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BIG-EU and OPC Foundation sign co-operation statement

The BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU) and the OPC Foundation have signed a co-operation statement.

OPC Europe president Stefan Hoppe said: “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.”

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.

In September at the European BACnet meeting, held in Dresden, the BIG-EU and the OPC Foundation designed the foundation of their co-operation.

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.

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