April 2004
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Andover Controls Offers Free White Paper on BACnet's Expanded Capabilities in Today's Facilities 

Paper Outlines the Benefits of Integrating Safety and Security Functions with a BACnet-based HVAC Control and Monitoring System

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Andover, Mass. - Andover Controls Corporation, a leading manufacturer of smart building solutions, today announced publication of a free white paper, "BACnet without Limits."

For facility managers, the comfort of their building occupants is a primary concern. The White Paper proposes expanding the definition of occupant comfort to include safety, and outlines the benefits of integrating safety and security functions (access control, CCTV, fire alarm, smoke control, intrusion detection) with HVAC and environmental monitoring into an overall building management system.

This free White Paper can be downloaded at: http://www.andovercontrols.com/_whitePapers/wp_bacnet.htm.

The publication also addresses the strengths and limitations of the current BACnet standard, and compares BACnet to LonMark and other open protocols being used in the automation industry today. The role of "multi-lingual" control systems is also discussed as a technique to achieve full system interoperability.

Andover Controls Takes Leadership Role in BACnet Interoperability
Developed over a fifteen year period within ASHRAE committee SSPC 135, BACnet has become a mature protocol adopted by the major building automation and control system producers, as well as becoming an ASHRAE, ANSI, and ISO standard.

Andover Controls, an active member of the BACnet Manufactures Association (BMA), has taken a leadership role in BACnet interoperability.

"Andover Controls is the first manufacturer to combine BACnet temperature control with security/card access, badging, power and lighting, even digital video, as well as other vendors' BACnet and proprietary devices," notes Jon Williamson, Andover's Product Marketing Manager.

Designed in strict accordance with ANSI/ASHRAE standard 135-2001, Andover's native BACnet hardware can interoperate with other BACnet devices without the need for gateways. In addition, Andover's dedicated BACnet front-end workstation provides users with true single-seat control of their entire facility while managing multiple systems and vendors.

To find out more about Andover Controls and their new BACnet family of controllers, visit their web site at www.andovercontrols.com/BACnet

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