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Build Boston www.buildboston.com brings together the leading suppliers of building products and services all under one roof exhibiting and demonstrating their newest products for your inspection.  Nov 16-18, 1999.

Following is one of the presentations of interest to AutomatedBuildings readers:

Building automation, fire and security systems with fiber optics
November 18th, 10:00 am - noon
Building automation, security, access control, and fire-alarm systems serve as your facility's central nervous system and the transported controls and messages are critical to its operation and to the comfort and safety of its users. Failure of even the smallest section can disrupt the entire operation, or worse. Developers, owners, architects and engineers are seeking fiber-optic networks to gain cost-competitive reliability, security, safety, and total immunity to electrical interference. In fact, fiber is impervious to all forms of electromagnetic interference as well as lighting, wind, moisture, high-voltages and electrical shorts. It is also 100% tamper-proof, more reliable, less expensive, and simpler to install than twisted pair. Learn how you can protect your clients from down-time, errors, interference, fire, unauthorized access and even espionage, all with today's off-the-shelf fiber solutions. We discuss the latest in fiber optics and system integration for building automation, security, access control, and fire alarm solutions and help you select the best systems to safeguard your project throughout its life.
Elizabeth Reed (moderator), Marketing Communications Director, Raytheon Control-By-Light, Sudbury MA

(AMSTERDAM -October 13, 1999) - Six companies specialising in Echelon's LonWorks® system announced the public launch of their new alliance today at Echelon's LonWorld99™ Exhibition and Conference in Amsterdam. LonWorld99 is the world's largest conference and exhibition focused on the networking of everyday devices. The Infranet Partners stand at LonWorld99 displays the wide range of application expertise available within the group, and also includes live demonstrations of several innovative new products. These include the Genius Dimmer dynamic lighting control system, the MB2 range of multifunctional room controls, the Tootsie 100 System Integrators' toolkit, and a new web-enabled version of the acclaimed Perspective™ supervisory, graphical and data management package

OPC Interoperability Week demonstrates interworking of OPC products The international OPC Interoperability Week was held in Nürnberg, Germany, from 13th – 15th July 1999. The aim of the workshop was to test products from as many manufacturers as possible in a heterogeneous automation environment. The 13 manufacturers who attended tested around 30 products from a range of applications such as visualization systems for Client Interface (Intellution, WinCC and USDATA) soft PLC systems (Win AC from Siemens), OPC servers (OPC PROFIBUS server from Trebing & Himstedt, Interbus server from Phoenix, HIMA server) and toolkits from Factory Soft. At times, up to 20 PC's were networked simultaneously through DCOM. The tests confirmed the stability and maturity of products developed to the OPC 1.0A specifications and successful interworking with products based on the new OPC 2.0 standard. Downwards compatibility – a key factor – was demonstrated for the first time in a large heterogeneous network. Some manufacturers used the workshop to test beta versions of their OPC 2.0 products. Where problems arose, the event was used as a discussion forum and as a platform for exchanging experience. All participants were enthusiastic about the outcome of the event. For more info
http://www.t-h.de/News/News-e.htm


Australians to form a BACnet Interest Group! Sydney, Australia. One result of the BACnet symposium held in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday, September 30, is that those present have decided to embark on the formation of a BACnet Interest Group in Australia. The effort will be led by Jim Henry of Doust and Henry, one of the principal organizers of the symposium, the goal of which was to "raise awareness of BACnet in the Australian Mechanical and Electrical Services industries..." The sponsors of the seminar included Alerton Australia, Doust & Henry (distributor for Delta Controls), Kirby Refrigeration (distributor for Automated Logic Corporation), and Simplex International. Four SSPC 135 members, Steve Bushby, Carl Neilson, Mike Newman, and Bill Swan, participated in the symposium which featured prepared talks on various aspects of BACnet, an interoperability demonstration, and a roundtable panel discussion. For more information on the nascent BIG-Australia, contact Jim Henry via e-mail, telephone 61 2 4323 4800 or FAX 61 2 4323 4801!
 

SILICON ENERGY RAISES $14.3 MILLION IN VENTURE CAPITAL

- Maker of Enterprise Energy Management software platform to use funds for sales, marketing and product development efforts -

ALAMEDA, CA - October 5, 1999 - Silicon Energy Corporation, the leading provider of Enterprise Energy Management (EEM) software, today announced the close of its second round of venture-capital fundraising, having raised $14.3 million. The funds will be used for product development and to finance a national sales and marketing rollout strategy for the company's software suite, which is currently being used to manage energy usage in more than 1,000 buildings. Participating in the round of financing were Stephens Group, Integral Capital Partners, Nth Power, JMI, Peregrine Systems and Red Rock Ventures.

BACnet/IP is now an ANSI standard. Approved by the ASHRAE Board of Directors in January as an ASHRAE standard, BACnet/IP has now been accorded the status of an American National Standard. BACnet/IP, put forward as Addendum 135a, defines how BACnet devices can use the Internet Protocol directly to communicate with peer devices anywhere in the world. To download the addendum, click here. This file is in MS-Word 97 format.
 

(AMSTERDAM - October 13, 1999) - EnstoNet has incorporated Echelon Corporation's (NASDAQ: ELON) LPT-10 Link Power transceiver into it's new KDR relay box, bringing the benefits of LonWorks® technology to an already flexible installation system.The LPT-10 link power transceiver communicates both power and data over a single pair of wires, lowering device cost by eliminating the need for a local power supply and lowering system cost by eliminating the need to install a second pair of wires to supply power. The LPT-10 transceiver can be used on the same channel as Echelon's FTT-10 free topology transceiver, the most widely used media type for building control applications.

 


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