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How to spec Division 25

 

The consulting specifying engineer of today is venturing into totally new territory: Division 25. While the MSI is familiar with the need for a Building IoT platform and a way to integrate all the systems in a building, the consulting engineer is only just starting to engage on this level.

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Tap into the power of your JACE

 

If you’re tired of going on site to capture BACnet data, look no further than your JACE.

The latest release of Visual BACnet from Optigo Networks allows you to capture traffic for analysis right from your JACE, 100% remotely. Our team has been hard at work developing this feature to allow you to harness the power of your JACE with Visual BACnet.

All you need is:

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The Basics of OT Networks

 

OT Networks Overview

Operational Technology (OT) networks in smart buildings consist of elevators, lighting, HVAC, surveillance, or essentially, anything attached to the building. With these devices becoming more connected and networked, it’s possible to consolidate IT and OT networks. However, there are many benefits to separating the networks. Separation helps optimize the IT and OT devices and services, as the networks’ requirements and functions are different. Simply put, IT runs the business and OT runs the building aspects.

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Capture BACnet traffic right from your JACE

 

The latest release from Visual BACnet brings huge convenience and time saving for users with JACE controllers. Now, your JACE gives you greater visibility into your BACnet network, allowing you to capture and send data to Visual BACnet for analysis with no additional hardware. 

This solution means that anyone with a JACE controller can capture the BACnet traffic they need with ease. Whatever BACnet data your controller can access, you can analyze. 

To access this new feature, all you need is: 

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Visual BACnet Capture Tool now available for Linux

 

With the new 2.6.0 update for Visual BACnet, we have introduced a Linux Capture Tool. Similar to our Windows Capture Tool, now Linux users can capture BACnet IP and MS/TP traffic right from their computers. Those captures will automatically upload into Visual BACnet for analysis. You can activate captures remotely, and even schedule captures ahead of time. 

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Creating a robust BACnet network at Coventry University

 

Coventry University in the United Kingdom had ongoing construction for campus expansion, requiring installation of new devices and network changes. With all the activity on the network, Chris Goodman, Senior BMS Technician at Coventry, and his team then had to deal with the subsequent broadcast storms. 

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The smart building industry with Pook-Ping Yao: Nexus podcast

 

On the Nexus podcast, founder and host James Dice interviews some of the brightest leaders in the smart building industry. It is a great resource to gain insight and learn from experienced industry professionals. 

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Layer 3 routing made easy

 

Do you waste time on repetitive tasks, like entering in static IP addresses? Do you wait forever to get a block of IP addresses from IT that you can use? 

Layer 3 routing can be difficult and tedious if you don’t have the right tools at your disposal. Luckily, Optigo Connect has a new router management system that makes Layer 3 simple and straight-forward.

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Is your building cybersecure?

 

By Kevin Callahan, Product Evangelist Alerton, and Pook-Ping Yao, CEO at Optigo Networks

In late 2019, Alerton hosted a conference for its partners in California. There, Eric O’Neill, a former FBI counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence operative, spoke about cybersecurity in our new age of smart technology and connectivity.