BIG-EU and OPC Foundation to Cooperate

  • November 30, 2012
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November 30, 2012 - The BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU) and the OPC Foundation have announced the signing of a cooperation statement. A joint working group was adopted in October on their work. For the interface between BACnet (ANSI ASHRAE 135 / ISO 16484-5) and OPC-UA (IEC 62541) the data flow between the building and industrial automation are optimized. Changes in the BACnet standard and in the OPC architecture are not stipulated. 
"By working together, we connect the building automation systems to the enterprise level on a broad scale," explains Klaus Waechter, of the BIG-EU board. "BACnet as a global protocol, provides a perfect base." Stefan Hoppe, president of the OPC Europe underlines: "BACnet is the de facto standard for building automation – OPC UA provides an IT transport to other markets and to the ERP level . We want to make better use of both together." 
In September at the European BACnet meeting, held in Dresden, the BIG-EU and the OPC Foundation designed the foundation of their cooperation. As part of the OPC Foundation interoperability workshop at the SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, a joint statement was planned. The joint working group, whose spokesmen are Frank Schubert (BIG-EU/MBS) and Matthias Damm (OPC/ascolab), will present the objectives and mode of operation. 
About the BIG-EU: The BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU) promotes the use of the global BACnet communication standard ISO 16484-5 in building automation and security technologies in Europe. It was founded by 18 companies of the building automation branch in 1998. Today it consists of nearly 100 members from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, France, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Canada and the USA. Its goals are on one hand the perception of European interests concerning the development of the BACnet standard and the exchange of information with both the ASHRAE committee “SSPC 135” responsible for BACnet and the US BACnet association, and on the other hand the collaborate marketing, and conform qualifications and the developing of technical guidelines. 
About the OPC Foundation: The OPC Foundation is the world’s leading community for interoperability solutions based on OPC communication specifications that deliver universal connectivity. OPC (Open Platform Connectivity) is the interoperability standard for secure, reliable and platform-independent information exchange. It provides open connectivity by defining an interface between clients and servers, as well as servers and servers, for different fields of applications. OPC technology is widely used for information integration in industrial automation and related domains, facilitating data transfer from the lowest operational levels to enterprise-aware applications. As the official source for the OPC Certification Program, the nonprofit OPC Foundation helps ensure that OPC products plug-and-play in real-world application. With almost 500 member companies, the OPC Foundation promotes education, awareness and adoption of the OPC specifications through global collaborations. 
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