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Beckhoff Automation Ltd.

4 Schiedel Court, Unit 1-3
Cambridge ON N3C 0H1, Canada

+1 226-765-7700
www.beckhoff.ca

PC-based control offers Beckhoff scalable control solutions for media control. © Beckhoff
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PC-based control for media technology

A universal platform for all AV equipment, IP networks and cloud services

In addition to Ethernet TCP/IP, serial protocols and OPC UA, the Beckhoff control platform supports all relevant protocols in the area of media technology. This includes Open Control Architecture (AES 70 standard), PJLink, SMPTE-Timecode, Crestron, Bang & Olufsen, Art-Net™ and Streaming ACN (sACN), among others. Vendor-independent control of the widest range of media technology equipment enables the seamless operation of audio and video systems, display devices, multimedia servers and streaming services – in one network and on the same platform. The advantage for users is clear: they are not restricted in their choice of media technology equipment and are free from manufacturer-specific protocol considerations. The Beckhoff platform serves as a multi-language gateway, ensuring flexible communication among devices, as well as optimum usability.

Through the scalability and modularity of the software and hardware components from Beckhoff, users can tailor their control system precisely to the scope of the control tasks at hand. Users can achieve significant performance improvements and cost reductions, but also optimize available installation space. The CX5100 Embedded PC, for example, represents an extremely powerful and modular control solution based on multi-core processors from Intel®, helping to combine audio, PoE, Display Port and DVI on one universal platform.

System overview

The modular range of automation components from Beckhoff offers scalable control components in all performance classes and designs, which can be used to configure needs-based control platforms for any application in the area of audio and video installations or media and show control.
The modular range of automation components from Beckhoff offers scalable control components in all performance classes and designs, which can be used to configure needs-based control platforms for any application in the area of audio and video installations or media and show control.

Beckhoff technology highlights for media technolgy

The intelligent networking of all technical systems, from heating, ventilation and air conditioning to room automation, media technology, operation and monitoring, makes PC-based control the optimal control platform for implementing energy-efficient buildings.
The intelligent networking of all technical systems, from heating, ventilation and air conditioning to room automation, media technology, operation and monitoring, makes PC-based control the optimal control platform for implementing energy-efficient buildings.

The PC-based control principle

The PC-based control technology from Beckhoff has proven itself worldwide since 1980 in the widest variety of industries and applications, from the machine controller and the automation of wind turbines to building automation and AV and media technology. What was regarded 40 years ago as an outsider position has developed very quickly into a standard in the automation industry. Innovative product developments that underscored Beckhoff's PC-based control philosophy followed continuously and are regarded today as milestones in automation technology, such as the modular Bus Terminal system, the high-speed fieldbus EtherCAT or the Embedded PC. The basis for the universal usability of the Beckhoff control solution is its modularity, its scalability in terms of power and its openness toward other systems and tools. The PC-based control platform enables the integral and complete automation of all trades: from heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to room automation, including lighting, solar protection and window control, and from remote maintenance and energy data acquisition to operation and monitoring. For this purpose, Beckhoff offers an extensive toolkit of hardware and software components, which can be used both in individual trades and across systems. Sturdy Industrial PCs or Embedded Controllers with TwinCAT as the universal automation software virtually form the heart of the controller and integrate PLC, visualization, motion control, safety technology and measurement tasks. The Beckhoff I/O systems log data from all sensors and actuators: from daylight-dependent lighting to facade control, and from the control of heating, ventilation and air conditioning to the control of show lights, sound and projection. EtherCAT, the real-time fieldbus system, provides for the necessary communication speed. Through support for all common protocols and interfaces of media and building technology, the Beckhoff automation platform is able to address all industry-typical devices and systems. Due to the modularity of the system, only a new I/O signal has to be integrated into the terminal segment in the case of a function extension. The programming and configuration of the various trades and their functionalities is carried out with TwinCAT via a uniform software. Various software blocks are available for diagnostic functions and configuration, which greatly simplifies engineering.

Your advantage with PC-based control:

  • Cost-effectiveness: from investment to implementation to usage
  • Sustainability: with today's technologies for tomorrow's requirements
  • Simple networking: all information is available on one platform
  • Flexibility: in order to react to users' individual needs, even during use
  • High availability: through the use of open standards

With around 100 signal types, users have an extensive EtherCAT I/O Terminal portfolio at their disposal.
With around 100 signal types, users have an extensive EtherCAT I/O Terminal portfolio at their disposal.

