BACnet Middle East Journal – Issue 08

BACnetMiddleEastJournal

On Occasion of the Big5 Dubai 2019 this edition provides success stories of Thuwal (Saudi Arabia), Lusail (Qatar) and Istanbul (Turkey). Articles on BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC), Cloud Computing and BAS Cybersecurity present the most recent developments to project planners, specifiers, investors, facility managers and operators.

Info: www.bacnetjournal.org

ISSN 2190-944X

­BACnet Middle East

Issue 08

November 2019

Journal

BIG-EU

Plugfest

2020

June 17 - 19, 2020

Zug, Switzerland

March 8 – 13, 2020

Frankfurt, Germany

November 25 – 28, 2019

Dubai World Trade Centre

BACnet

Solution

BACnet ­

Solution

BACnet

Insight

BACnet

Insight

King Abdullah University

of Science and Technology,

Thuwal/Saudi Arabia

Lusail Multipurpose Hall,

Lusail/Qatar

Why Does the World

Need so Many BACnet

Specifications

BACnet Secure Connect

Released

5 9 14

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Preface

the ART of Building

Sustainability

t h e

HVAC

A R T

o

f

Lighting

B U I L D I N G

S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y

Security

CERTIFIED

OPEN

STANDARDS

Ensure a strong level of

interoperability by using open

protocols which have third-party

listing laboratories to verify adherence

to your protocol’s form and function.

SECURE

DATA

Employ a single sign on (SSO)

architecture with compliance to

scalable credentialing architectures

and secure tunneling methodologies

such as BACnet virtual private

networks (B/VPN).

Select lifecycle-centric manufacturers

who minimize the negative

impacts of waste with long-term

warranty and repair services while

adhering to WEEE, RoHS and LEED

directives.

MINIMAL

WASTE

INTEGRATED

FAULT DETECTION

& DIAGNOSTICS

Specify integrated FDD (IFDD) that

delivers real-time fault detection,

step-by-step root-cause diagnostics

while using all your existing cabling

structures, including twisted-pair

networks.

Enjoy the long-term benefits of

suppliers who engineer a path

forward to new technologies while

remaining backwards compatible

without third-party gateways or

hardware replacement.

BACKWARD

COMPATIBLE

OWNERSHIP

OF ANALYTICS

Insist on timely analytics for all

stakeholders with complete control

of formatting and scheduling while

retaining full ownership of your data

and the reports generated.

Stay on top of regular advances in

technology with supplier-certified,

multi-lingual online educational

videos, technical documentation,

software updates, and advanced

face-to-face classroom courses.

OPERATOR

TRAINING

SINGLE-APP

EXPERIENCE

Create better-connected spaces

with real-time access to occupancy,

lighting, ventilation, and thermal

comfort levels, using a holistic single

app on the occupant’s mobile device.

Choose from a global network of

factory-certified service partners

who are passionate about long term,

consistent, local support for you and

your buildings.

FACTORY-

CERTIFIED

SERVICE

Sustainability requires a high level of integration between HVAC, lighting, and security

systems. The art of building sustainability skillfully combines this integration with other

technological and supporting elements that must endure over the long term. When these

additional elements are maintained over the life of your building, true building

sustainability emerges. To learn more about the ART of Building Sustainability please visit

www.reliablecontrols.com/TABS11J19

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Preface

5 6

Editorial

Open and Secure – Building Automation 2020 in Middle East 4

Solutions

Interface via BACnet/IP at King Abdullah University 5

BACnet as Multi-Vendor Backbone in Hilltown AVM 6

Low Cost of Operations in Lusail Iconic Stadium 9

BACnet Insight

Benefits of BACnet Certification10

Why Does the World Need so Many BACnet Specifications?12

A Celebration of SSPC History and Accomplishment 14

BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC) Released 16

Products

Award-Winning Sensor Hub17

Local Override/Indication Devices (LO/ID) for 17

Physical and Virtual Data Points

Into the Age of Digitalization With “modulo 6”18

Cloud-Ready BACnet Controllers 20

A Practical Approach to BAS Cybersecurity 21

BACnet Interest Groups News

New Courses at ASHRAE Global Training Hub in Dubai22

BACnet Cyber Security and City Center Conference23

61 participants tested products at European BACnet Plugfest 24

Calendar of BACnet Events 24

Editorial Notes 24

Issue 8 | November 2019

Cover picture:

Lusail Multipurpose Hall, Lusail/Qatar

© WikiCommons

This issue can be downloaded

from www.BACnetjournal.org

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Editorial

Open and Secure –

Building Automation

2020 in Middle East

Dear ­Readers,

The EXPO 2020, which starts in October 2020 and lasts until April 2021, is expected to boost

tourism in Dubai. Numerous construction projects are to be completed in the course of 2020. This

can be seen as an opportunity to promote tourism in the entire region, not just in the Emirate of Dubai.

These building activities contribute, among other mega projects, to an increase of the BACnet

market share in Middle East from 47% in 2012 to 71% in 2017. And according to the youngest BSRIA

analysis the project specifications requiring BACnet are about 88 %. Therefore the Big5 in Dubai, the

largest construction trade show in Middle East, is a springboard into future construction initiatives

that benefit from the increasing added value of the BACnet standard.

The latest achievement of the open standard is the BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC) addendum.

In these days it will be officially published by the ASHRAE. This paves the way for IT-safe crossmanufacturer

networking of building technology with BACnet communication. BACnet/SC is a virtual

data link layer for the existing BACnet stack based on the WebSocket protocol.

You will find further details on the new BACnet capabilities in this new issue of the BACnet Middle

East Journal. We also provide an overview of selected reference projects and of technical developments.

An introduction to the role of the BTL mark and news from the BACnet communities in Europe

and America round off the magazine.

See you at the Big5!

Florian Muss

CEO

Romutec

Member of the BIG-EU

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Solutions

Interface via BACnet/IP at ­

King Abdullah University

The King Abdullah University of Science

and Technology (KAUST) is located on the

coast of the Red Sea, approximately 80

KM north of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. It is a

globally renowned graduate research university

that makes significant contributions

to scientific and technological advancement,

playing a crucial role in the development

of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the

region and the world. The construction of

the university is an ongoing process with a

goal towards sustainable development.

technical support and application engineers for a

period of on-site support in Saudi Arabia.

Sierra Monitor was the preferred supplier

because 1) it was the only gateway with the

necessary drivers to link Lutron, SimplexGrinnell,

EST3 and EST QuickStart to BACnet/IP and

2) Sierra Monitor has significant proven

experience in this integration and is the gateway

of choice by manufacturers of these products.

At this time approximately 250 FieldServers

are installed at KAUST with more planned as

development continues.

