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oBIXOpen Building Information Xchange
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oBIX also extends to non-control system sensing, providing real-time access to sensors including environmental sensing, electrical panels, and power meters, as well as other utility meters--anything that measures or monitors the physical space in a facility.
How does oBIX relate to control protocols such as LONMARK[R] and BACnet[R]?
Both appeared on the scene in the early- to mid-1990s when the significance of the Internet to buildings was not as profound as it is today, oBIX is working with both groups to enable oBIX to be the vehicle that can take their systems to the TCP/IP layer in a consistent manner, a vehicle that can also be integrated with legacy/proprietary systems as well as future "native" TCP/IP control systems.
What's important to note is that this has to be done on the IT department's terms using their language, rules, standards, and tools; XML and Web services have been created specifically to solve this kind of problem, oBIX is an initiative to use these technologies for building systems.
oBIX, a Web services implementation of XML for the building management and controls industry, will enable mechanical and electrical systems--such as HVAC, elevators, life safety systems, access control, intruder detection, closed-circuit television monitoring, and more--in facilities and buildings to communicate with enterprise applications throughout an organization.
oBIX also will deliver real-time access to sensors that measure or monitor the physical space in a facility, including environmental sensing, electrical panels, and power meters, giving facilities managers and building owners increased knowledge and control of their properties.
Visitors to the buildings systems conference BuilConn Americas 2005, held in March in Dallas, learned that the buzz about oBIX isn't just talk.
Attendees saw the first-ever XML demonstration based on emerging oBIX standards, giving them the opportunity to see oBIX in action.
"In short, it is a way to provide an open, secure, network-friendly method to share information between disparate systems, as well as business systems," notes past oBIX Chair Paul Ehrlich, a business development leader at Trane Global Controls and Contracting in St.
oBIX burst to life in April 2003 as the CABA XML/Web Services Guideline Committee, a working group of the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), based in Toronto.
CA-based LONMARK International, which supports the oBIX initiative.
Recently, governance of oBIX has been transferred to a technical committee at the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), [a global, non-profit consortium that focuses on the development and adoption of e-business standards].