BACnet Web Services Updates and Call
for Participation in a Virtual Plugfest.
The BACnet committee has approved an update to BACnet/web
services (WS) to better support more sophisticated needs
such as smart grid and energy management.
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2012, BACnet – A Data Communication
Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks, allows
building equipment and systems manufactured by different
companies to work together. It is the only open,
consensus-developed standard in the building controls industry.
The BACnet committee announced this week at ASHRAE’s 2014 Winter
Conference that addendum 135 am is slated for public review in
the first quarter of 2014. In order to drive a deeper review,
the committee is conducting a "virtual plugfest" for prototype
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An open source BACnet/WS
server reference implementation has been developed to seed the
plugfest, it can be used as a test subject for client development
and a basis for server prototypes, according to Carl Neilson, chair
of the Standard 135 committee. The committee is asking for
implementations of both client and server prototypes.
The virtual plugfest will be conducted online and is expected to
begin mid-March and run through early April.
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