Construction involved a multi-billion dollar effort

by a consortium of engineering and construction

contractors. The entire campus, including

the 19 massive academic buildings, hundreds

of town center buildings and over a thousand

student and faculty buildings housing over

12,000 people on this 3,200 acre site. It is

monitored and controlled via a system known

as ICAS (Inter Campus Automation System).

ICAS tracks every electrical and security device

in the infrastructure including lights, window

shades, motion sensors, fire alarm panels, computer

screens, temperatures, water flow and

many other devices and parameters.

ICAS integrator utilizes FieldServer gateways for

two primary tasks. The first was to interface to

all academic building lighting panels (Lutron).

The second was to interface to hundreds of

fire alarm panels (EST3, EST QuickStart and

SimplexGrinnell) distributed throughout the

academic buildings, town center and residences.

All of these devices needed to interface to the

ICAS via BACnet/IP. In addition to the gateways,

Sierra Monitor also provided fee-based remote

Lutron Lighting Panels interfacing to FieldServer

Amber Livingston

Sierra Monitor Corporation

sales@sierramonitor.com | www.sierramonitor.com

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Solutions

BACnet as Multi-Vendor Backbone ­

in Hilltown AVM

Established in 1993 by Dr. Erman Ilıcak,

Ronesans Holding furnishes services as

the main contractor and investor in more

than 20 countries with its 67,000 officials

throughout the world. Operating in such

fields as construction, real estate development,

energy and health, the Holding is the

38 th largest international contracting company

of the world and the 10 th largest contractor

of Europe.

Ronesans Gayrimenkul Yatırım (RGY) is the commercial

real estate development and investment

company of the Ronesans Group. RGY has

become a leading commercial real estate player in

Turkey in regards to total leasable area by combining

the Group’s construction experience of over

25 years with its real estate experience of 17

years. Real estates of the company covers nine

shopping malls, three offices, one school and

one residence project in different cities of Turkey.

retail areas, nine movie theatres, 40 cafes/restaurants,

and car parking area for 2400 vehicles,

occupying a 65.000 square meter site

in the eastern Istanbul, Turkey. It is the most

One of the latest developments of Ronesans;

Hilltown AVM is an exciting new shopping,

dining and entertainment destination with 200

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The electromechanical automation system has

been designed to provide energy efficiency,

comfort and sustainability. All controls (controllers

and interfaces) supplied from multiple

vendors are to be selected with BTL approval.

Hilltown received a LEED Gold Certificate through

LEED BD+C rating system. Building Automation

System with BACnet, played an supportive role

for LEED accreditation.

“By using BACnet as backbone for our Building

Automation System, we have achieved the successful

and easy integration processes for all

necessary sub systems of our electromechanical

concept. For over 18 sub systems have been

integrated Building Automation System through

BACnet and this has ensured data collection/

analysis/monitoring for efficient facility management,

and energy efficiency for better building

performance,” says Burak Rıza Toraman, The

Mechanical Coordinator of the Ronesans Real

Estate Investment.

appealing shopping, dining and entertainment

spot for the city residents with one million

visitors per month figure.

The 4th Generation Mall Hilltown

Hilltown is designed as a natural extension of

the best parts of Istanbul living. It offers a mix

of urban experiences with open-air streets, intimate

plazas, grand squares and distant vistas.

Restaurant terraces overlook green spaces and

the sea and islands beyond. It is a place of discovery

that reveals itself gradually through a progression

of varied spaces, and repeatedly, with

each return visit offering a new perspective and

unique experience. The variety of experience

and discovery extends to an indoor shopping

mall with full amenities embedded within the

hillside beneath the outdoor village. With a strikingly

clean and modern design, this area provides

all the conveniences, services and refinement

of a world class retail destination. It is fully

connected to and integrated with the outdoor

village with sunken gardens and dining terraces.

Visitor and tenant comfort, high energy efficiency

and sustainability are the three major

parameters that influenced the electromechanical

design. The electromechanical system

is entirely commissioned by effective commissioning

resources.

Building Automation with BACnet

Burak Rıza Toraman

Technical Director | Rönesans Holding

burak.toraman@rgy.com.tr | www.ronesans.com

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Solutions

We Know BACnet -

So You Don’t Have To

• Sleek New Footprint

• Cloud Enabled

• Easy Data Mapping

The industry’s leading BACnet platform just got better. FieldServer, recently acquired by MSA

Safety, is the trusted brand for facilities automation and IIoT Protocol Gateways.

We know BACnet so you don’t have to.

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Solutions

Low Cost of Operations in ­

Lusail Iconic Stadium

managed switch, with two external ports. This

switch allows the use of a line structure for the

Ethernet cabling, and ring structure such as

RTSP (Rapid Tree Spanning Protocol). These

structures remove networking components

from the installation, which decreases costs and

limits faults.

The Lusail Multipurpose Hal in Qatar

achieves 50% lower network load for its

HVAC facilities, compared to conventional

systems. VLT ® HVAC Drives serves the

stadium with a unique BACnet/IP, ideal for

building automation and control networks.

The Lusail Stadium is an exceptional sports

arena operating Danfoss VLT HVAC Drive

units with BACnet/IP, selected and installed by

Dorman Smith. This landmark multi-purpose

purpose indoor sports hall is one of the first of

the upcoming stadiums in Doha, Qatar, built for

the world handball championships and supporting

the sporting event infrastructure of Qatar. It

has a budget of over $325 million, and has been

developed by the Qatar Olympic Committee.

The main hall seats 15,300 spectators

spaciously. Overall, the facility, with one main

hall and two training halls following the standards

and recommendations of the International

Handball Federation (IHF), has a footprint

of 45,000 square meters (over 484,000 square

feet).

The BMS runs on BACnet/IP, controlling all

aspects of the facility to ensure optimal energy

efficiency and a low total cost of operations (TCO).

© WIki-Commons

integration of the VLT HVAC Drive into each

BMS using the BACnet/IP protocol or by

running BACnet on Ethernet. It can read and

share data points and transfer actual and

requested values to and from the systems.

The VLT HVAC Drive facilitates daisy-chain

configuration with no need for external

switches. It achieves this via the embedded

The VLT BACnet/IP MCA 125 also enables

control of multiple high-efficiency permanent

magnet motors in parallel.

Fast data access, better

network utilization

Besides standard functionality, the VLT HVAC

Drive with BACnet/IP offers faster access to

data, and low loading of the BMS, enabling the

use of a smaller overall BMS.

Compared to many native BACnet products,

the benefits for this project of using the new

solution are reduced installation time, faster

commissioning time, and optimal stability in BMS

performance.

© WIki-Commons

Reduced cost of ownership

The VLT BACnet/IP MCA 125 option brings

enhanced functionality to reduce overall

cost of ownership, allowing quick and easy

Jesper Therbo

Global Director, HVAC | Danfoss Drives

Jesper.Therbo@danfoss.com | www.drives.danfoss.com

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BACnet Insight

Benefits of BACnet Certification

In today’s networked world of building automation,

nothing works without communication.

