How Facility Managers can use BACnet to Implement an Internet of Things (IoT) Strategy

BACnet has introduced or will be introducing new features that will help Facility Managers to implement an Internet of Things (IoT) strategy for their facilities. IoT is important to Facility Managers (FMs) as devices (chillers. Boilers, lights, fire alarm, security and elevators) come with network smarts onboard so FMs can monitor the health, status and energy consumption through their Front End software applications. All of these devices are now either native BACnet devices or the proprietary protocols used by the devices can be converted easily to BACnet. BACnet is introducing BACnet/IT which is an upgrade to BACnet/IP that will allow IT to manage BACnet devices as they manage computers and printers. Enhanced IT “friendliness” will simplify the process of “getting the Thing on the Internet”. The Network Port object type will allow for easier configuration of device’s communications properties. The Applications Profile Working Group is working on a data dictionary that will allow device suppliers to provide data on the device to the FMs Front End software application without the time consuming process of getting manuals that describe the points found in the device. Mr. Wichenko will show some examples of how to set up and configure Modbus devices in a Modbus to BACnet gateway so they can be managed using the FM’s Front End software application. Finally Mr. Wichenko will show how to use the onboard metering capabilities of devices to allow for equipment metering in an Energy Dashboard tool for use by Senior Management.

Learning Objectives:
1. Outline how BACnet/IT will simplify IP connectivity and “will get the Thing on the Internet”
2. Describe how the Network Port object type enhances an IoT strategy for Facility Managers
3. Explain how the Application Profile data dictionary provides point data and other information at the time the device is set up on the FM’s network
4. Detail how one can set up a Modbus to BACnet gateway to streamline device integration to BACnet
5. Show examples of how BACnet meter data can be integrated into an Energy Dashboard for use by Senior Management

Start Time: 11/1/2016 9:00:00 AM
End Time: 11/1/2016 9:50:00 AM

Presented by:

Grant Wichenko
Appin Associates

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Room Number: Andros

Audience: Beginner

CEU: 0.1


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