Third Golden Week by BACnet Interest Group China/Asia (BIG-CA) a Great Success

Event, supported by BACnet International, included training, forums and an interoperability event

Atlanta, Ga. – December 20, 2018 – BACnet International, an industry association that facilitates the successful use of the BACnet® protocol in building automation and control systems, was proud to participate in BACnet Interest Group China/Asia (BIG-CA) “BACnet Golden Week”, which took place in China, November 12-15, 2018. The theme of this year’s event was “The Path to Big Data and Building IoT” and was organized by the Instrumentation Technology and Economy Institute (ITEI). It was hosted at Zhijiang College – Zhejiang University of Technology in Shaoxing, China and supported by BACnet International, BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU) and ASHRAE SSPC135.

BACnet Golden Week followed a similar format to previous events and included a technology educational forum, BACnet training and a BACnet Plugfest interoperability event.  Organizations represented included Siemens, Delta Controls, PcVue, Alibaba, Zhijiang College – Zhejiang University of Technology, Yikong, Fudan University, Schneider Electric, Smart IO, Johnson Controls, and many other industry leading organizations. 

The educational forum was held on the first day of the event and showcased the latest updates to BACnet technology and advanced applications. Highlights include the following:

  • Andy McMillan, president of BACnet International, presented the benefits of BACnet in Airports as showcased at the BIG-EU Airport Conference, which was held in September at Frankfurt Airport and featured several European airports and their use of the BACnet protocol.
  • Alibaba executive presented their vision of IoT and its connection to building automation systems.
  • Bernhard Isler, past chairman of ASHRAE SSPC 135, presented on the status and outlook of BACnet standardization.

Following the educational forum, BACnet technology training was conducted by Bernhard Isler, who provided participants with a deeper understanding of the future of the BACnet protocol.  The training session also gave participants the opportunity to share and discuss their progress, wins and challenges faced implementing BACnet in their products. 

Training was followed by a BACnet Plugfest event, under the guidance of Mr. Isler, which provided an opportunity for companies to perform interoperability testing for their BACnet-enabled solutions in a vendor neutral environment.

“We are very happy to support and participate in BIG-CA’s BACnet Golden Week,” said Andy McMillan.  “The BIG-CA staff and its volunteers hosted an informational and educational event that brought together members of the interest group as well as government officials and others interested in the further adoption of BACnet. It is a great opportunity to showcase the benefits of the BACnet protocol to the building automation market and celebrate its success.”

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. BACnet International oversees operation of the BACnet Testing Labs (BTL) and maintains a global listing of tested products. The BACnet standard was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (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.