8/23/2004 - Tridium, Inc., a leading provider of software to enable integration of automation and control devices, is playing a key role in the oBIX Technical committee recently organized under the auspices of OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards. The oBIX group consists of industry professionals working to develop a standard web-services protocol for connecting facility systems to the enterprise.
oBIX will help improve operational efficiencies for end users by bridging the gap between facility systems and enterprise applications. Facility operators, building owners, and tenants will be able to make decisions based on a comprehensive view of their enterprise including life-cycle costs, environmental considerations, operations, and other performance factors. OASIS, an international standards development consortium, will help advance the protocol which will reach across all verticals in the facility management space. With Tridium’s guidance and support, industry stakeholders in HVAC, lighting, security, refrigeration, and others, will define and promote the standard.
As a founding member of oBIX, Tridium has taken a leadership role in the Data and Web Services working group. Acting as Team Group Leader, Aaron Hansen, a Sr. Software Engineer with Tridium, will lead the technical development of these core efforts, which will define common types and services applicable to horizontal issues including discovery, points, historical trends, and alarming, regardless of underlying protocols. John Petze, CEO of Tridium commented that “while there are now numerous open communication protocols employed by building systems and equipment, there is a great need for a web-services standard to make it easy for these systems to communicate with other applications used at the enterprise level. We believe that the success of oBIX under the auspices of OASIS, will usher in a new era of efficiency in real-time facility management.”
oBIX (Open Building Information Xchange) is a focused effort by industry leaders and associations working toward creating a standard XML and Web Services guideline to facilitate the exchange of information between intelligent buildings, enable enterprise application integration and bring forth true systems integration. Based on Standards widely used by the IT Industry, the oBIX guideline will improve operational effectiveness giving facility managers and building owners increased knowledge and control of their properties. Comprised of representatives from the entire spectrum of the buildings systems industry, oBIX includes professionals from the security, HVAC, building automation, open protocol and IT disciplines. This mission of the group is to define standard XML data representations and web services for data acquisition and control systems.
About Tridium Inc.
Tridium is the inventor of the Niagara FrameworkTM, a software framework that integrates diverse systems and devices - regardless of manufacturer, communication standard or software - into a unified platform that can be easily managed and controlled in real time over the Internet or Intranets using a standard web browser. Niagara provides many benefits across a wide variety of customer applications including: building automation, energy services, remote site management, service bureaus and maintenance management. System integrators use Niagara products to provide true open solutions without regard for specific protocols, products or technologies. Manufacturers adopt the Niagara Framework technology to move their products to the web, reduce development time, migrate legacy systems, develop new service offerings and open up new markets.
Tridium is a privately held software company headquartered in Richmond, Va., with subsidiaries based in London and Singapore. Tridium markets its products to value-added resellers, original equipment manufacturers and a network of Tridium Systems Integrators. Additional information about Tridium is available at www.tridium.com.
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