space in the cabinet.

SAUTER modulo 6 is based on BACnet/IP and

integrates all of the usual field bus protocols

such as Modbus, M-Bus, KNX, BACnet MS/

TP etc. for the control of heating, ventilation,

climate, lighting and energy, while combining

all systems into one stable, secure overall


The traditional separation of the

systems is being replaced by

the new world of the “Internet of

Things” (IoT) and the cloud. Via

MQTT data can be stored automatically

in the cloud as required,

or it can be integrated into the

local system from the cloud.

Cloud Services are available for

the controlling, the operation and

the engineering.

modulo 6 connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone

or tablet. An intuitively operated

app enables access to measured values,

control variables and system parameters. As

an alternative to smartphone operation,

modulo 6 also has a local operating unit

(LOI) with a high-resolution graphical colour


SAUTER modulo 6 knows the specialised communication

protocols for heating, ventilation, air conditioning,

light, energy and resource measurement

(BACnet/IP, Modbus, KNX, DALI, M-Bus, etc).

SAUTER Head Office


BACnet & BMS Journal India 1 04/19 13


How to Improve Health and Save Energy with

CO 2


Air quality transmitter with colour touch

display and BACnet protocol for residential

and commercial buildings.

Residential, commercial or governmental

buildings have become the biotopes in which

we spend most of our time. We live, eat, exercise

and work indoors. And no matter where you are,

you breathe ...

Air quality is not only an outdoor problem. Your

exhalation contains CO 2 , which not only affects

your productivity level and decision-making

performance, but also your long-term health.

Saving energy

compensation true read. The data transmits to

a BMS system or stand-alone controller using

industry standard output signals and communication

protocols. It combines all the necessary

elements for effective climate control in commercial

office buildings, hospitals, hotels, schools and

other facilities. Using CO 2 monitoring for demandcontrolled

ventilation (DCV) allows for a healthy,

comfortable and cost-effective environment for the


The product complies with ASHRAE standard


• Maintenance-free

• Three sensors in one housing: CO 2 ,

temp and RH

• Colour touch display with possibility of

customizable GUI

• PIN codes for access to display- and meter


• Improved housing design for effective


• Modbus or BACnet protocol

tSENSE is an advanced and versatile 3-in-1

transmitter designed for installation in the airconditioned

zone. It measures CO 2 concentration,

temperature and humidity in the ambient air. This

is done accurately without any need for additional

Senseair AB |

Providing full Range of Solutions, Products &

Services Around BACnet and B-IoT

With decades of experience in Building Automation

globally, Softdel offers end-to-end solutions,

products & services to help OEMs, SIs &

end users unlock the power of B-IoT.

Softdel products

softBAC, a BACnet PR-19 Stack by Softdel, is a

comprehensive stack library supporting all profiles

right from server side (B-SS, B-SA, B-ASC, B-AAC,

B-BC) to client side (B-OD, B-OWS, B-AWS). It

supports various platforms (Baremetal, Embedded

RTOS, Windows/Linux, Docker Container) &

features such as IPv6, IEIEJ & web interfaces

(REST, TLS1.2 Security).

Softdel also offers BOSS (BACnet Device

Simulator & Explorer) which enables users to simulate

BACnet devices useful for functional & performance

testing. It also discovers, monitors &

controls BACnet devices present in the network.

Softdel solutions & services

Softdel provides B-IoT solutions from IoT

consultancy, device engineering, connectivity, B-IoT

gateway to IoT platform integration, cloud-based

BMS & analytics dashboard.

Softdel has operated the world’s #1 BACnet Test

Lab (BTL) for BACnet International for last 12 years.

As a part of BACnet offerings, Softdel provides

BACnet training & consultancy, connectivity

services (stack porting & integration), & pre-certification


With deep domain expertise and right mix of products

& solutions, Softdel is a preferred partner for OEMs to

develop their next gen products for Smart Buildings.

With deep domain expertise and right mix of products

& solutions, Softdel is a preferred partner for OEMs to

develop their next gen products for Smart Buildings.

Softdel |


BACnet & BMS Journal India 1 04/19


Metasys ® 10.0 Redefines

Modern Building Management

Johnson Controls Metasys 10.0, designed

to deliver more unified building management

provides facility personnel with smart building

automation, fast response to critical alarms and

new integrations with fire detection, security and

lighting systems.