Communication needs standards so that it works

safely and without problems. In turn, there needs

to be reliable proof that these standards are met.

For the BACnet standard this proof is the BTL

mark.

BACnet is the standard communication protocol

in building automation. The worldwide ISO

standard is almost 30 years young and it is constantly

being developed. For example, there are

changes to the protocol in process to address

cybersecurity. Appropriate solutions are continuously

developed, reviewed and then adopted in

new versions of the standard.

From the beginning, the development and evolution

of the BACnet standard has been challenged

to ensure that manufacturers correctly

implement the standard in their devices. It must

be remembered that the range of devices is

very diverse and is becoming more extensive.

Devices range from simple sensors to building

management systems. At the same time, the

complexity of the individual products increases

with the scope of the tasks which the building

automation has to fulfill. This means that the

challenge of developing and producing quality

working products is growing.

Tests and test laboratories

At the request of manufacturers and users, a

test and certification procedure for the BACnet

standard was developed.

A single BACnet test laboratory was founded

where products could be sent for testing and

certification, ensuring that all products were

being held to the same standard of testing. This

was followed by the creation of more recognized

BACnet test laboratories. The abbreviation “BTL”

stands for the umbrella organization BACnet

Testing Laboratories. The aim of BTL was, and

still is, to provide a reliable, widely available and

repeatable conformance test for devices using

the BACnet protocol for communication. Furthermore,

the BTL mark, awarded and supervised

by the umbrella organization BTL, stands

for devices that have successfully passed this

conformity test.

A BTL recognized test laboratory must meet

defined requirements. Only when it has proven

that it reliably fulfills these can it be accredited

and thus given the authorization to carry out

testing.

BTL recognized test labs check devices to

verify that the BACnet standard has been fully

and correctly implemented in each device. The

basis for this is a test plan which is created by

the BTL Working Group. The procedure and the

outcome of the testing is noted in the test log.

This makes it clear which functionalities were

included and checked in the test. The repeatability

of the tests is ensured by following steps

- largely automatically - in an exact sequence.

BTL CERTIFICATION

On-ramp to Intelligent Building System Integration

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provisions for integrating information and control

from multiple systems provided by a variety of

BACnet specification and promotes a high level of

interoperability of products in the field. It has been

developed over the last 20 years by the BACnet Testing


BACnet Insight

The test procedure

To certify a device, manufacturers must submit

a device and a number of documents to a

recognized BACnet test lab. The device profile

category the device belongs to must be indicated

together with the version of the test plan

that should be used. The test laboratory checks

the documents and then carries out the corresponding

test. Depending on the device profile

and complexity, testing a device can take several

hours, several days or even several weeks. During

the test, a test log is generated. If the test is

successful, this result will be documented by the

test protocol. BTL recognized test labs are found

at several locations worldwide. Every laboratory

works according to the same specifications and

carries out the same tests. The manufacturer

can freely choose where to test a device. An up

to date list can be found at the end of this article.

A number of laboratories in Asia and Europe are

currently applying for recognition.

The BTL brand and its importance in

tenders

After testing has been completed in one of the

accredited test laboratories, the test report

is transmitted by the manufacturer to the BTL

umbrella organization (https://www.bacnetlabs.

org) in America. There, it is formally checked to

determine whether the test has been carried out

in all respects conforming to the test plan and

the device specification. A certificate is subsequently

issued for the product. The product is

then included in the list of tested devices, the socalled

listing, and the manufacturer then has the

right to place the BTL mark on the tested device.

BTL (the umbrella organization overseeing

testing and certification)

btl-manager@bacnetinternational.org

Tel: +1 678-275-4018

RECOGNIZED TEST LABS:

BTL Test Lab

2900 Delk Road

Suite 700, PMB 321

Marietta, GA 30067

USA

Tel. +1 678-269-4923

Fax +1-678-229-2777

https://www.btltestlab.org

Email: testing@bacnetinternational.org

Contact: Rich Ruel

MBS GmbH

Römerstr. 15

47809 Krefeld

Germany

Tel. +49 (0)2151 7294-0

Fax. +49 (0)2151 7294-50

www.mbs-software.de

Email: testlabor(at)mbs-software.de

Contact: Christian Enklaar

iHomeLab

BACnet test laboratory

Technikumstrasse 21

CH-5048 Horw

Switzerland

Tel. +41 (0)41 349 33 81

www.hslu.ch/en

Email: dieter.vonarx@hslu.ch

Contact: Dieter von Arx

BTL-certified products form the basis of an

optimally functioning BACnet communication

system. If only products that are BTL-tested are

used in a project, some basic requirements for

successful BACnet communication are ensured.

For this reason, an increasing number of

planners and builders not only stipulate the use

of the BACnet standard in their tenders, but also

insist that only products with the BTL mark are

used. BTL certification is therefore already a

mandatory product feature in many tenders and

projects.

It does not take a lot of time to research BTL

listed products. They are all included on the BTL's

official website. (https://www.bacnetlabs.org).

The listing of BTL tested products is very

extensive, containing over 1000 products. It

covers virtually all the requirements of building

automation and offers an extensive choice

between many different manufacturers.

Hans Symanczik

Director TEMA Technologie Marketing AG | TEMA AG

symanczik@tema.de | www.tema.de

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BACnet Insight

Why Does the World Need so Many

BACnet Specifications?

Increasing numbers of property portfolio operators

are developing their own BACnet specifications.

And they are doing so despite the existence

of numerous recognized guidelines such

as ISO 16484-5 and 6 (“BACnet standard”) or

the standardization of the Mechanical and Electrical

Engineering Working Group of German

National, Regional and Local Governments, or

AMEV for short.

Keep on reading to find out why, particularly if

you are looking to implement BACnet into your

property portfolio in order to tap into efficiency

potential for energy consumption, operating

costs or system availability.

Standardizations such as those implemented by

the AMEV define the basic way in which BACnet

is to be used. This is an important step towards

the deployment of different manufacturers within

a property portfolio. One way of keeping a grip

on planning and implementation costs while also

remaining manufacturer-independent includes

ensuring that all providers can offer the same

functions. You will need to prevent one manufacturer

from surreptitiously gaining a permanent

competitive advantage thanks to the positioning

of its Management and Operation Unit (MOU).

Your internal BACnet specification will therefore

need to contain specifications regarding at least

the following points for all projects.

General specifications for your

BACnet network

As your BACnet network grows, not only will you

need to ensure that it is kept in order, but you

will also need to set up BACnet sub-networks in

order to reduce the communication load. You will

therefore need to specify:

• How the BACnet device IDs should be

assigned. BACnet device IDs must be

unique within the BACnet networks in

order to prevent communication failures.

