With all the conversation about the 3-30-300 metrics and Ken Sinclair’s thoughts on the humanization of buildings and the new ways occupants and buildings will interact, it was interesting when I came across this article from the team at Blue Ridge Technologies (published in the recent edition of the BACnet International Journal). I think you will find the article gives testament to the theories Ken and the rest of the smart buildings control community have been discussing, and hopefully will give you ideas on how to capitalize on this emerging trend.
Optigo pioneers the Edge-to-Cloud network with Visual BACnet Capture Tools
Groundbreaking innovation gives visibility across the network for centralized, cloud-based management
April 4, 2018, Vancouver, BC – The future of centralized, Edge-to-Cloud systems has arrived. Optigo Networks is happy to announce an exciting new suite of Capture Tools, for complete network visibility from server to [Read more…]
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Free BAScontrol Toolset Now Includes the BASemulator
Contemporary Controls has just released its BASemulator which replicates on a PC the operation of the company’s BAScontrol series of open unitary controllers, thereby allowing sequence of operation (SOO) verification without having the actual controller. Using a PC, specifying engineers can now view the same program that will be used on the job to verify that it meets the engineer’s intended sequence of operation. For a contractor, programs can be developed, configured and then saved on a PC for eventual downloading to the intended controller at the job site.
The BAScontrol series of BACnet/IP unitary controllers are built on the Sedona Framework™. Sedona is an open-source technology that facilitates component-oriented programming where components are assembled onto a wire sheet, configured and interconnected, to create applications. The BASemulator is free and joins the other free Sedona tools such as the Sedona Application Editor (SAE) which allows for Sedona programming, and BASbackup which will save and restore all BAScontrol configuration and programming files as a project. Contemporary Controls believes that an open controller requires tools available to all without restriction.
Although the BAScontrol series is freely-programmable using Sedona, Contemporary Controls worked with system integrators to create application packages for common HVAC sequences used for RTUs and AHUs. Included in the packages are a system schematic, sequence of operation, points list and the actual Sedona program along with a pre-configured BACnet points file for loading into an actual controller or emulator. Using SAE, the program can be modified for the required sequence and saved using BASbackup.
The BASemulator faithfully mimics the operation of the actual controller including its web pages. It can even be “discovered” by a BACnet client on the same network as the attached PC. Although there are no physical connections to inputs and outputs, inputs can be “forced” via the configuration web pages and BACnet client commands are honored. It is the next best thing to a real controller.
The BASemulator is part of the BAScontrol Toolset, which also includes the Sedona Application Editor (SAE) and BASbackup – the BAScontrol Project Utility. Provided free of charge, these tools simplify controller programming and project archiving. All three programs are available as a single install sharing a common Sedona bundle of kits and components. Along with a common web browser, the toolset is all that is needed to commission a BAScontroller.
Go to the BAScontrol Toolset product page and login or create an account.
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BAScontrol Project Management Simplified with BASbackup
As IoT continues to intersect with the Smart Buildings Controls Industry, more and more new players are showing up in our space with proven solutions that will work well in our applications. Ken and I had the chance to connect with just such a company, Optigo Networks. We had the privilege of speaking with their CEO Pook-Ping Yao. We were very impressed with Ping and his product solutions. Check out the video below to see the elegance and efficiency of the of the Optigo Connect network solution.
Another product that made an impression on us, was their Visual BACnet product. We see that this will become a stable in the BAS controls engineers troubleshooting tools kit.
The following is from Daniel Ronald, VP Product Management, Optigo Networks
You already know the power of smart buildings. You’re well versed in BACnet protocols and networking solutions. But what happens when something goes wrong? [Read more…]
KMC Controls’ state-of-the-art Conquest™ BACnet® router features one MS/TP and one Ethernet port, an HTML5 web configuration interface requiring no additional software, a single cable for both power and communications, and an industry-leading set of network diagnostic tools for quick and easy network verification and troubleshooting.
The device is optimized for temporary installation as a technician’s tool and for permanent installation increasing network efficiency. Additionally, the router acts as an enhancement to a supervisory controller or integration engine by offloading MS/TP and routing, freeing up greater internal resources for core functions.
“The Conquest router leads the industry in diagnostic features, ease of deployment, and overall value,” commented Erich Kreuter, KMC’s vice president of product development. “We are on a mission to market the most innovative and intuitive solutions in the industry, and we believe that the time-saving tools built into this product showcase our commitment to our partners.”
About KMC Controls: KMC Controls is an American manufacturer of open, secure, and scalable building automation solutions. We provide smart, connected systems globally that deliver embedded intelligence and optimized control at the edge.
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