We’re the Experts! For nearly 50 years, KMC has provided state-of-the-art building automation and control solutions to a global network of system integrators and distributors. Our products are controlling buildings of all sizes and types all around the world, including the most sustainable office building in North America. Increasing control, monitoring, and efficiency demands drive the need for flexible building automation systems. Intelligent building control systems reduce energy consumption, lower operating costs, and improve occupant health, comfort, and productivity.
BACnet International: Connecting the Dots in Building Automation
BACnet International is an industry association that facilitates the successful use of the BACnet protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs and promotional activities. BACnet International oversees operation of the BACnet Testing Labs (BTL) and maintains a global listing of tested products. The BACnet standard was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and has been made publicly available so that manufacturers can create interoperable systems of products. BACnet International complements the work of the ASHRAE standards committee and BACnet-related interest groups around the world.
BACnet International members include building owners, consulting engineers and facility managers, as well as companies involved in the design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and maintenance of control equipment that uses BACnet for communication.
We work with existing organizations to promote and improve BACnet. These include:
ASHRAE BACnet® Committee (SSPC 135)
BACnet® Interest Group – Europe (BIG-EU)
BACnet® Interest Group – China & Asia (BIG-CA)
BACnet® Interest Group – Russia (BIG-RU)
BACnet® Interest Group – Australia Asia (BIG-AA)
BACnet® Interest Group – Middle East (BIG-ME)
BACnet® Interest Group – Sweden (BIG-SE)
Who should belong to BACnet® International?
Manufacturers of building automation equipment
HVAC products and controls
Fire/life safety systems
Security and access control systems
Lighting control systems
Elevator/vertical transport equipment
Systems integrators and installers of building automation equipment
Consulting engineers and end users that have a significant interest in BACnet®
Independent software vendors that are developing BACnet® products
Anyone with a passion for open systems protocols
Join a Committee
BACnet® International invites you to join in our mission to encourage the use of BACnet® technology in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, education programs, and promotional activities. BACnet® International committees welcome the participation of new members looking for ways to contribute to the organization. Opportunities exist in several areas. Click here for more information.
I think that the president is looking to use cyber security as a “legacy” play for his last year in office. It is the one thing that most Americans, regardless of their party affiliation, will agree on and get behind. Cyber awareness is a good thing, but what does that look like coming from Washington? The only way to know this is to be informed.
If you haven’t seen the Cyberspace Policy Review Final, you may want to look it over. It has both negative and positive aspects for businesses. I am just beginning to digest it so I cannot say I understand it totally… yet.
You may also want to check out the article by Greg Otto that came out on Friday (10/30) on FedScoop.com – Link To Article. The reporter pointed out that agencies have just two weeks to determine which data and systems on their networks should be considered a high-value asset and report back to OMB (Office of Management and Budget) by Nov. 13, 2015. This article also points out that over the course of the next year OMB will hold agencies to a number of deadlines:
- The implementation of the second phase of DHS’s Continuous Diagnostics and Monitoring Program
- The increased use of PIV cards for both privileged and nonprivileged users
- Guides to help agencies recover from major cyber incidents
- An acceleration of hiring specifically to boost the federal government’s cyber workforce
- New procurement capabilities that will allow the government to quickly purchase new and emerging cybersecurity technology.
How serious are they? According to The President’s Budget Fiscal Year 2016 – Middle Class Econonics: Cybersecurity (8/7/2015) “The President’s FY 2016 Budget requests $14 billion across the Federal Government to support the Administration’s cybersecurity strategy.”
CSIP Implementation – Key Milestones (from Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP) for the Federal Civilian Government)
The following paragraphs are from the Cyberspace Policy Review Final from the Sharing responsibility for cybersercurity section, page 17, and are worth noting.
- The Federal government cannot succeed in the many facets of securing cyberspace if it works in isolation. The public and private sectors’ interests are intertwined with a shared responsibility for ensuring a secure, reliable infrastructure upon which businesses and government services depend.
- The private sector, however, designs, builds, owns, and operates most of the network infrastructures that support government and private users alike. Industry and governments share the responsibility for the security and reliability of the infrastructure and the transactions that take place on it and should work closely together to address these interdependencies.
