New features include controller-based BACnet web pages for viewing, commanding and monitoring system information. Local and remote access to configure and edit the Web-based controller database has also been added, as well as cost saving BACnet MS/TP programmable controllers, remote I/O and a local controller user interface. The Web browser feature also mitigates the necessity for a dedicated PC based workstation through its simple-to-use interface. Any PC or laptop connected to the Internet can access the controller database and maintain system control remotely.
“The APOGEE and TALON product lines specifically address the growing need for sophisticated, standard protocol based controls,” says Nancy Stein, director, Product Management, Siemens Industry, Inc. “The improvements provide the flexibility to meet existing and emerging control requirements for smaller buildings and systems, as well as enable it to grow and be part of the largest campuses and systems.”
BACnet, the HVAC industry standard network protocol, delivers system-wide control and operations management through a single interface. The APOGEE and TALON BACnet web based systems are comprised of all BTL (BACnet Testing Laboratories) certified components, including a BAS workstation, a plug and play controller embedded web server and field level network architecture. Both systems are built on open-protocol platforms, and can seamlessly link BACnet, LonTalk, Modbus and other common open-protocol devices into a single, robust control system.