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LONMARK Americas Publishes Facility Automation System Master Specification

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San Jose, CA – LONMARK Americas published a Facility Automation System Master Specification designed to help consultants write specifications for LONMARK® Open Systems. The specification is available for download at no cost from the LONMARK Americas website. Traditional specifications are not designed to deal with multi-vendor solutions using common network architecture and off-the-shelf tools. As the leading proponent of Open Systems, LONMARK Americas is providing this no-cost resource to help consultants produce specifications that ensures their clients receive open, interoperable systems.

The LONMARK Open Systems philosophy is simple. A true open system will allow the system to seamlessly connect elements of a building together regardless of the subsystem. This approach supports the direct connectivity between individual elements of HVAC, lighting, security, access control, life safety, energy meters, generator sets and other devices into the same network with out the need for expensive gateways and protocol converters. This open architecture has changed the rules of the industry by encouraging buyers to purchase the “best of breed” products from their vendors of choice. With a true open solution, products, subsystems and systems interact as one through a single user interface. All elements of the system are open, interoperable and in many cases interchangeable. This includes devices and controllers, system installation and configuration tools, as well as the management interface.

“Over the past year a team of committed volunteers has spent countless hours working to evaluate and create the tools needed to make the process of specifying, enforcing, and implementing an open system easier,” said Ron Bernstein, vice chairman of LONMARK Americas. “Anyone reading this specification will notice that there are no products, manufacturers, or recommended suppliers listed. This specification exemplifies the true mission of LONMARK, facilitating the opportunity for everyone to work together to create solutions for the common good. LONMARK offers choices; choices in vendors, in products, in integrators, and in service after the sale. A good open specification, such as the one published by LONMARK Americas takes advantage of this.”

contemporary The no-cost Facility Automation System Master Specification is designed to be modified where necessary for specific projects. The document is available in original MS Word format so that it can be easily edited or extracted into other documents. To obtain a copy of the specification, please visit the LONMARK Americas website at www.lonmarkamericas.org and click the Resources tab.

About LONMARK Americas
LONMARK Americas is a regional membership organization was established to promote open, interoperable systems to a defined regional area which enables the much needed ability to address unique geographic, demographic, cultural and market requirements.

LONMARK Americas became the first affiliate in LONMARK International’s global strategic network, representing 130 members in the North, South and Latin America regions on October 20, 2004. Members of LONMARK Americas include leading manufacturers, integrators and users of control systems in a variety of industries, including building automation, security, lighting, elevators, mass transit, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, consumer appliances, sun blinds, energy metering, construction, commercial real estate, and industrial automation.



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