Metasys 10.0 introduces a new and improved

set of integrations with C·CURE 9000 Access

Control and victor Video Management

Systems, simpler integrations with SIMPLEX ®

Fire Systems and with lighting systems from

leading lighting providers.

Several new hardware devices added to Metasys

10.0, include:

• Two new equipment controllers with

removable screw terminal blocks for easy

installation, high capacity memory and fast


• A new 4-in-1 network sensor series with the

ability to sense temperature, humidity, CO 2

and occupancy all with one sensor

• A new TEC3000 thermostat controller with

color touchscreen

Another innovative feature is Ethernet ring

topology support for Metasys IP equipment


The Metasys User Interface (UI) introduces

several new features that reduce operators’ time

on task. A key feature is the ability for users to

schedule reports to be delivered via email and

save and execute report templates on demand,

reducing time spent configuring and providing


For more than a quarter century, Metasys building

automation has delivered consistent results

to meet even the most complex building management

needs. The benefits you can expect to

keep today’s buildings on top of change, include:

• Operational savings through extended

building management capabilities and

enhanced productivity

• Energy savings through coordinated control,

precise data and peak equipment performance

• IT and platform security through best-practice


• Faster troubleshooting and response through

advanced diagnostics

• Greater occupant comfort, security and


Johnson Controls

Trusted BACnet Router

with Diagnostics and BTL


The popular BASrouter, a multi-network

router, is BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL)

listed and provides enhanced diagnostic

capabilities for improved troubleshooting.

• Versatile stand-alone routing

between BACnet networks

• Graphically view MS/TP devices,

status and errors

• BTL approved for B-RTR and

B-BBMD device profiles

Learn more at

BACnet & BMS Journal India 1 04/19 15

BACnet Global

BACnet Paves the Way to CO 2 Neutrality

For European airports, BACnet (ISO

16484-5) is a welcome communication

standard that is supporting them on their

path towards CO 2 neutrality. This was the

conclusion drawn at the end of the first

BACnet Airport Conference hosted by the

BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU)

and held in Frankfurt Airport from 27 th to

28 th of September. More than 130 representatives

of European airports, planners

and experts for BACnet applications came

to design the system integration in airport

buildings. During the two days there were

a number of lively discussions with many

different subjects being touched on.

Dr. Ulrich Kipper, Head of Infrastructure Management at Fraport AG, described the benefits of BACnet from a user

perspective at the BACnet Airport Conference 2018.

The participants were amazed by the Information

Security Hub (ISH) at Munich Airport, by

the functional BACnet diversity in the future

Terminal 3 of Frankfurt Airport and by the exemplary

BACnet solutions at the airports in Rome,

Paris and Manchester. They were impressed by

the enormous possibilities of the open standard.

“Every major airport is a smart city with a huge

energy efficiency potential in existing buildings

and new buildings, which we can also raise with

the help of BACnet,” summarized BIG-EU President

Klaus Wächter (Siemens).

More than 130 representatives of European airports, planners and experts participated in

the BACnet Airport Conference in Frankfurt.

The risks of system integration were also

addressed. “Come to Munich Airport and we'll

test the cyber security of your equipment,”

Munich Airport IT Manager Marc Lindike

spontaneously invited the participants. The

enthusiasm of the BACnet users and BIG-EU

members in response to this offer led to

the relocation of the 13 th European BACnet

Plugfest to Munich. It will now take place from

May 22 th 24 th , 2019 in the ultramodern Competence

Center for Cyber Defence at Munich


The conference itself

was opened by Rolf


Head of IoT Sector in

the European Commission,

and H. Michael

Newman, inventor of

the BACnet standard.

The essential role of

BACnet for current

and future Fraport

construction projects

was presented by Dr.

Ulrich Kipper, who

heads Fraport AG's

central Infrastructure


Airports rely on BACnet

This was followed by an agile discussion on the

special challenges facing airport buildings. The

presentations focused on the resilient digitization

of infrastructure, artificial intelligence for smart

buildings, the BACnet operator workstation

at Frankfurt Airport as the basis for energy

savings and the integration of weather forecasts

and, time and again, on sustainability and

energy management. Helsinki Airport, as Mikko

Viinikainen, Head of Sustainability and Environment

at Finavia told the participants, is already

CO 2 -neutral. Many more airports will follow in

the next ten years and will be relying on BACnet

in their buildings to help achieve this.

