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Uniting IT and OT with Optigo


IT and Operational Technology (OT) are similar: they both deal in data, handle security, and require training in their fields.

But they aren’t the same. Their use and collection of data are distinct; they have different security concerns; and the training and certifications aren’t equivalent.

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Make your team 78% more efficient with Visual BACnet


Think your site doesn’t have problems? Think again.

A study of two years’ worth of data found that a whopping 76% of files have significant issues. 

Unresponsive devices pop up on 71% of files Response times of 5 seconds or more show up on 34% of files Unresponsive routers appear on 24% of files Global Who-Is Routers affect 19% of files Duplicate Networks impact 12% of files

These are key issues that can have devastating effects, especially on large, multi-vendor networks.

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How We Work: Princeton University’s story


At Optigo, we firmly believe IT and OT teams can work together in any number of ways. Your network could be separate or converged, and you could assign responsibilities based on expertise or device type. Really, the only “wrong” way to work together is not at all.

With that in mind, we’re exploring all the ways you and your colleagues can team up. What workflows can you put in place? How can you assign responsibilities? How We Work is a series where we dig into the technical and social sides of managing building networks.

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International Women’s Day in the BAS Industry


Every International Women’s Day (IWD) is a chance to look at how far our society has come, and how far we still have to go. This year’s IWD is focused around promoting gender balance with the hashtag #BalanceForBetter. As IWD explains:

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What is a BACnet Broadcast Management Device (BBMD)?


BACnet/IP predominantly communicates through broadcast messages, which are received by every device on the same network. Broadcasts are super important for discovering devices or finding and sharing new information. On big systems, though, you can’t have every device on every network sending and responding to broadcasts. If you broadcast to an entire system, it could bring the whole building network down. But sending individual messages from device to device would be overly complicated. 

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What are BACnet Ethernet, IP, and MS/TP?


OK, so we understand that BACnet is a communications protocol.  

Well, Ethernet, IP, and MS/TP are the ways that BACnet devices can communicate with each other. Think of these as phone calls, emails, and text messages: they’re speaking the same language, but not using the same mediums. You can have a mix of BACnet IP, MS/TP, and Ethernet in your building. So, how exactly are they different?

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Introduction to networking


Do you struggle to communicate with your IT colleagues? Do they use concepts and language that go right over your head?

The worlds of IT and Operational Technology (OT) are merging more and more these days as the Internet of Things grows in prominence. This collaboration between IT and OT is great, but there are still gaps in understanding that keep us from fully working together.

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Vancouver company lone tech business to win at BCAMA Marketing Excellence Awards


February 14, 2019, Vancouver, BC – Optigo Networks took home the award for Marketing Excellence in the “Marketing on a Shoestring” category, at the annual BC American Marketing Association (BCAMA) Awards on February 8th. The only tech company nominated in a crowd of marketing agencies, B2C companies, and non-profit organizations, Optigo was a glowing representative for the Vancouver tech community.

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What is BACnet?


Very simply put, BACnet is a communications protocol that governs how your building automation devices work together. Think of it as a language: the rules that guide how devices communicate, just like vocabulary and grammar dictate how we talk to each other.