The rise of society’s newfound desire to be constantly connected, coupled with an increased awareness on energy consumption and cost, has given new urgency to building and home management systems. No longer content for industrial appliances to operate independently, protocols like BACnet have become the lingua-franca of the appliance world. Now that the HVAC and dishwasher can talk, world peace can’t be far behind.
However, this has left control system designers faced with a dilemma. Do I embrace BMS protocols (or specifically BACnet?), and if so, how strongly? The world of industrial protocols is complicated and ever-changing. New elements, objects and parameters require diligence in remaining ‘up to version.’ Compliance and interoperability are foreign concepts to previously isolated gear.