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Building Automation Prepares for the Building Internet of Things (BIoT)

Echelon recently released findings from an online survey showing that that majority of planners intend to integrate lighting, HVAC and security systems into a common platform. This was hardly a surprising finding and nor was the statement that almost half of building automation projects today involve legacy systems running multiple protocols from different vendors. The conclusion given that multi-protocol and converged solutions will be key to extracting optimal benefit from the emerging Building Internet of Things (BIoT)” aka IoT, confirmed for us that their respondents were realists and that they had not been overwhelmed by the hype that of BIoT. Almost half the survey respondents indicated that more than 50% of their building retrofit projects involve multiple protocols such as BACnet, LonTalk, DALI, C-Bus, Modbus, KNX, etc. that currently do not intercommunicate. Integration of different siloed building services can be achieved through joining them together at the top end through specialist software products such as […]

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