• That precisely one BBMD must be set up

per sub-network as soon as broadcast

communication to the sub-network is blocked

by the router and that “foreign devices” are

allowed in these BBMDs if the MOU is to be

operated in a separate sub-network.

• Which changes require which measured

values to be sent, i.e. which data sets should

contain which COV increment in order to

limit the communication load.

• Which priorities should be used in the

Priority Arrays 8 to 16. Priority 8 is

commonly prescribed for the MOU, for

example, and priority 16 for the automation

stations.

• That the MOU supports at least the revision

status of the automation stations (AS) in

order to ensure that all services and objects

can be used.

Specifications for your BACnet object use

BACnet objects offer a wide range of options for

simplifying the building automation process. This

makes it all the more important for you to clarify

how these objects should be used for your projects.

In particular, you should specify that:

• Only the BACnet objects that you have

defined may be used for each system type in

your property portfolio in order to prevent an

impenetrable array of used objects for each

system type.

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BACnet Insight

• No proprietary BACnet objects may be used

at the automation stations, and particularly

not if these are used to map MOU-relevant

functions such as the project hierarchy.

• Your identification system for defining the

“Object name” is used, as well as the

“description” for clear-text information

regarding the data point.

• The corresponding properties with the

physical units, status and condition texts

must be used in accordance with your

stipulations in the specification.

• Physical inputs/outputs are always mapped

with the input/output objects and are not

converted to other object types in the AU.

• Override functions such as manual operation

are not activated via separate override

objects but via the priority-writing functions.

Specifications for the efficient support of

your management functions

In order to ensure that new sites can be smoothly

integrated into your BACnet Management and

Operation Unit, you will also need to have set

concrete specifications. These are, in particular,

specifications for:

• Alarm and event management: Your aim

here must be to store the foundations of your

processes for the processing of alarms and

events in the AS. You will therefore need to

define which notification classes should be

created in the AS and which objects should

be allocated to the notification classes.

• Trend management: You will need to define

what values should be stored for how long

and under what circumstances. In particular,

you will need to define what you wish to retain

on the automation station during which cycle

or for what change of value (CoV) and with

how many memory entries (buffer size) in

order to then evaluate this at a later date.

• The mapping of the time switching

functions: These should only be performed

via the BACnet schedule and calendar

objects. Cross-station time switching

functions (central functions) can also be

mapped at an automation level using

Christian Wild

CEO ICONAG Leittechnik GmbH

christian.wild@iconag.com

www.iconag.com

BACnet. Client mapping can be used to

perform switching commands from an AS on

other automation stations.

The costs for the creation of your BACnet specification

are very manageable and will be paid off

very quickly as the specification will allow you to

achieve a real competitive advantage and considerable

cost and time benefits in the planning

and implementation of building automation projects

within your property portfolio.

If you would like more information on the planning

of manufacturer-neutral Management

and Operation Units with BACnet, we will happily

send you the BACnet building control system

guide (in German) free of charge. This can

be easily downloaded from https://www.iconag.

com/lp/bacnetratgeber.php or alternatively you

can request it by phone on +49-6781-562340.

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BACnet Insight

A Celebration of SSPC History and­

Accomplishment

The history of SSPC began, officially, with

ameeting regarding a proposed Standard

for ASHRAE back in June of 1987. At that

time it was called SPC 135, which stood for

Standard Project Committee 135P (P for

proposed). In 1995, ANSI / ASHRAE Standard

135 was published. In 1996, Standing

Standard Project Committee 135 (SSPC 135)

was formed to interpret, maintain and extend

the standard.

The Growth of the Standard

A working Standard is, by its nature, a living

document. Some changes have been extremely

practical. Other changes and developments

are more aspirational, showing a course that

is being directed toward a future that we

all desire to see – with increased capabilities,

wider adoption, and even ahead-of-thecurve

promotion that puts us in a leadership

position to define technology rather than one

of reaction to directions and actions that the

fast pace of technological advancement and

impatient development is already taking us.

In the beginning, the Standard’s intent was

to align reasonable and best-use cases into a

single language and protocol that ensured

open understanding and enabled interoperabilityacross

many vendors. Our ongoing tests

and interoperability workshops show that no

document – however specific – can ensure

successful implementation without proof of

conformance via testing.

Of course, the Standard moves on, with

the ongoing development and maintenance

required to include technology that is moving

on too. Technology and use cases evolve at

lightning speed, and Standards, by their nature,

are often in perpetual catch-up mode, trying to

create guidelines for a future that is already

creating itself.

There is no doubt that the Standard can

becalled a success by all who use BTL-

Certified devices. The idea of interoperability

is largely lived out in successful Building Automation

Systems and infrastructures large and

small, compact and distributed.

As the Standard continues to evolve, Addenda

and Errata bring us expanded capabilities

verified and validated by the committee, and

they range from the obvious to the futurereaching,

both of which are necessary in

building Standards. There will always be a need

for addressing gaps as they are created or

discovered, and there needs to be a way to look

forward in the direction of what is to come and

the challenges that we will need to be prepared

to face.

We asked Michael Osborne, SSPC 135 Chair,

to identify a number of additions to the standard

from the past 10 years or so that should

be recognized here.

Highlights of Addenda to the Standard

since 2008

This list is a small subset of a very long list of

addenda that have been completed in the last

10 years. This list includes changes that have

helped to extend or improve existing capabilities

in the standard as well as extend it beyond

the traditional HVAC industry.

• The methods used to configure and deliver

alarms and events was completely revisited

resulting in significant changes to clarify,

improve and enhance usability and

interoperability.

• Simple value objects, such as Large Analog

values to allow very large values like

kilowatt -hours to be incorporated into

BACnet, and the CharacterString Value

object that provides a writable string

outside of Object_Name and Device_Type

was also incorporated.

• New objects and services to support

Access Control, Lighting and Elevators were

added.

• There are many types of operator workstations

that have been designed to meet the

specific needs of Lighting, Access Control,

Life Safety and HVAC. BACnet Profiles have

been extended to include these diverse

types.

• In all technical standards there are

capabilities that are never incorporated or

are no longer valid with changes in

technology. As they are identified, these

capabilities have been, and continue to be,

deprecated by the committee.

• Several objects were added to improve the

features a vendor can incorporate into

products. These include trending of multiple

values within a single log using the

TrendLog Multiple object, the Notification

Forwarder object to allow simpler devices to

add alarming capabilities, and the Timer

object that allows an interoperable method

to support a countdown timer.

• Interoperable configuration of the diverse

set of communication ports supported

within BACnet was completed with the

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addition of the Network Port object.

• The ability to log any changes to a BACnet

system was added with the addition of

auditing objects and services.