EtherCAT I/O Terminals automate any functionality in building services

In 1995, Beckhoff launched the Bus Terminal, which has since become one of the most important technology standards in automation technology. That was followed in 2003 by the development of the fast EtherCAT communication system. Launched by Beckhoff as an open system, it became a global standard in automation within a few years. With around 100 signal types, an extensive EtherCAT I/O Terminal portfolio is available to users that is extremely well suited for automating every functionality in building applications in terms of both its performance and variance. The Bus Terminals enable a variety of simple building bus systems such as KNX/EIB, DALI-2, DMX, M-Bus, BACnet MSTP and others to be integrated into the controller. This ensures compatibility and continuity with the existing system. Existing and future investments are protected.

In contrast to the Bus Terminals, in which the fieldbus signal is converted in the Bus Coupler to the internal, fieldbus-neutral terminal bus, the EtherCAT protocol is completely preserved up to the individual terminal with EtherCAT Terminals. The EtherCAT I/Os enable DMX and SMPTE-Timecode to be integrated into the controller. EtherCAT Terminals are used in almost every building automation application.

The Beckhoff I/O system supports around 1000 Bus Terminals and is thus probably the most comprehensive system on the market. The components enable users to operate mixed signal configurations without restriction at each station. This means that a single non-central input/output node can map all of the necessary signals.
The Beckhoff I/O system supports around 1000 Bus Terminals and is thus probably the most comprehensive system on the market. The components enable users to operate mixed signal configurations without restriction at each station. This means that a single non-central input/output node can map all of the necessary signals.

The universal basic function block for automation

The I/O signals are wired decentralized to fieldbus devices or centrally to the controller. The available vendor-specific fieldbus devices with fixed input/output configurations and design often make it necessary to use an entire group of devices with similar functions. This complex signal acquisition results in high material, installation, design and documentation expenditures as well as high costs for later changes or extensions. Inventory management and service staff are put under unnecessary strain.

The Beckhoff Bus Terminal is an open and fieldbus-neutral I/O system consisting of electronic terminal blocks. The head of an electronic terminal block is the Bus Coupler with the interface to the fieldbus. Bus Couplers are available for all leading fieldbus systems. With the master terminals, fieldbus functionalities are also available in the form of a standard Bus Terminal. This is particularly advantageous for bus systems that are integrated as subsystems into a higher-level system. It means that only one system is required for the subsystem and for the higher-level bus interface. The master terminals are available for the following building bus systems: BACnet MSTP, KNX/EIB, LON, DALI/DALI-2, DMX, MP-bus, M-bus, SMI, EnOcean, Modbus and others.

Beckhoff product highlights for media technology

The TwinCAT 3 Lighting Solution, which can be configured easily and conveniently using Excel, focuses on simplifying all work steps – from engineering to maintenance. All typical lighting controllers are integrated in the system and the number of DALI lines is unlimited. Fast function changes, addressing and extensions are possible during operation, as are groupings that are independent of the DALI line and human centric lighting concepts related to the course of the day.
The TwinCAT 3 Lighting Solution, which can be configured easily and conveniently using Excel, focuses on simplifying all work steps – from engineering to maintenance. All typical lighting controllers are integrated in the system and the number of DALI lines is unlimited. Fast function changes, addressing and extensions are possible during operation, as are groupings that are independent of the DALI line and human centric lighting concepts related to the course of the day.

The efficient way to a DALI-2 lighting solution with simple configuration

With the TF8050 TwinCAT 3 Lighting Solution, Beckhoff has introduced an Excel-configurable lighting solution that focuses on simplifying all work steps from engineering to maintenance. All typical lighting controllers are integrated and the number of DALI lines is unlimited. Beckhoff bus couplers installed decentrally in the network can be used with extensive lighting systems, which significantly reduces the cabling work. TF8050 also supports features such as remote control via web, the import and export of Excel data or simple maintenance. The Beckhoff lighting solution also includes functions for Human Centric Lighting (HCL) as well as the integration of DALI-2 sensors. All these functions are simple to configure, even without programming knowledge.

The Lighting Solution is fully web and HTML-capable, decentrally scalable and can be operated directly via a multi-touch panel. Fast function changes, addressing and extensions or groupings across DALI lines are directly possible during operation. Daylight-dependent human centric lighting concepts can also be implemented.

