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An interest group out of Europe has resulted in a joint working group where we have been mapping the information model of BACnet into an OPC UA namespace, and mapping OPC UA into BACnet.
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Smart phones, smart watches, smart TVs; these are the hallmarks of our current technological age. Moving forward, as our population climbs and our climate changes in ways we have never before seen, the world will be faced many seemingly insurmountable obstacles. With the percent of our global population living in urban areas set to increase to an estimated 66% by 20501, a whole new wave of problems await us, such as providing the necessary housing and infrastructure to support this urban population boom. With the abundance of new and rapidly improving technology, including the specifications and technology developed by the OPC Foundation and the multitude of vendors producing OPC UA enabled products, we are already seeing the OPC standard providing a strategy and plan to enable information integration interoperability for the multitude of smart devices inclusive of smart phones, smart watches, smart TVs, and now, “smart” buildings."
significant partnership with the BACnet (A data communication protocol
for Building Automation and Control Networks) interest group out of
Europe has resulted in a joint working group where we have been mapping
the information model of BACnet into an OPC UA namespace, and mapping
OPC UA into BACnet. To truly leverage any opportunity for globalization
across energy utilization it's very important that our industrial
facilities are very closely tied to the building automation systems.
The partnership that the OPC Foundation has established with BACnet
specifically focuses on addressing syntax and semantics sharing of data
and information such that we can have seamless interoperability and
information integration between typically disparate devices and
The sheer number of smart devices and the power
of the smart devices are staggering. A devices ability to interact with
other smart devices and smart applications in building automation is a
key element of this technology. Tying these all together is really what
the business is all about and the value proposition is specific to
increase revenue and save expenses, and, at the same time, improve
asset management opportunities through predictive maintenance. To
do this we really need to focus on standardization so that we can have
all of these devices and applications able to seamlessly operate
together and share information between the applications and devices.
Everyone's talking about the connected world, and the whole concept of
the industrial Internet of things; this really presents so many new
opportunities for tying together all the smart devices and smart
application for a streamlined user experience. The importance of the
OPC UA-BACnet work group is that it is more than just a protocol; it's
about being able to effectively communicate information between
disparate devices and applications. This improvement of communication
standards is what the OPC UA information model architectures is all
about. The importance of partnering with the building automation
community will realize the ability to have true information integration
in a secure reliable fashion.
1"World’S Population Increasingly Urban With More Than Half Living In Urban Areas | UN DESA | United Nations Department Of Economic And Social Affairs". United Nations. N.p., 2014. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
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