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KANSAS CITY, MO. - Significant progress toward development of an industry consensus on standards for secure building automation and control systems has been made by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' BACnet* committee. The committee's Network Security Working Group reached agreement on a proposal to use a shared-key technology to create "secure networks" within BACnet. 

The agreement was made at ASHRAE's 2003 Annual Meeting held here June 28-July 2. Guidance on creating secure networks would be included in ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2001, BACnet -- A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks, through future addenda.


BACnet Testing Standard Published

KANSAS CITY, MO. - The compatibility of systems and equipment with BACnet* can now be tested with a standard approved for publication by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). 

ASHRAE Standard 135.1, Method of Test For Conformance to BACnet, defines the steps to test whether a product or application conforms to the BACnet standard and correctly provides the features claimed by the supplier. The standard was approved for publication at ASHRAE's 2003 Annual Meeting held here June 28-July 2. 

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of 55,000 persons. Its sole objective is to advance through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve the evolving needs of the public.


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