In the hvacr controls industry, the battle is still raging over which standard will be more widely accepted: ASHRAE-sponsored BACnet or Echelon-generated LonMark. Both promise interoperability, which endusers are anxiously waiting for, given the ordinarily proprietary nature of the controls industry. Just the thought of being able to plug in different components from different manufacturers and have them work harmoniously brings joy to the hearts of many building owners.
But many manufacturers have aligned themselves with either BACnet or LonMark, so for the near future at least, endusers will still need to struggle with components designed for one standard or the other. So what do the people behind BACnet and LonMark think about this important and everchanging scenario today?