The advantages at a glance:

  • greatest possible simplification of all work steps for electricians, system integrators, and operators
  • easy to configure; also available as a fully configured plug-and-play solution
  • easy to expand and maintain
  • unlimited number of DALI lines
  • grouping across DALI lines
  • fully web and HTML-capable
  • hardware-independent
  • locally scalable
  • includes all typical lighting controls

The CX9020 Embedded PC is an extremely compact PC controller. Equipped with a fanless ARM Cortex™ A8 processor with a clock speed of 1 GHz, the CX9020 is suitable for universal use as a zone and floor controller. An ex factory configurable multi-option interface enables a variety of optional extensions: from the audio interface to the fieldbus master or slave.
The CX9020 Embedded PC is an extremely compact PC controller. Equipped with a fanless ARM Cortex™ A8 processor with a clock speed of 1 GHz, the CX9020 is suitable for universal use as a zone and floor controller. An ex factory configurable multi-option interface enables a variety of optional extensions: from the audio interface to the fieldbus master or slave.

The compact, high-performance controller for automation and visualization tasks in the building

The CX9020 Embedded PC is ideal for small to medium-sized projects in the field of building automation. With its wide range of communication options, it is ideally suited for use in the HVAC, room automation and media technology systems. The CX9020 can be used in many areas of building automation due to its support for BACnet, OPC UA, MQTT and Modbus TCP/IP as well as the connection of a wide range of subsystems at the Bus Terminal level, such as BACnet MSTP, KNX/EIB, LON, DALI/DALI-2, DMX, MP-Bus, M-Bus, SMI, EnOcean and Modbus. In combination with the TF8050 lighting solution, the high-performance small controller can be used to illuminate entire halls. In room automation, the CX9020 with the building automation software TwinCAT 3 Building Automation (TF8040) could possibly be used as a controller for the shading, lighting and air conditioning of some rooms. Connections to the media controller are also conceivable.

In the CX51xx Embedded PCs, Beckhoff has launched a series of devices that also makes multi-core technology available for controllers in mid-range performance class.
In the CX51xx Embedded PCs, Beckhoff has launched a series of devices that also makes multi-core technology available for controllers in mid-range performance class.

CX51xx as a high-performance building controller

The high-performance CX51xx Embedded PC – in conjunction with the TwinCAT 3 Building Automation software (TF8040) – is the optimal control platform for the automation of buildings with many data points. With the CX51xx series, the user obtains a very high-performance BACnet controller, which can easily process more than 2000 BACnet objects. Of course, the CX also has all the other connection options, such as OPC UA, MQTT and Modbus TCP at the IP level, as well as a wide range of interfaces for the integration of subsystems such as BACnet MSTP, KNX/EIB, LON, DALI/DALI-2, DMX, MP-Bus, M-Bus, SMI, EnOcean and Modbus at the Bus Terminal level.

A DVI-I interface allows the CX51xx to be connected to a Beckhoff panel for operation and monitoring. The performance class of the CX51xx allows an HMI to run in addition to the PLC. The media world can also be integrated superbly with the common protocols via TwinCAT 3. This gives the user a controller that covers the entire spectrum in the building, from the control of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to room automation and from energy measurement to the cloud connection.

The CX7000 Embedded PC can be used as a high-performance and cost-effective small controller with the TwinCAT 3 software generation and can be extended as desired by Bus Terminals or EtherCAT Terminals.
The CX7000 Embedded PC can be used as a high-performance and cost-effective small controller with the TwinCAT 3 software generation and can be extended as desired by Bus Terminals or EtherCAT Terminals.

CX7000: the variably usable small controller in the building

The CX70xx Embedded PC is ideal for implementing small stand-alone solutions in the building, such as a small ventilation system. The CX7000 is also ideally suited for room automation. With its eight integrated multifunction inputs and four multifunction outputs, it is a very inexpensive compact controller. Of course, the CX7000 can be flexibly extended by all Bus and EtherCAT Terminals, so that subsidiary bus systems such as KNX/EIB, LON, DALI/DALI-2, DMX, MP-Bus, M-Bus, SMI, EnOcean and Modbus can also be connected.

