oBIX - getting buildings to share and talk

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What is oBIX?

oBIX (Open Building Information eXchange) is an industry-wide initiative to define XML- and Web services-based mechanisms for building control systems. oBIX will instrument the control systems for the enterprise.

 Why is oBIX important?

When control systems are instrumented using an IT standard like Web services, the largest asset of the enterprise--its facilities--are enabled to be fully available to business management.

How does oBIX relate to control protocols such as LONMARK and BACnet?

While many debate the strengths and weaknesses of LONMARK and BACnet, it is clear that neither one was designed for the Internet. Both appeared on the scene in the early to mid 90's when the significance of the Internet to buildings was not as profound as it is today. oBIX is working with both LONMARK and BACnet 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.

 

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