- Industry leaders can demand higher assurance from vendors and service providers while taking responsibility to create more secure software and equipment. Businesses need effective means to share detection methods, information about breaches and attack methods, remediation techniques, and forensic capabilities with each other and the Federal government.
- Government can assist by considering incentive-based legislative or regulatory tools to enhance the value proposition and fostering an environment that facilitates and encourages partnership and information sharing.
Other documents of reference:
“The President’s Budget Fiscal Year 2016 – Middle Class Economics: Cybersecurity” https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2016/assets/fact_sheets/cybersecurity-updated.pdf
“Modernizing Federal Cybersecurity” https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/10/30/modernizing-federal-cybersecurity
(image from Modernizing Federal Cybersecurity by Tony Scott)
Welcome to ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast for the week ending September 7, 2014. This week’s CTN Podcast Platinum Sponsor is Lynxspring. Lynxspring is changing way devices and systems communicate and collaborate across enterprises. Lynxspring technologies, solutions, and services are enabling users to go further to manage and operate their facilities and equipment smarter, safer, securely, more efficiently, and at peak performance levels. Lynxspring has changed the way control systems are built, secured, and distributed.
ControlTalk NOW Smart Building Tip of the Week: Turn Your Light Strategy On! If you don’t have one, get one! Lighting is the biggest slice of your utility bill — 39%, compared to HVAC 28%, and Office Equipment 15%, therefore takes precedence in your energy savings efforts. On the two SBT’s, were the Open System Platform, like Niagara AX, and the enlightened and dogged pursuit of every rebate, tax incentive, and grant money available — at the federal, state, and local (utility) levels. Now, implement your light strategy. Some of the excellent sources of products and solutions when making your lighting choices are: WattStopper Digital Lighting Management, Honeywell Lighting Stryker, Logica Lighting, Blue Ridge Technologies, Control Network Solution, elitedali™, and Daintree.
ControlTalk NOW’s Special Guest: Marc Petock, VP Marketing, Lynxspring. Marc shares his venerable industry insight regarding the shift from technology, which drove open standards and open systems, to business, which is the drivers that our industry. Marc also states that responsibility for IT and Cyber Security falls everyone’s shoulders: technology providers, distributors, system integrators, and end-users. Visit Lynxspring’s Resource Center and On-line Forum for more information.
Honeywell’s Expanded Valve & Actuator Configurator & Fast Track Project Management Tool: Honeywell has expanded its factory configuration capability to include threaded globe valve assemblies with electric actuators and Q5020 linkages. The new assembly part numbers are built based on the specifications of the valve, actuator and linkage in the assembly. This enables you to “mix and match” valve/actuator combinations without having to create a lot of new part numbers. Select a valve, actuator, linkage and fail safe/ accessories, then combine them to build an assembly number.
2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit – Register Now! The 2014 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit (AEMC) is a gathering of preeminent leaders from industry, academia, labor, the national laboratories, government and media to: Discuss the most critical energy and manufacturing challenges and opportunities affecting U.S. prosperity, sustainability, and security; Accelerate a movement to increase U.S. competitiveness in the production of clean energy products and increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness across the board through greater energy productivity.
Neptronic: The Power of Innovation — Innovation that Changed the HVAC Industry. ControlTrends traveled past the Niagara Falls on its way to Montreal to capture the Power of Innovation at Neptronic. The force of the Niagara Falls represents well the swift and powerful current of innovation coursing through Neptronic, where several of the HVAC industry’s most significant innovations and products originated. Neptronic is a rapidly growing provider of building automation products & solutions.
CNS’ Mike Welch Sheds Some DALI Light on “How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings” ControlTrends is delighted to share this informative expertise from Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions, founded in 1996, and headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK (approximately 45 minutes from London). Mike is a DALI™ (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) lighting control specialist and makes a compelling case as to why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.
Young Gun Chris Schneider Shakes it up with Open BMCS: We got a chance to catch up with the innovative Chris Schneider at the 2014 Niagara Summit. Chris’ system, OPEN BMCS, is a one-size-fits-all building management and control system, that is ideal for small commercial or residential projects to large campus wide installations, his solution can be scaled to suit multiple needs.