Fanless Intel®-Core™-i-power for the ultra-compact Industrial PC generation.
Fanless Intel®-Core™-i-power for the ultra-compact Industrial PC generation.
The C6015 is also ideal as an edge device for aggregating and collecting data and makes building control IoT-capable.
The C6015 is also ideal as an edge device for aggregating and collecting data and makes building control IoT-capable.

Extremely space-saving, flexibly expandable and sturdy: the new generation of ultra-compact Industrial PCs

Launched with the C6015, the series of ultra-compact Industrial PCs has positioned itself extremely successfully on the market due to its flexible application possibilities. As a sturdy control cabinet IPC with an Intel® Atom™ CPU with up to four cores and a clock speed of 1.91 GHz, the C6015 is suitable for automation, visualization and communication tasks. Its small dimensions of 82 x 82 x 40 mm and the flexible mounting options make the fanless multi-core PC the ideal controller for applications with high performance requirements and minimal mounting space in almost all areas of building automation. The C6015 is certified for BACNet/IP and is a powerful controller for HVAC systems. It is also ideal for use as an edge device for compressing and collecting data and makes the building controller IoT-capable.

The C6017 multi-core computer, which measures just 82 mm x 82 mm x 66 mm, adds a variant to the family with additional optional interfaces. Due to its high computing power and fanless design, the C6025 is particularly suitable for demanding control applications that also take into account the aspect of green IT. The basis for this is the Intel® Core™ i U processor, which consumes significantly less power. The C6030 offers advantages such as low space requirements, universal usability and flexible mounting, even for complex applications with the highest performance requirements. The C6032 has a further board level for modular interface and function extensions. The use of compact PCIe modules allows it to be perfectly adapted to the respective application and requirement profile in the building automation.

With the DMX master/slave terminal for lighting and stage technology, Beckhoff integrates DMX into the PC-based control platform.
With the DMX master/slave terminal for lighting and stage technology, Beckhoff integrates DMX into the PC-based control platform.

Control of DMX devices via the DMX master terminal

DMX is the standard protocol for controlling professional stage and effect lighting equipment. This is used, for example, for the dynamic lighting of showrooms and salesrooms as well as for exclusive plays of light and color in prestigious buildings, such as hotels and event centers. Color mixing and brightness values are transmitted to DMX devices that are static light sources, while moving sources of light also receive spatial coordinates. EtherCAT’s high data transfer rate enables light settings to be updated at a higher rate, with the result that changes of light and color are perceived by the eye as being more harmonious. With the EL6851, DMX devices with three axes such as scanners, moving heads or spotlights can be controlled. In addition, the EL6851 can also be used to drive the RDM (Remote Device Management) protocol. RDM is an extension of the DMX protocol and enables addressing and parameterization of devices. TwinCAT offers associated libraries.

Beckhoff supports the integration of lighting control solutions via DMX, sACN, PosiStageNet and OSC.
Beckhoff supports the integration of lighting control solutions via DMX, sACN, PosiStageNet and OSC.

Connection of DMX controllers

DMX is the standard protocol for controlling professional stage and event equipment, such as that used for the dynamic lighting of showrooms and salesrooms, as well as for exclusive plays of light and color in prestigious buildings such as hotels and event centers. In addition to the EL6851 DMX master terminal for controlling DMX slaves, Beckhoff offers a way to connect DMX consoles (or other DMX master forms) with the EL6851-0010 DMX slave terminal. In this way, any DMX console can be integrated as an operating unit for the Beckhoff controller. The control via a DMX console can also be connected with other forms of controller, such as an HMI or control panels.The EL6851-0010 DMX slave terminal allows the input data of the DMX console to be linked to any other signals in the control system by the Beckhoff controller. Non-DMX-capable devices, such as DALI lamps or Bus Terminals, can also be addressed via the DMX console In addition to the EL6851-0010 DMX Slave Terminal, Beckhoff also offers the integration of light consoles via sACN, Art-Net™, PosiStageNet or OSC.

Connection of up to 64 DALI control gears and DALI-2 sensors (input devices)

The Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) is a simple bus system for building automation that transmits the signals for the digital operation of lighting devices. The lighting, sensor, button and switching elements are wired in parallel, and are linked through the controller. Other actuators, such as heating control valves or the motors for operating blinds are increasingly being put under digital control.

