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So much attention has been focused on the various protocols that building automation systems (BAS) claim make them an “open system,” that the second word in the phrase, “system,” has been mostly ignored. Not enough emphasis has been placed on the role of the building automation system in delivering the new protocols and technologies. Here is a reality check on the values of open systems and how to assess your BAS to ensure you get the most out of open system technologies.


Citation: ASHRAE Journal, Vol. 43, No. 5, May 2001