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What is BACnet Web Services?

 

BACnet Web Services is a standardized system that helps facilities managers integrate different types of information to understand their building and network. Traditionally, this would have to be done through a gateway that converts to a native protocol, such as BACnet. Now, you can do it all with one common service. BACnet Web Services was approved and released back in 2004 as an addendum to BACnet, and has continued to be updated in the years since.  

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New Visual BACnet Site Manager, for smart building networks

 

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Visual BACnet Site Manager! On April 25th, we’re releasing the latest update to Visual BACnet Site Monitoring. The Site Manager helps facility managers understand their building network’s health at the site, zone, and capture node levels. No matter your network’s size or complexity, you can understand the overall network condition, and dig into the granular system to solve problems.

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Monitor big building networks, with Visual BACnet Site Manager

 

April 3, 2019, Vancouver, BC – The latest release from Optigo Networks helps facility managers understand their building network’s health at the site, zone, and capture node levels. The network connectivity, management, and monitoring company’s new development highlights overall network health, with the ability to dig into specific problems as well. No matter what the network size or complexity, users can drill down and make sense of their data.

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Why use the BACnet protocol?

 

We actually wrote a whole whitepaper on why you should use BACnet, interviewing thought leaders and technicians throughout the industry. To give you the coles notes, though, here are a few pros and cons of BACnet.

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A cybersecurity framework for the world of BAS

 

It’s been five years since the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its cybersecurity framework. A great deal has changed in technology over those years, but the framework remains absolutely critical in our world of growing connectivity.

And yet, I still hear confusion in the building automation world about what this framework means for us. Many buildings are slowly marching forward in that journey to “smart.” Do we really have to worry about cybersecurity?

Well, in a word: yes.

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Network Access

 

The worlds of IT and Operational Technology (OT) are merging more and more these days as the Internet of Things grows in prominence. This collaboration between IT and OT is great, but there are still gaps in understanding that keep these worlds from fully working together.

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Uniting IT and OT with Optigo

 

IT and Operational Technology (OT) are similar: they both deal in data, handle security, and require training in their fields.

But they aren’t the same. Their use and collection of data are distinct; they have different security concerns; and the training and certifications aren’t equivalent.

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Make your team 78% more efficient with Visual BACnet

 

Think your site doesn’t have problems? Think again.

A study of two years’ worth of data found that a whopping 76% of files have significant issues. 

Unresponsive devices pop up on 71% of files Response times of 5 seconds or more show up on 34% of files Unresponsive routers appear on 24% of files Global Who-Is Routers affect 19% of files Duplicate Networks impact 12% of files

These are key issues that can have devastating effects, especially on large, multi-vendor networks.

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How We Work: Princeton University’s story

 

At Optigo, we firmly believe IT and OT teams can work together in any number of ways. Your network could be separate or converged, and you could assign responsibilities based on expertise or device type. Really, the only “wrong” way to work together is not at all.

With that in mind, we’re exploring all the ways you and your colleagues can team up. What workflows can you put in place? How can you assign responsibilities? How We Work is a series where we dig into the technical and social sides of managing building networks.