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New BACnet Browser from Siemens Helps Facility Managers Better Leverage the Advantages of Integrated Building Systems

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BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 27, 2006--Insight Rev. 3.7 software delivers comprehensive BACnet network command and control

Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., announced today that facility managers can now use the APOGEE(R) Building Automation System (BAS) to browse BACnet(R) networks seamlessly and transparently and better leverage the advantages of integrated systems. The BACnet browser is a uniquely valuable engineering, configuration and communication troubleshooting tool that can locate all BACnet devices and objects on a network and easily extract critical information about their identity, operating status and performance.

Insight(R) Revision 3.7 graphical workstation software from Siemens provides enhanced capabilities that enable facility managers and systems operating staff to easily acquire comprehensive information about the state of devices and device communication within a BACnet network. Through Insight, users (depending on their level of access) can write properties, import objects, reinitialize devices or engage device communication controls. Regardless of device manufacturer, users have access to detailed data such as vendor name, device status, protocol revisions and a list of supported objects and services. Users can then read and write to any object properties the device permits for complete command and control of the network.

Control Solutions, Inc The BACnet object browser features an easy-to-use interface that displays information in three separate panes. A pane on the left-hand side of the screen contains a system tree depicting the hierarchy of the BACnet network. The root portrays the entire network, followed by devices on the network, folders of same-type object groups and the objects themselves. To the right, a second pane displays all the properties and property values of the object selected in the system tree view. A third pane, at the bottom of the screen, displays error messages.

For more information on comprehensive BACnet capabilities from Siemens and to obtain a copy of the white paper "The BACnet Protocol Proves Its Popularity," which includes a user's guide to incorporating BACnet, visit:

As a leading provider of building controls, fire safety and security system solutions, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., makes buildings comfortable, safe, productive and less costly to operate. With U.S. headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Ill., Siemens Building Technologies employs 7,200 people and provides a full range of services and solutions from more than 100 locations coast-to-coast. Worldwide, the company has 28,000 employees and operates in more than 42 countries.

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