BACnet® International Announces Plugfest 2008: Trane to Sponsor Industry's Foremost BACnet® Interoperability Workshop

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BACnet® International today announced that PlugFest 2008, the industry's leading workshop for companies to perform interoperability testing for their BACnet® enabled solutions, will take place October 7th to 9th at the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul, Minnesota. As the 9th annual interoperability workshop, the event is expected to be the largest to date - with participation from over 100 engineers from over 30 different companies, representing 6 different countries.

we are extremely appreciative of Trane for sponsoring the event. They have demonstrated their leadership as both a solutions provider and an engaged community member ever since joining BACnet® International. Their guidance and sponsorship will help ensure the event is more valuable for everyone.

BACnet® International today announced that PlugFest 2008, the industry's leading workshop for companies to perform interoperability testing for their BACnet® enabled solutions, will take place October 7th to 9th in St. Paul, Minnesota. As the 9th annual interoperability workshop, the event is expected to be the largest to date - with participation from over 100 engineers from over 30 different companies, representing 6 different countries.

Plugfest appeals to engineers as an opportunity to test their solutions in a vendor neutral and friendly environment with other community members. More information about Plugfest 2008, including vendor applications, registration details, requests for topics and other logistics, can be found at: http://www.bacnetinternational.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=26

Mark Weldy, Vice President and Business Leader, Trane Global Controls, discussed their sponsorship of the event, "As part of our commitment to making buildings better, Trane is pleased to sponsor PlugFest 2008. We believe open, standard protocols are a best practice to deliver the integrated solutions demanded by building professionals." Mr. Weldy continued, "This hands-on conference will help industry participants develop interoperable products that share data more robustly and reliably and combine seamlessly into high performance systems. Fall 2008 marks Trane's 30th anniversary in controls, and we are excited about the further progress that this BACnet® International PlugFest event can foster."

Andy McMillan, President of BACnet® International and President/CEO of Teletrol Systems, commented on Plugfest 2008, "By creating a co-operative and neutral forum for vendors to improve product interoperability, we believe everyone wins. Participating vendors get more innovative solutions in the hands of their customers more quickly, and BACnet® International and its members improve their testing methods, and ultimately their products." Mr. McMillan added, "we are extremely appreciative of Trane for sponsoring the event. They have demonstrated their leadership as both a solutions provider and an engaged community member ever since joining BACnet® International. Their guidance and sponsorship will help ensure the event is more valuable for everyone."

Plugfest 2008 will take place at the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul, Minnesota from October 7th to October 9th. Any company with a BACnet® product that is released or at beta level of maturity is eligible to participate. BACnet® International members may participate free of charge. Other companies may participate by paying a $1500 fee per testing team. For complete workshop information, please visit the official website here: http://www.bacnetinternational.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=26

About BACnet® International
BACnet® International is an industry association that facilitates the successful use of the BACnet® protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs, and promotional activities. The BACnet® standard was developed by ASHRAE and has been made publicly available so that manufacturers can create interoperable systems of products. BACnet® International complements the work of the ASHRAE standards committee and BACnet®-related interest groups around the world. BACnet® International members include building owners, consulting engineers and facility managers, as well as companies involved in the design, manufacturing installation, commissioning, and maintenance of control equipment that uses BACnet® for communication. For more information, please visit http://www.bacnetinternational.org.

About Trane
Trane, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR), provides systems and services that enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings around the world. The business offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; dehumidifying and air cleaning products; aftermarket service and parts support; advanced building controls; and building and financing solutions including those that allow energy-efficient systems to pay for themselves through energy savings. Trane's systems and services have leading positions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrial markets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation;
and a powerful distribution network. The business has more than 29,000 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.trane.com and http://www.americanstandardair.com.

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