Welcome to the newest edition of the Cornerstones enewsletter. The BACnet International community benefits from information and education shared through Cornerstones, the organization's monthly electronic publication. This publication is disseminated to members of the BACnet community, connecting corporate, integrator, site, student and individual end users.

Cornerstones is a unique publication because it speaks not only to the engineer and contractor communities, but also to facility professionals, building managers and owners, and other personnel.
This is where you come in. We need you to connect! If there is a best practice, company news, product news or BACnet Success Story you want to share, please send them to us. And don't leave out the photos!

All submissions should be sent to Kathleen Magee , BACnet International's Marketing Manager.
Top News
20th Annual PlugFest a Great Success!

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the PlugFest Interoperability event. The workshop took place September 10th - 12th, 2019 at The University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Lab in Durham, NH. 
There were 75 attendees from 35 companies representing six countries who came together to test their products with other BACnet vendors. They were able to validate the interoperability of their products and identify potential costly implementation errors prior to installation.
Steve Jones , Managing Partner
The S4 Group
"During the testing process we confirmed proper operation with most of the BACnet clients we tested against. As is typical for PlugFest, we identified a few areas where our S4 Open: BACnet-N2 Router could be improved. Some of these items are minor bugs, others will be scheduled as enhancements for a future release. We also assisted our testing partners in either validating proper operation of their products or identifying areas where they needed to improve. It is always a mutually beneficial process. The environment facilitated at PlugFest is that everyone adheres to a strict non-disclosure policy that does not allow anyone to publicize issues found in other manufacturer’s products. This promotes a productive and cooperative environment that generates positive results for everyone involved."
Educational Sessions
Along with testing, there were two educational sessions conducted at PlugFest which covered BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet S/C) and Test Package 16.0. BACnet S/C enhances the BACnet standard to provide IT-friendly, secure communications while eliminating the need for broadcast messages. The Test Package session focused on the activities of the volunteers and staff working on defining test packages that the BTL test facilities utilize to confirm that submitted products adhere to the BACnet standard

Don't miss the chance to improve your testing and implementation methods by joining us at next year's event.
Dates for the 2020 PlugFest event will be released soon.
The BACnet Institute (TBI) Library Continues to Expand
New articles have been uploaded, some in German!
There are over 20 new articles covering topics including cybersecurity and BIoT. 

For our German speaking learners, eight of these new articles are available in German and English. These articles span a variety of topics including technical monitoring, digitization, fire protection, networking, and much more. 

The Institute’s Library now holds over 140 articles and presentations that accommodate various experience levels and languages.

There are also free courses, including BACnet Basics and The Facility Manager's Guide to Building Automation Systems, as well as a helpful forum!

The BACnet Institute
A One-Stop, 360-Degree BACnet Online Learning Environment.  

The BACnet Institute is an enriching online environment containing a wide breadth of BACnet educational resources - information and learning for everyone involved with BACnet systems.

Registration is required to access the TBI site; however it is  free ! Simply visit  www.thebacnetinstitute.org , sign up, and be prepared to learn.
European BACnet Cyber Security and BACnet City Center
Conference Report
120 building automation experts met in Frankfurt, Germany from September 26 - 27, 2019 at the European BACnet Cyber Security and BACnet City Center Conference. The building automation community was informed first-hand about the secure use of existing IT infrastructures for intelligent buildings as well as integrating elevator monitors into building management systems.

While the BACnet Cyber Security Conference focused on innovative solutions to protect open systems from hacker attacks, the BACnet City Center Conference was dedicated to the integration of elevators and other indoor mobility systems, and demonstrated how a digital transformation offers building owners and operators a multitude of new opportunities

Top-class speakers presented a full spectrum of topics – from fundamentals to applications.

The conference series will continue in 2020.
Bernhard Isler, System Architect at Siemens, reported on how BACnet Secure Connect enables secure data transmission through existing IT infrastructures.
Jürgen Blank, from Schindler Germany, described the enormous potential of networking elevators within building automation
BACnet User Group Meeting: November 7th

You are invited to attend the FREE BACnet User Group meeting supported by BACnet International on Thursday, November 7, 2019, in Watertown, MA.

Donohue's Bar and Grill
87 Bigelow Ave
Watertown, MA

The purpose of the BACnet User Group is to bring together the local BACnet user community twice a year to share tips, techniques and pains on the use of the BACnet products and technologies.

Speakers and topics:
Jim Butler - BACnet IT Working Group convener and the first BACnet Testing Laboratories Manager, CTO of Cimetrics

Topic - "What BACnet/SC can do to improve BAS cybersecurity, and what it won't do"

Mr. Butler manages the technology development organization and the BACnet products business at Cimetrics. He has been with the Company for more than 25 years. Mr. Butler has been an innovator in embedded networking technology for building automation. He has been a significant contributor to the design of the BACnet network protocol (ASHRAE Standard 135), the BACnet test standard (ASHRAE Standard 135.1), and the Facility Smart Grid Information Model (ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201). In 2000, Mr. Butler established the BACnet Testing Laboratories for the BACnet Manufacturers Association (now BACnet International), and managed its product testing program for six years. He currently leads the BACnet committee's IT working group. Mr. Butler received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Christopher Searles - Power Management Account Manager at Eaton

Topic -  "Meters and BACnet"

Christopher Searles is an Experienced Regional Operations Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industry. Skilled in Engineering Management, Power Systems, Solution Sales, Sales Operations, and Electrical Engineering. Strong sales professional with a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. 

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm  - Dinner and networking. Dinner is provided by BACnet international. There is a cash bar for drinks.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  - BACnet presentations & discussions.
If you have any question, please contact:

Svetlana Lyons, Project Product Manager
Cimetrics Inc.
617-350-7550 ext.212
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The Sensor Hub 2.0 can be configured out of the box with just a smartphone

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