BACnet® International Expands BTL to Increase BACnet Interoperability: Hires Duffy O’Craven to Lead BACnet Testing Laboratory

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Building on almost a decade of success in conformance testing and interoperability events, BACnet International announced today that it is expanding the scope of its BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) and has hired Duffy O’Craven to manage the BTL going forward. The long-standing goal of the BTL has been ensuring BACnet device interoperability across multiple suppliers in the building automation industry. The additional investment in BTL will allow the organization to provide a broader range of educational materials including tutorials, samples and test suites for pre-testing.

Building on almost a decade of success in conformance testing and interoperability events, BACnet International announced today that it is expanding the scope of its BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) and has hired Duffy O’Craven to manage the BTL going forward. The long-standing goal of the BTL has been ensuring BACnet device interoperability across multiple suppliers in the building automation industry. The additional investment in BTL will allow the organization to provide a broader range of educational materials including tutorials, samples and test suites for pre-testing. More information about BTL is located here.

Duffy O’Craven has over 25 years of experience in software engineering, user experience design, and software product architecture with companies including Phoenix Technologies, Dragon Systems and ,most recently Quinda. In his new position, Duffy O’Craven will oversee the BACnet Testing Laboratory and help both manufacturers and commercial members of BACnet International achieve equipment and system interoperability. He will also contribute to BACnet International’s process of prioritizing its work across the broad and evolving BACnet standard.

Mr. O’Craven commented on his new role, “I am extremely pleased that BACnet International is putting more resources behind BTL, and grateful for the opportunity to lead the efforts of the laboratory. I am going to try to make the lab as helpful and cooperative for the implementers as I can.” He continued, “My vision for the future of the BACnet protocol is that vendors will differentiate their offerings based on features, usability, and service rather than on basic device quality and interoperability. This will create a situation where the size of the overall market will be increased by the benefits of BACnet interoperability such as increased energy efficiency for building owners and operators.”

Andy McMillan, President of BACnet International and President/CEO of Teletrol Systems, commented on the appointment of Duffy O’Craven, “Duffy has been a key contributor in both the development and advancement of the BACnet standard for over 10 years -- which makes him a pioneer.” Mr. McMillan continued, “We are very pleased to have him joining the team and look forward to his leadership of our testing and related educational initiatives.”

Companies interested in enjoying the benefits of BACnet International membership can get more information here.

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.

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