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BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC) released

Dortmund, Nov 15th, 2019 – The ASHRAE BACnet Committee has released BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC) for publication. This paves the way for the IT-secure, manufacturer-independent networking of building technology within the BACnet communication protocol.

The BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU) expects the official release by ASHRAE to occur within the next few weeks. "The release at the BACnet committee meeting at the end of October in Atlanta was an important step after intensive preparations before the publication," confirms Bernhard Isler (Siemens), ASHRAE and BACnet Committee Member, main author of the BACnet/SC Addendum and also Head of the Applications Working Group. Before being published as Addendum 135-2016bj to BACnet 2016, the addition had to go through the publication process of ASHRAE. No further approvals are necessary.

BACnet/SC is a virtual data link layer for the existing BACnet stack based on the WebSocket protocol. BACnet/SC is compatible with all existing BACnet devices via standard BACnet routers. Numerous manufacturers have already equipped their new products with "BACnet/SC ready". At Light + Building (March 8th to 13th, 2020), users will be able to obtain detailed information about the new IT security in the BACnet standard. The motto at the BACnet stand will be "BACnet – Open and Secure".

The White Paper of the same name also provides detailed information about BACnet/SC. It is freely available in the ASHRAE Bookstore and at www.bacnet.org, the official website of the BACnet Committee.