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(PRWEB) October 13, 2011 - BACnet International announced today that it has approved the recently completed ZigBee building automation standard as the only wireless mesh network standard for BACnet-based devices. ZigBee is a standards-based wireless technology designed to address the unique needs of low-cost, low-power wireless sensor and control networks in the building automation market. BACnet International has approved the ZigBee Building Automation standard based upon its integration with BACnet building automation systems and because its implementation of low-power mesh networks will meet the needs of just about any type of building automation project. With BACnet and ZigBee Building Automation, building owners, operators and tenants can create more efficient buildings and benefit from increased energy savings.

The ZigBeeŽ Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, recently announced it has completed development and ratified the ZigBee Building Automation™ standard. ZigBee uses the 2.4 GHz radio frequency to deliver a variety of reliable and easy-to-use standards anywhere in the world. Products using ZigBee Building Automation give building owners and operators control of more building types and offer the ability to reach more areas of buildings. Existing wired BACnet building automation systems can now be expanded with greater ease and reduced operational cost.

“ZigBee Building Automation delivers much sought after integration with BACnet building automation systems,” said Andy McMillan, BACnet International President and General Manager Philips Teletrol. “We selected ZigBee Building Automation because its low-power mesh networks will meet the needs of just about any type of building. The result is that building owners and operators using BACnet-based devices will have more options and better control.”
 
With ZigBee Building Automation, it is now possible to eliminate the web of wires required to monitor and manage a building and maintain all the benefits of BACnet,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “ZigBee Building Automation provides product manufacturers with a proven standard to expand their product line and help their customers adapt for the future. Only a ZigBee Building Automation network makes it easier, faster and cheaper for a space to be reconfigured to meet a new tenant need.” The Alliance expects members to create ZigBee Building Automation products that will become ZigBee Certified. To see a full list of features and benefits offered by ZigBee Building Automation, visit: http://www.ZigBee.org/BuildingAutomation

PlantPROCOREBACnet International members interested in testing their devices for ZigBee interoperability can leverage the, “ZigBee Certified,” program. The program tests the functionality and interoperability of products using ZigBee standards and specifications to ensure they meet stringent quality standards. To date, more than 340 products have successfully passed this rigorous program. The certification of products is a critical part of the ZigBee Alliance’s standards development and is required before any standard is released for product development. To learn more, visit: http://zigbee.org/Products/ZigBeeCertifiedProgram.aspx

Companies interested in enjoying the benefits of BACnet International membership can get more information here. http://www.bacnetinternational.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=9

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.

About The ZigBee Alliance
The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non- profit association of approximately 400 members driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: http://www.ZigBee.org



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