• The evolution of technology resulted in the

addition of BACnet Webservices with

RESTful services and the deprecation of

SOAP services.

• Last, and surely not least, was the addition

of IPv6 into the standard.

The committee continues to add new addenda

to the standard that will further improve

existing capabilities and add new ones. The

committee has no less than eight addenda in

various stages from “in development” to “ready

to publish”. This work includes adding a new

security mechanism that incorporates the latest

security requirements as well as incorporating

sematic tagging methodologies.

Those Tasked to Maintain and Extend

The official SSPC 135 committee includes a

variety of stakeholders, including suppliers

(vendors), users, consultants and liaisons currently

totaling 34 members. Perhaps less well

known is that all Committee meetings are open

to anyone and participation is encouraged.

As a community, we are grateful to those who

have been and remain involved, not only in

crafting the Standard from the building blocks

of current use, but also those who explore the

future of what-ifs and what-abouts, that need

to be considered and perhaps accounted for as

we look ahead to the directions technological

evolution will be heading. It is this intensive and

expert creative and technically precise effort

that makes our work, work.

The productivity and longevity of SSPC-135

ismworth celebrating. For the success of

Standardization, ASHRAE 135 (which led to

ISO and international adoption, as well as a

Companion Standard for Conformance Testing,

ASHRAE 135.1); for the ability of the

committee to address open issues (those

exposed during current and past use); and the

ability to look forward with curiosity to where

the standard is headed, what capacities will

be needed and what directions we want to be

ready to address. This ongoing development,

deliberate and creative thinking will allow us to

remain relevant and integrated into new technology.

And – with this forethought – we’ll be

more prepared to address interoperability challenges

as our market expands and shifts in

scope and scale, including technologies not

even imagined when the committee began.

The Editors want to thank Michael Osborne,

SSPC 135 Chair, Duffy O’Craven, former

BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) Manager,

along with other current and former members

of the SSPC 135 for their invaluable input and

insight. In addition, some dates and references

were obtained from www.bacnet.org.

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BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC) Released

The ASHRAE BACnet Committee has released

the BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC) for

publication. This paves the way for the IT-secure,

manufacturer-independent networking of building

technology within the BACnet communication

protocol.

The BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU)

expects the official release by ASHRAE to occur

within the next few weeks. “The release at the

BACnet committee meeting at the end of October

in Atlanta was an important step after intensive

preparations following up to the publication,”

confirms Bernhard Isler (Siemens), ASHRAE and

BACnet Committee Member, main author of the

BACnet/SC Addendum and also Head of the

Applications Working Group. Before being published

as Addendum 135-2016bj to BACnet

2016, the addition had to go through the publication

process of ASHRAE. No further approvals

are necessary.

Compatible with all BACnet devices

BACnet/SC is a virtual data link layer for the

existing BACnet stack based on the WebSocket

protocol. BACnet/SC is compatible with all existing

BACnet devices via standard BACnet routers.

Numerous manufacturers have already

equipped their new products with “BACnet/SC

ready”. At Light + Building (March 8th to 13th,

2020), users will be able to obtain detailed information

about the new IT security in the BACnet

standard. The motto at the BACnet stand will be

“BACnet – Open and Secure”.

The White Paper of the same name also provides

detailed information about BACnet/SC. It

is freely available in the ASHRAE Bookstore.

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Products

Award-Winning Sensor Hub

Delta Controls’ O3 Sensor Hub has won the

AHR Product Innovation award for 2020. The O3

combines seven different sensors to provide the

most accurate view of any interior space available

on the market. It’s Native BACnet and IoTenabled

with support for MQTT. It functions as

a communications hub and a standalone room

controller.

The O3 combines temperature sensing, occupancy

detection, humidity, and wireless integration

into one package. Sensor Fusion is used to

enhance the occupant experience with heightened

room control and to reduce false occupancy

detections. It’s ceiling-mounted to maximize

functionality from the best vantage point of

the room, enabling it to accurately detect occupancy

with simple reads from body heat, keyboard

noise or motion. It also quickly detects

when occupants leave the room, resulting in cost

savings valuable to facilities management.

Delta Controls

marketing@deltacontrols.com

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With the O3 Sensor Hub 2.0,

Delta Controls Inc. aims to

change how the controls

industry looks at occupant

satisfaction.

Local Override/Indication Devices (LO/ID)

for Physical and Virtual Data Points

Economic Efficiency in Combination with

Security

Modern building technology requires innovative

solutions that support a flexible and easy to use

facility management.

Modern building automation is based on bus

technology and computer networks. The building

control systems are located centrally. Via intelligent

data networks they control the peripherally

installed devices.

In order to keep specific system functions in

operation during maintenance, outages or other

failure of the system controller, a local override

and indication solution according to DIN

EN ISO 16484 is necessary. The LO/ID shall be

designed in a way that the system can be set into

service or maintain the desired functions selfsufficient

and independent of the automation

controller. Romutec provides since 1992 local

override solutions and is a pioneer in this area

for the building automation.

Devices for Increasing Security, Enhanced

by the Use of BACnet MS/TP

The LO/ID is modularly structured and designed

for 19" installation. The front modules can

consist of different buttons, a wide variety of

switches and multi-color LEDs for indicating the

status of your plant.

Even for fire dampers and smoke switches there

is an application available.

The parameter setting can be done using any

native BACnet tool. There is no programming

effort required in the traditional sense.

Optimum design and individual labeling options

guarantee the monitoring of functions and states

of all controlled devices at a glance.

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Products

Into the Age of Digitalization With “modulo 6”

Practical experience gathered over the last 10

years from an impressive number of projects

has resulted in important findings for the development

of a new system generation: Building

automation of the future demands more processor

performance, far larger data volumes and,

at the same time, easy operability. The system

is also to be seamlessly embedded in the Internet

of Things (IoT) and use the latest cloud technologies.

As a consequence of opening up to the

world of IoT, the system additionally needs protection

from cyber attacks. In a time of shortlived

technological trends, our customers nevertheless

require system components that have an

availability of at least 10 years. They also expect

their investment in SAUTER technologies to be

protected: This means cost-effective refurbishment

of existing systems and the greatest possible

efficiency during commissioning, without

interruption to ongoing operations. We have

accepted all of these challenges, and are building

a bridge between tried and tested building

technology and the latest trends in digitalization

with the new SAUTER modulo 6 system generation.

Simple and Intuitive Operation on all

Levels

During the development of modulo 6 we paid

particular attention to providing a high level of

user-friendliness. SAUTER modulo 6 can be

operated intuitively. modulo 6 connects via Bluetooth

to a smartphone or tablet. An app with a

clear layout enables access to measured values,

control values and system parameters, and features

the very practical option of performing set

up and wiring tests even before a program has

been loaded. The app also skilfully takes care

of complex tasks, such as configuring network

parameters, defining user roles, loading encryption

certificates and performing data backups

and restores.

