Building Automation and Controlled Network (BACnet) Overview
Building Automation and Control (BAC) network, BACnet leverage ANSI, ASHRAE and ISO 16484-5 protocol. Designed to allow communication of building automation controlled network systems for applications such as ventilating and heating control, it still remains a question for most of the people that how it will remain in the business? BACnet protocol provides mechanism for computerized building automation devices to exchange information. The functioning of the mechanism is regardless of the particular building service they perform. BACnet is answer to everything – from what kind of cable to use to how form a particular command and request in a standard way. It covers things like how to define a fan operating schedule, how to ask for the value of a temperature or how to send a pump status alarm. The rules of BACnet relate specially to the need of the building automation and this is something what makes it special.
How Can BACnet Perform All the Functions in a Standard Way?
To deliver best to their business, people look for the top building automation company. The most important question that rises here is when every manufacturer’s system is different, how can BACnet perform all the functions in a standard way? The trick involves providing a standard way of representing functions of any device, as long as it has certain functions like analog and binary inputs and outputs, control loops, schedules and alarms. The collections of related information known as “objects” are represented by the standardized model. Each object has a set of properties that further describes it. One of the most important properties of objects is identifier. It is a sort of numerical name that allows BACnet to unambiguously access it. Once the devices have common appearance on the network, in terms of their objects and properties, it becomes easy to envision messages that manipulate the information in a standard way.
BACnet defines 35 message types. These types are further divided into 5 groups or classes. One class contains messages for accessing and manipulating properties of other object. Being based on the “client-server” model, BACnet messages are called “service requests”.
How far can it go with building automation systems?
Before going for the BACnet development, you must know the limitations of this software. The most important questions that rise here are – Is BACnet limited only to HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) equipment? And, can it be used with fire/life safety and other building automation systems?
This software contains most of the capabilities that are required for non-HVAC communications. In this category falls the ability to read and write binary, analog and text data. It also includes control actions, send event and alarm notifications and so on. One of the real easily extended strengths of BACnet development is that it can be easily extended. If a vendor comes up with new functionality for which communication is required, he can add them to existing object types to create new object types. Also, he can dream up his new services that go beyond the standard ones.
Does it require multivendor installation?
As you continuously look for the top building automation companies, you would also need to know if BACnet requires multivendor installation or not. Interconnection of equipments of different vendors that use BACnet is possible; but in no way requires it. As, sooner or later, vendors will choose to use BACnet as their ‘native’ protocol, one can end with a single-vendor BACnet system.
What networking options are there for BACnet?
Here comes the most valid point! What networking options are there for BACnet? Till now we discussed BACnet object-oriented model and the different services or message types. Now let’s move over to the most important aspect of BACnet. Before starting with any software, it is very important to know what kind of networking options are available for it. In case of BACnet, it needs to pick an appropriate technology to connect everything together. BACnet committee spent much time on this part of the software. They came up with 5 different options. Ethernet and ARCET are the most popular ones.
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