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BACnet® International today announced that PlugFest 2011, the industry’s foremost workshop for companies to perform interoperability testing for their BACnet® enabled solutions, will take place November 15th to 17th in Atlanta, GA. As the 12th annual interoperability workshop, the event is expected to be the largest to date - with participation from over 100 engineers from over 30 different companies, representing 6 different countries.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 17, 2011 - BACnet® International today announced that PlugFest 2011, the industry’s foremost workshop for companies to perform interoperability testing for their BACnet® enabled solutions, will take place November 15th to 17th in Atlanta, GA. As the 12th annual interoperability workshop, the event is expected to be the largest to date - with participation from over 100 engineers from over 30 different companies, representing 6 different countries.

PlugFest 2011 will permit vendors to test their BACnet products in a neutral and friendly environment with BACnet devices from other vendors. Previous events have demonstrated the effectiveness of PlugFest where engineers improved their BACnet implementations and testing methods. More information about PlugFest 2011, including vendor applications, registration details, requests for topics and other logistics, can be found at: http://www.bacnetinternational.org/plugfest

“Integrated BACnet system reliability and performance is best achieved through rigorous testing by device manufacturers.” said Duffy O’Craven, BTL Manager. He added, “There is no better way to learn what you have mistakenly assumed everyone does the same, than at a BACnet PlugFest. Better at PlugFest, with engineers and tools at hand, than via irate calls from the field.”
 
CatNet SystemsAndy McMillan, President of BACnet International and General Manager of Philips Teletrol, commented on PlugFest 2011, “By creating a co-operative event for vendors to test and improve product interoperability, we believe everyone wins. Participating vendors get more innovative solutions in the hands of their customers more quickly, and BACnet® International and its members improve their testing methods.” Mr. McMillan added, “BACnet believes that open, standard protocols are a best practice to deliver the integrated solutions demanded by building professionals. The PlugFest event will help industry participants develop interoperable products that share data and create high performance systems.”
 
The schedule for PlugFest 2011 starts on Tuesday, November 15th @ 10am for registration, and moves directly into workshops, round tables, and testing sessions taking place over the three days of the event. PlugFest 2011 will take place at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North in Atlanta, GA from November 15th to 17th. Any company with a BACnet® product that is released or at beta level of maturity is eligible to participate. Attendee pricing ranges from $150 for BACnet® International members who participate on committees to $750 per attendee for non-members. For complete workshop information, please visit the official website here: http://www.bacnetinternational.org/plugfest

Companies interested in enjoying the benefits of BACnet International membership can get more information here.

About BACnet® International
BACnet International is an industry association that facilitates the successful use of the BACnet protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs, and promotional activities. The BACnet standard was developed by ASHRAE and has been made publicly available so that manufacturers can create interoperable systems of products. BACnet International complements the work of the ASHRAE standards committee and BACnet-related interest groups around the world. BACnet International members include building owners, consulting engineers and facility managers, as well as companies involved in the design, manufacturing installation, commissioning, and maintenance of control equipment that uses BACnet for communication. For more information, please visit http://www.bacnetinternational.org.






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