As an alternative to smartphone operation, modulo

6 also has a local operating unit (LOI) with a

high-resolution graphical colour display. The LOI

can be attached to any I/O module and immediately

displays all relevant data for the respective

module in real time. Also, important for startup

and emergency situations: The LOI offers

manual override operation decoupled from the

automation station in accordance with EN ISO

16484-2. With the optional power injector, the

I/O modules are also independent from the automation

station’s power supply.

The automation station offers even easier operation

thanks to its embedded moduWeb Unity

HTML5 web server. The moduWeb Unity’s

graphic user interface enables the display of

and interaction with entire buildings, zones, individual

spaces and technological systems. With

the moduWeb Unity’s scope of functions, in

many instances a separate server-based building

management system becomes unnecessary.

The structured display of BACnet objects,

the self-explanatory graphic calendar, time programmes

and trend logs allow building technicians

to perform their daily tasks interactively.

IoT and the Cloud – Communication

without Barriers

SAUTER modulo 6 knows the specialised communication

protocols of the systems for heating,

ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, energy

and resource measurement (BACnet/IP, Modbus,

KNX, DALI, M-Bus, etc.). SAUTER Engineering

Tool CASE 4.0 integrates all kinds of

bus systems in one stable and secure overall

system. modulo 6 expands these internationally

accepted best practices with a higher communication

layer for the IoT and it breaks with

traditional thinking in terms of separate technical

building systems, because the new world of

the IoT demands communication without barriers.

SAUTER modulo 6 networks with the cloud

and the IoT just as naturally and securely as with

the existing systems for heating, ventilation, and

air conditioning. This means that, on request,

the modulo 6 automation station communicates

simultaneously with the traditional BACnet building

network and the IoT via the MQTT protocol,

using an encrypted and protected connection.

SAUTER Cloud services take over the role of

a traditional management system. The future

building operator calls up the services of the

management system from the cloud as required.

However, they only pay for the functions and

data that they actually need. Therefore, a local

building server can be done without, if desired.

Subsequently, the costs for local data centres

and their operation no longer apply.

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This enables new strategies for the efficient use

of buildings: Optimisation of the operation via

analysis of building data in the cloud, cost reduction

by using cloud services as well as information

about the current level of usage for actuators

and valves with predictive information about

the expected serviceable life. In short: modulo 6

speaks the language of the most efficient buildings

of the future.

Cyber Security by Design

As buildings are being connected to the Internet

of Things and the cloud, the security of systems

and networks is becoming a major challenge.

SAUTER modulo 6 has had this protection built

in from the outset. The automation station offers

a network interface that is completely separated

from the building network and thus creates a

type of firewall between the IoT and the building

network. The encryption, authentication and

access security are guaranteed by proven security

technologies. modulo 6 is also equipped for

the BACnet SC (BACnet Secure Connect) security

standard.

SAUTER has defined the modulo 6 security concept

in detail within the scope of the new international

standard for Cyber Security for Industrial

Automation, IEC 62443. The modulo 6

security levels achieved for network and system

components have been derived from this in

accordance with the standard. This structured

definition of the security levels makes it possible

to specify additional targeted measures for systems

that are particularly worth protecting.

Cost-Effective Refurbishment in

Budget-Friendly Stages

Despite state-of-the-art technology, buildings

have life cycles of several decades. Existing systems

can be updated in budget-friendly stages

without any interruptions. One very important

special feature: Already developed control and

regulation programs from the SAUTER modulo 5

system generation can be reused. As required,

even multiple modulo 5 and modulo 6 programs

can run on one station in parallel with a

wide variety of process cycles. modulo 6 is thus

largely backwards compatible in terms of programs

and networks, integrates its own and

third-party installations and also offers the link

to the era of the cloud and IoT – all this without

neglecting the necessary security.

Consolidation and High Performance

Building technology in the age of the Internet of

Things requires ultrafast communication with

an abundance of networked devices. The consolidation

of production, office and residential

space calls for increasingly smaller devices.

The new generation of SAUTER automation stations

are designed for these challenges: modulo

6 offers previously unequalled levels of performance

in terms of data points, memory space

and processing speed – all this in a highly compact

space. A single automation station can

process up to 1,600 sensor and actuator signals.

The number of required BACnet objects

per automation station can thereby grow to well

over 3,000. Nevertheless, the modular system

design enables the provision of customised performance

for the most varied requirements at

optimised overall costs. From simple heating and

ventilation control right up to networked building

clusters. Our customers, and not the system, set

the limits.

SAUTER Head Office, Fr. SAUTER AG

info@sauter-controls.com

www.sauter-controls.com

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Products

Cloud-Ready BACnet Controllers

Contemporary Controls has introduced a feature

in its enclosed BASpi series of BACnet controllers

which make the controllers Azure IoT Central

ready. The user only needs to open a free

Azure IoT Central account to experience cloud

computing.

Microsoft Azure’s IoT Central is a subset of

Microsoft’s Azure cloud. It provides a low-cost,

entry-level introduction to cloud computing while

providing many of the features found in a BAS

head-end such as email alarming, customized

dashboard, and trending – all by filling out

forms on a webpage or by dragging and dropping

graphical elements using a common web

browser. No programming is required, and the

first 5 connected devices are free. Additional

devices are US$2/month/device. Therefore, with

a very small investment, an individual can open

their own IoT Central account and create a cloud

solution with little effort. Configuration is just as

easy because the BASpi provides an Azure IoT

Central configuration web page.

BASpi Edge Controllers

The BASpi is a series of both board-level and

enclosed BACnet B-ASC open controllers each

powered by the popular Raspberry Pi micro PC.

All controllers in the series are programmable

using license-free Sedona where a free programming

tool is used to assemble components

onto a wire sheet, configured, and then interconnected

to create applications. The enclosed

BASpi series are 24 VAC/VDC powered and

The dashboard collects your device data such as current status, historical trends and device geolocation and displays

it in one centralized location.

DIN-rail mountable. There are currently three

models in the enclosed series that are Azure

IoT Ready. Two server models have 12 points of

I/O with six universal inputs, six binary outputs

or four binary outputs and two analog outputs

capable of unitary control such as fan coils or

small air handlers. The one client model has no

resident I/O but includes a BACnet MS/TP port

for supervising MS/TP server devices along with

several useful features including weather service

support. All models support a REST API making

them truly open controllers.

The BASpi enclosed series of BACnet controllers

are termed Edge Controllers having a

BACnet/IP connection over Ethernet or Wi-Fi

for local devices, and a MQTT connection to the

cloud. By having Raspberry Pi hardware compliance,

the BASpi takes advantage of Microsoftprovided

Azure cloud connector software for the

Raspberry Pi which is resident in the BASpi. This

simplifies configuration.

