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Secure data transfer with BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC)
European industry stakeholders informed for the first time about the upcoming additions to the BACnet standard (ISO 16484-5)
Dortmund, 9 October 2019. – 120 building automation experts met in Frankfurt from 26-27 September at the European BACnet Cyber Security and BACnet City Center Conference. The building automation community was informed first-hand about the secure use of existing IT infrastructures for intelligent buildings as well as about integrating elevator monitors into building management systems.
“These are two crucial additions to the BACnet standard, which we have presented to European industry stakeholders with such clarity,” explains Karl Heinz Belser of Johnson Controls Systems & Service, a member of the board of BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG EU). While the BACnet Cyber Security Conference focused on innovative solutions to protect open systems from hacker attacks, the BACnet City Center Conference was dedicated to the integration of elevators and other indoor mobility systems.
IT security as a success indicator in the construction industry
Top-class speakers presented a full spectrum of topics – from fundamentals to applications. Bernhard Isler, System Architect at Siemens, reported directly on behalf of the BACnet Standardization Committee on how BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC) enables secure data transmission through existing IT infrastructures. Dr. Thorsten Henkel from the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) described IT security as an "enabler" for the construction industry. Markus Kluck of Drees & Sommer provided food for thought for the digitization of commercial buildings on the basis of numerous concrete projects across Europe.
The City Center Conference demonstrated how a digital transformation offers building owners and operators a multitude of new opportunities. Sönke Morgenstern from Carpus+Partner set the framework for innovative building design and the design of working environments. Prof. Dr. Matthias Kloas, an expert at Beuth University for measurement and control technology in buildings, described the challenges faced by IoT in building automation.
Location detection and interior navigation
New technologies and applications for location detection and interior navigation were presented by Dr. Thomas Foerste of nanotron Technologies and Osamah Ahmad of Texas Instruments. Björn Brecht from Kieback&Peter defined the shift from BACnet as building automation backbone toward new control algorithms based on artificial intelligence and deep learning methods.
Jürgen Blank from Schindler Germany represented the elevator industry. He described the enormous potential of networking elevators within building automation. The Elevator Control extension has recently become part of the BACnet standard. In the event of a fire, BACnet-based monitoring of elevators enables all elevators located outside the fire zone to be included in the evacuation plan.
The digitalization of building technology, together with the growing demands on the part of legislators, building owners and operators, requires a constant exchange of know-how and best practices concerning the development of the BACnet standard. With this series of BACnet conferences, the BIG-EU offers the opportunity to stay on the ball. The conference series will continue in 2020.