Advancing BTL testing ensures BACnet will remain vital, and assists in BACnet’s adoption and user satisfaction.
ATLANTA (PRWEB) November 05, 2020
The BACnet Testing Laboratories Working Group (BTL-WG) has released BTL Test Package v18.0, which contains updated testing procedures to be used by manufacturers to pre-test products for BACnet compliance, and to test devices qualifying for BTL Certification. The BTL-WG was formed by BACnet International to oversee the establishment of the BACnet conformance certification and listing program.
With this release of the BTL Test Package, test coverage has been extended to include most functionality contained in BACnet Protocol Revision 18, along with some functionality from later Protocol Revisions, including BACnet Secure Connect.
"Tested and listed products are crucial to the success of the BACnet standard,” stated Andy McMillan, president & managing director of BACnet International. "Advancing BTL testing ensures BACnet will remain vital, and assists in BACnet’s adoption and user satisfaction."
With Test Package 18.0 now available, BTL testing has entered a transition period. Test Package 18.0 replaces Test Package 16.1.3 as the current test package. The BTL Working Group has set the Transition Period to end February 1, 2021. During the Transition Period, vendors may choose to have their product tested with either test package for those products having Protocol Revision 16 or lower. Products with Protocol Revision 17 or higher must use Test Package 18.0. Any product currently in BTL Testing will continue with Test Package 16.1.3.
About BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL)
BACnet Testing Laboratories was established by BACnet International to support compliance testing and interoperability testing activities and consists of the BTL Manager and the BTL Working Group (BTL-WG). Its general activities include publishing the BTL Implementation Guidelines document, awarding worldwide BTL Listings to qualified BACnet devices, publishing and maintaining the BTL Test Package, approving Testing Laboratories for BTL Testing, providing testing services through its managed BACnet laboratory, and organizing the annual PlugFest Interoperability Workshop.
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. BACnet International oversees operation of the BACnet Testing Labs (BTL) and maintains a global listing of tested products. The BACnet standard was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (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, manufacture, installation, commissioning and maintenance of control equipment that uses BACnet for communication. For more information, please visit bacnetinternational.org.