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Dr. Ulrich Kipper, Head of Infrastructure Management at Fraport AG, described the benefits of BACnet from a user perspective at the BACnet Airport Conference 2018.

BACnet Paves the Way to CO2 Neutrality

Airport Conference on smart buildings at airports with 130 participants

Dortmund, November 27th, 2018. – For European airports, BACnet (ISO 16484-5) is a welcome communication standard that is supporting them on their path towards CO2 neutrality. This was the conclusion drawn at the end of the first BACnet Airport Conference hosted by the BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU) and held in Frankfurt Airport from 27th to 28th of September. More than 130 representatives of European airports, planners and experts for BACnet applications came to design the system integration in airport buildings. During the two days there were a number of lively discussions with many different subjects being touched on.

The participants were amazed by the Information Security Hub (ISH) at Munich Airport, by the functional BACnet diversity in the future Terminal 3 of Frankfurt Airport and by the exemplary BACnet solutions at the airports in Rome, Paris and Manchester. They were impressed by the enormous possibilities of the open standard. "Every major airport is a smart city with a huge energy efficiency potential in existing buildings and new buildings, which we can also raise with the help of BACnet," summarized BIG-EU President Klaus Wächter (Siemens).

The risks of system integration were also addressed. "Come to Munich Airport and we'll test the cyber security of your equipment," Munich Airport IT Manager Marc Lindike spontaneously invited the participants. The enthusiasm of the BACnet users and BIG-EU members in response to this offer led to the relocation of the 13th European BACnet Plugfest to Munich. It will now take place from May 22th – 24th, 2019 in the ultramodern Competence Center for Cyber Defence at Munich Airport.

The conference itself was opened by Rolf Riemenschneider, Head of IoT Sector in the European Commission, and H. Michael Newman, inventor of the BACnet standard. The essential role of BACnet for current and future Fraport construction projects was presented by Dr. Ulrich Kipper, who heads Fraport AG's central Infrastructure Management.

Airports Rely on BACnet

This was followed by an agile discussion on the special challenges facing airport buildings. The presentations focused on the resilient digitization of infrastructure, artificial intelligence for smart buildings, the BACnet operator workstation at Frankfurt Airport as the basis for energy savings and the integration of weather forecasts – and, time and again, on sustainability and energy management. Helsinki Airport, as Mikko Viinikainen, Head of Sustainability and Environment at Finavia told the participants, is already CO2-neutral. Many more airports will follow in the next ten years and will be relying on BACnet in their buildings to help achieve this.

With the "Indoor Mobility Conference" from September 26th to 27th, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, the BIG-EU is continuing its approach to specific application cases. The focus will be on system integration in urban multi-purpose buildings. The integration of elevators, escalators, automatic doors, people recording and navigation systems will also be of particular importance.