Easy cloud provisioning

Provisioning the BASpi for Azure IoT Central

is straight forward. Simply open an account

with Azure IoT Central, create a new device in

the portal, copy the Scope ID, Device ID, and

Primary Key and paste them into the respective

fields in the BASpi’s cloud configuration web

page. Set your Poll Rate, check off the points you

want, and you are ready to push these points to

the cloud or receive commands on points from

the cloud. Communication is bi-directional. With

the two BASpi server models you have available

36 points. With the BASpi client model you

have 192. For the server models, setpoints in the

cloud can drive the servers. For the client model,

points from local MS/TP devices can be relayed

up to the cloud.

For detailed information on entry-level cloud

computing using the BASpi, visit our website at

www.baspi.io.

Two BASpi Enclosed Controllers with 12 points of I/O are

shown next to the BASpi BACnet Client Controller with a

built-in isolated EIA-485 serial port.

Michał Papierz

EMEA Operations Manager Sales & Marketing. | Contemporary Controls

michalp@ccontrols.co.uk | www.ccontrols.com

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A Practical Approach to BAS Cybersecurity

Anyone in building operations will acknowledge

the mounting importance of cybersecurity in

the building automation space. But the practical

application of making building automation systems

(BAS) cyber-secure eludes many of us.

Making your BAS cyber-secure doesn’t need to

be overwhelming. There are key cybersecurity

considerations at the interface, server and

supervisory controller levels, as well as networking

and protocol considerations.

Browser-based user interface

It sounds obvious, but does your BAS interface

require a strong and complex password? Are

the user name and password obscured, so that

observational techniques can’t be used to hack

the system? Dormant accounts pose a security

risk and should be identified. Your BAS should

allow for centralized user account management,

which allows IT control and visibility over every

device, application or network (without dictating

what resources are the right choice for each

group) and ensures access privileges are limited

to the right set of users.

Servers & supervisory controllers

Your server and supervisory controllers should

also provide for centralized user account

management. Password storage hashing helps

guard against someone gaining unauthorized

access to the database and retrieving passwords.

Disabling unused ports stops network

traffic from flowing through those ports to help

prevent unauthorized accessConsider the Operating

System (OS) of your BAS devices. IT teams

often have policies on which OS must be supported

by servers and embedded hardware devices.

Networking & secure protocols

from. Direct Digital Control was introduced

in 1983, BACnet ® was introduced in 1995,

followed by BACnet/IP in 1999. BACnet Secure

Connect (BACnet/SC) becomes available later

this year.

BACnet/IP is open and makes integrations easy

but is not considered secure by IT professionals.

BACnet/SC minimizes this concern; it is

based on standard TLS 1.2 security and eliminates

the need for static IP addresses and network

broadcasts. It simplifies configuration by

eliminating BACnet/IP Broadcast Management

Devices, along with the need to keep them

configured to match the network topology.

Like any leading provider, Johnson Controls is

committed to driving BACnet/SC-compatible

BAS technology in a timely manner.

Keeping your system current

Updating software is one the most recommended

security countermeasures by trade

associations and government agencies. Staying

current with your BAS software is the only

way to ensure you benefit from the latest features

and have access to minor updates and

security patches.

Finally, cutting-edge BAS software will

provide users with dashboards that bring key

BAS security status information, much of which

has been discussed, in one place, helping users

easily understand and address potential

cybersecurity concerns.

The new Metasys Cyber

Health Dashboard provides

users a comprehensive

view of their system’s

cybersecurity standing to

better understand and

address potential

cybersecurity concerns.

Encrypting network traffic on the IP network

using HTTPS or TLS is critical. An HTTPS

connection guarantees confidentiality, which

prevents messages from being read in clear

text. It also helps maintain authenticity and

ensures data sent between nodes has not been

tampered with.

To discuss secure protocols, you must first

understand where the BAS industry has come

Chris Lane

Director, BAS Product Management | Johnson Controls

christian.w.lane@jci.com | www.jci.com

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BACnet Interest Groups News

New Courses at

ASHRAE Global ­

Training Hub in Dubai

Targeted performance

for IoT architecture

modulo 6

In July 2017 ASHRAE established the Global Training Center for Building

Excellence to create and deliver high-quality curricula-based training that

is conveniently available and relevant to the needs of the practitioners in

the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Located in Dubai, a global hub,

ensures the courses can be regularly scheduled not only in the UAE but the

in the entire region. The center is the first ASHRAE training center established

outside of Society Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

ASHRAE Global Training Center offers over 15 customized courses with

topics ranging from ASHRAE standards and guidelines recommending

solutions for energy efficiency and indoor air quality, and environmentally

sound refrigerant choices, leading to High-Performance Green Buildings

and effective HVAC&R industrial applications. And continuously adds

courses to its inventory according to market needs and trends.

Courses to look out for in Spring 2020:

• HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials

• HVAC Design: Level II – Applications

• District Cooling for Designers and Owners

• The Future of Refrigerants: Challenges and Opportunities

• Data Center and IT Equipment Design Guidance from ASHRAE TC 9.9

for Engineers, IT Professionals and Facility Staff

For more information and to inquire about registration for upcoming courses

or bringing ASHRAE training in house to companies and associations,

contact Ms. Ayah Said: asaid@ashrae.org.

SAUTER modulo 6

Setting new standards in building automation.

Performance

Small but powerful

Impressive storage for historical data

High speed processing and response

Integration

BACnet/IP

Field bus protocols: Modbus, M-Bus, KNX, BACnet MS/TP

Combines the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and

electrical systems to create a stable, reliable system

Security

Integrated network separation of internet and building technology

Web server with encrypted communication

BACnet SC-capable

Integrated user authentication

Audit Trail

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Operation

Integrated web server moduWeb Unity for operation

Via Bluetooth with a smartphone for commissioning and maintenance

Via the local operating unit “LOI” with a high-resolution graphical

colour display for priority operation (EN ISO 16484-2)

IoT and Cloud

Integration of IoTs with MQTT

Data backup via MQTT in cloud

Cloud services for control, management and engineering

Investment protection

Backwards compatible with modulo 5

Enables the refurbishment of existing systems in budget-friendly

stages

Long term availability

Systems

Components

Services

Facility Services

More information:

www.sauter-controls.com


BACnet Interest Groups News

BACnet Cyber Security and City Center Conference

120 building automation experts met in

Frankfurt from 26-27 September 2019 at

the European BACnet Cyber Security and

BACnet City Center Conference. The building

automation community was informed

first-hand about the secure use of existing

IT infrastructures for intelligent buildings

as well as about integrating elevator monitors

into building management systems.