With the simultaneous building automation

conferences “Indoor Mobility” and “Cyber

Security” from September 26 th to 27 th , 2019

in Frankfurt am Main, the BIG-EU is continuing

its approach to specific application cases.

The focus will be on system integration in

urban multi-purpose buildings and the active

protection of smart buildings against cyber





BACnet & BMS Journal India 1 04/19

India A Fertile Ground for Innovations and

Growth in Building Automation Systems

BACnet Global

India is the only trillion-dollar economy to rank

among the top five fastest growing economies in

the world. The $2 trillion economy is expected to

clock an average annual growth of 7.73% during

201719, backed by strong macroeconomic

fundamentals, robust domestic demand, favorable

demographics, ample resources and a proactive

government.” (Source:

Thriving sectors of the Indian economy feature

on the International Banker lists (

Engineering accounts

for around 8%, the InfoTech industry almost

60% and real estate approximately 13% of the

country’s GDP. These sectors play a vital role as

catalysts for enabling growth in the Indian building

automation industry. Building automation and

home automation are also being galvanized

by two important initiatives by the Indian


• Smart City Initiative

• Promotion of entrepreneurs and start-ups

These will require open standard/protocols in

building automation products to be created or


A need for global and local impact

To leverage the power of digitalization it is

imperative to put innovations in the building

automation industry in a format which is

compatible with both older and newer versions.

Products with global and local impact

assure lasting solutions

Let’s take the example of “Uber”. Uber has

integrated global APIs from Google Maps and

banks which makes its service highly dependable

as it is not limited to any region or country or

continent. Uber incorporates global standards

serving local needs. Integrating global APIs

helps Uber’s growth in another important way

faster time to market, as the development and

enhancements of integrated APIs are purely

based on collaboration and meeting the common

needs of people today.

Incorporating global BAS standards will enable

the Indian building automation industry to focus

upon innovations and growth and to benefit from

global collaborations and affiliations.

INBAC An invitation to design the future

of open systems building automation

community in India

To discover the interests of the building automation

industry in India, an exploratory project was

set up. This project focused on exploring understanding

through discussions with key leaders

in the building automation Industry in India. The

results were as follows:

• Market players are interested in symbiotic


• Key players place a great deal of

importance on the time-to-market (faster

development and smaller overheads),

collaboration on innovations and in a local


• Small and medium size players look at the

advantages of using a platform as a tool

for learning how to make interoperable

solutions and to showcase their products

To explore for the next phase:

• Government’s initiative to create 100 smart

cities in India

• Create awareness and thereby a market

for open standards and protocols to

leverage the power of digitalization

• Promote the usage of data as a product

(measure analyze act) for increased

energy saving, security needs and

reduced CO₂ and waste (inline with the

principle “though the funds are

individual, resources are common”)

• Smart city support groups universities,

NGOs, innovation incubation centers:

• Support and educate about open

standards and protocols and global

innovations which will help make solutions

interoperable for rapid integration

• Student activities and involvement to

prepare students for employment within

the industry by bringing in practical


• Standardization bodies global/local

• Identify problems in the Indian BAS

industry, such as upcoming innovations

and defining the necessary approach

from the perspective of local industry

Sakhee Chandrayan

Industry Consultant |


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Calendar of BACnet Events

Date Location Event Information

2019 Updates are available on

April 2527 Mumbai, India World Build India 2019,

May 2123 Philadelphia/PA, USA Lightfair International


Editorial Notes

BACnet & BMS Journal India

The BACnet & BMS Journal India is an Indian magazine

for building automation based on BACnet and other BMS

technology. Experts, practitioners and professionals

show the way in applying and developing the BACnet and

other BMS standards from building automation trends

to devices and application projects; from qualification

and training to testing and certification; from who’s who

in the BACnet and building automation community to

useful information on events and resources.

May 2224 New Delhi, India 5 th Smart Cities India 2019 Expo

May 2224

Munich, Germany

13th European BACnet Plugfest,

executive host: MBS GmbH

September 2528 Mumbai, India Automation India Expo

September 2627

September 2627

Frankfurt Airport, HOLM,


Frankfurt Airport, HOLM,


November 0710 Mumbai, India Acetech Mumbai

BACnet Indoor Mobility Conference System

integration in multi-purpose buildings

BACnet Cyber Security Conference Active

Protection of Smart Buildings,,,

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