“These are two crucial additions to the BACnet

standard, which we have presented to European

industry stakeholders with such clarity,” explains

Karl Heinz Belser of Johnson Controls Systems &

Service, a member of the board of BACnet Interest

Group Europe (BIG EU). While the BACnet

Cyber Security Conference focused on innovative

solutions to protect open systems from

hacker attacks, the BACnet City Center Conference

was dedicated to the integration of elevators

and other indoor mobility systems.

Brand-new at the BACnet Cyber Security Conference: Bernhard Isler, System Architect at Siemens, reported directly

on behalf of the BACnet Standardization Committee.

IT Security as a Success Indicator in the

Construction Industry

Top-class speakers presented a full spectrum

of topics – from fundamentals to applications.

Bernhard Isler, System Architect at Siemens,

reported directly on behalf of the BACnet Standardization

Committee on how BACnet Secure

Connect (BACnet/SC) enables secure data

transmission through existing IT infrastructures.

Dr. Thorsten Henkel from the Fraunhofer Institute

for Secure Information Technology (SIT)

described IT security as an “enabler” for the

construction industry. Markus Kluck of Drees &

Brand-new at the BACnet

City Center Conference:

Jürgen Blank from

Schindler Germany

described the enormous

potential of networking

elevators within building

automation.

Sommer provided food for thought for the digitization

of commercial buildings on the basis of

numerous concrete projects across Europe.

The City Center Conference demonstrated how

a digital transformation offers building owners

and operators a multitude of new opportunities.

Sönke Morgenstern from Carpus+Partner

set the framework for innovative building design

and the design of working environments. Prof.

Dr. Matthias Kloas, an expert at Beuth University

for measurement and control technology in

buildings, described the challenges faced by IoT

in building automation.

Location Detection and Interior Navigation

New technologies and applications for location

detection and interior navigation were presented

by Dr. Thomas Foerste of nanotron Technologies

and Osamah Ahmad of Texas Instruments. Björn

Brecht from Kieback&Peter defined the shift

from BACnet as building automation backbone

toward new control algorithms based on artificial

intelligence and deep learning methods.

Jürgen Blank from Schindler Germany represented

the elevator industry. He described the

enormous potential of networking elevators

within building automation. The Elevator

Control extension has recently become part

of the BACnet standard. In the event of a fire,

BACnet-based monitoring of elevators enables

all elevators located outside the fire zone to be

included in the evacuation plan.

The digitalization of building technology, together

with the growing demands on the part of legislators,

building owners and operators, requires a

constant exchange of know-how and best practices

concerning the development of the BACnet

standard. With this series of BACnet conferences,

the BIG-EU offers the opportunity to stay

on the ball. The conference series will continue

in 2020.

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BACnet Interest Groups News

61 participants tested products

at European BACnet Plugfest

The purpose of the European BACnet Plugfest

is to improve BACnet implementations and testing

methods. It prevents errors during commissioning

and mistakes in product development.

The Plugfest provides device testing in pairing

and round table sessions as well as highly topical

developer presentations.

This year it took place from May 22th – 24th

at the Information Security Hub (ISH) of Munich

Airport and was hosted by MBS. 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 ISH was a meeting place for participants

from all over the globe. 61 participants from

25 companies represented 12 countries came

together to test their products with other BACnet

vendors at the ISH.

The ISH, which opened beginning of 2018,

is a world-class cyber security competence

center that builds a powerful coalition of experts

to develop, train and implement the right

Calendar of BACnet Events

Date Location Event Information

2020

Februar 01 – 05

Orlando/FL, USA

Februar 03 Orlando/FL, USA AHR Expo

SSPC135 Meetings at ASHRAE Winter

Conference

March 08 – 13 Frankfurt/Main, Germany BACnet Joint Booth at Light+Building 2020

May 05 – 07 Las Vegas/NV, USA Lightfair International

Juni 17 –19 Zug, Switzerland 14 th European BACnet Plugfest 2020

November 13 – 26 Dubai, UAE The Big5 2020

strategies, tools and talents to defend the industry against all

cyber threats.

The Plugfest also is a platform for updating software developers

on recent developments of the BACnet Standard. In Munich

three experts presented lectures on these interesting topics:

• Bernhard Isler (Siemens) – “BACnet Secure Connect”

• Salvatore Cataldi (Belimo) – “COV Best practice and

application performance”

• Matthias Lürkens (Gesytec) – “Alternative BACnet/IP

physical layers”.

The next European BACne Plugfest will take place from

June 17–19, 2020 at Siemens in Zug, Switzerland.

Website: www.bacnetplugfest.org

BIG-EU

Plugfest

2020

BACnet Committee,

mosborne@reliablecontrols.com

BACnet Committee,

mosborne@reliablecontrols.com

vonhelden@mardirect.de,

kloubert@mardirect.de

BACnet International,

david@bacnetinternational.org

www.bacnetplugfest.org,

info@big-eu.org

www.thebig5.ae,

info@dmgevents.com

Updates are available on www.big-eu.org/en/event

Editorial Notes

BACnet Middle East Journal­

ISSN 2190-944X

The BACnet Middle East Journal is the Middle

East magazine for building automation based

on BACnet technology. Experts, practitioners

and professionals show the way in applying

and developing the BACnet standard – from

building automation trends to devices and

application projects; from qualification and

training to testing and certification; from who’s

who in the BACnet community to useful information

on events and publications.

Distribution­

This Journal can be ordered free of charge

by partners, members, media representatives

and friends of the BACnet Interest Group.

Order the BACnet Middle East Journal by

E-Mail from: info@BIG-EU.org

Online distribution

The BACnet Middle East Journal is initially

posted as a Portable Document Format

(PDF)-File to www.BACnetjournal.org

Editor

BACnet Interest Group

Bruno Kloubert (Editor in chief)

Email: kloubert@mardirect.de

Editorial Office

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Roland Ernst (Managing editor)

Phone: +49 231 56 77 72 69

Email: ernst@mardirect.de

Advertising

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Phone: +49 231 56 77 72 69

Email: ernst@mardirect.dee

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the text, unless otherwise stated

Copyright

© EU 2019 – Further editorial use of articles in

the BACnet Middle East Journal is encouraged (!)

with reference to the source. Please send a specimen

copy to the editor, or if published online,

send the URL per mail to kloubert@mardirect.de

BACnet ® is a registered trademark of the

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating

and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE)

Disclaimer

The author bears responsibility for articles

which identify anyone or anything by name.

This also includes release for publication by

the users and project partners mentioned. As

publisher the BIG-ME requires that articles

are approved for publication by all companies

involved in the project. Any third party claims

will be borne by the author.

Important legal information

The author/client is fully responsible for the

content or legality of any third party materials

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The author indemnifies the publisher free

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