DALI offers the following advantages:

  • an inexpensive interface with simple installation
  • fully digital switching of lamps and similar equipment
  • all well-known electronic control gear manufacturers support DALI and DALI-2

The KL6821 DALI/DALI-2 Multi-master and Power Supply Terminal allows the connection of up to 64 DALI/DALI-2 slaves and 64 DALI-2 sensors (input devices). The KL6821 is integrated into the Beckhoff Bus Terminal system as a normal Bus Terminal and is therefore fieldbus-independent. The higher-level Bus Coupler transfers the data from the DALI master terminal to the controller. The DALI power supply unit integrated in the KL6821 supplies the DALI bus. No further components are required for the operation of the DALI line.

Universal dimmer with integrated diagnostics

The dimmer bus terminals with a rated power of up to 300 VA (W) for KL2751 and 600 VA (W) for KL2761 are designed for the direct connection of various lighting devices, such as incandescent lamps as well as inductive and electronic control gears. The lighting devices are detected and controlled in the correct operation mode. Integrated diagnostics indicate the operating states by means of LEDs and make the status data available via the bus system. The electronic dimmer is extremely compact and is equipped with automatic load detection.

Beckhoff offers an extensive portfolio of energy and power measurement terminals for maintenance, power measurement and performance monitoring.
Beckhoff offers an extensive portfolio of energy and power measurement terminals for maintenance, power measurement and performance monitoring.

Integrated energy consumption measurement in building automation

Energy efficiency plays an important role in building automation. In order to save costs, energy consumption must be reduced and processes optimized. For the energy management of buildings and plants, it is necessary to record the consumptions of water, electricity and heat at the shortest possible intervals. For the support of cost-optimizing energy management systems, Beckhoff's PC-based control offers the possibility to monitor, measure and analyze energy data via a monitoring system that is completely integrated in the standard controller. Specific I/O components allow the high-precision and transparent acquisition of all energy data in a building. The data are processed and analyzed by the TwinCAT control software. Saving potential can be fully exploited, thereby creating the basis for DIN EN ISO 50001 compliance. With a broad portfolio of Bus Terminals and EtherCAT Terminals for energy management, Beckhoff provides suitable technology for the ongoing monitoring of power consumption as well as for the detailed consumption analysis.

Beckhoff terminals for direct current measurement:

  • EL3403 and KL3403 3-phase power measurement 500 V AC
  • EL3413 3-phase power measurement 690 V AC
  • EL3773 high-end grid analysis

Terminals for the indirect measurement (metering) of heat, gas, and water:

Beckhoff is bringing a compact solution for energy data acquisition onto the market in the KL6781 M-Bus Master Terminal: heating, water or gas meters with an M-Bus interface are simply integrated into the fieldbus-independent Bus Terminal system and eliminate the need for external M-Bus gateways. The energy consumption of a building can be significantly optimized on the basis of the exact acquisition of energy consumption data.
Beckhoff is bringing a compact solution for energy data acquisition onto the market in the KL6781 M-Bus Master Terminal: heating, water or gas meters with an M-Bus interface are simply integrated into the fieldbus-independent Bus Terminal system and eliminate the need for external M-Bus gateways. The energy consumption of a building can be significantly optimized on the basis of the exact acquisition of energy consumption data.

Compact M-Bus solution makes special hardware unnecessary

Beckhoff is expanding its range of power measurement terminals with the KL6781 M-Bus master terminal: electricity, water, gas or energy meters with M-Bus interface are simply integrated in the fieldbus-independent Bus Terminal system, making external M-Bus gateways unnecessary. The KL6781 M-Bus master terminal in a compact 12 mm housing allows the direct connection of up to 40 M-Bus devices, each with a current consumption of 1.5 mA. To connect additional devices, another KL6781 can simply be introduced in the Bus Terminal segment. The M-Bus master terminal converts the data from the internal terminal bus into M-Bus-compliant physics. 24 bytes of data per terminal are available for this purpose. The TwinCAT PLC M-Bus software library, which is available free of charge, simplifies the integration of M-Bus devices from numerous manufacturers through predefined profiles.

Integration of the KNX/EIB building bus system into the Beckhoff controller

The KNX/EIB Bus Terminal KL6301 connects the KNX/EIB bus system to the Beckhoff Bus Terminal system. The KL6301 offers the possibility to exchange any data with KNX/EIB devices. The ETS software is not required for configuring the KL6301. It is configured and parameterized via TwinCAT function blocks (IEC 61131-3).

Blind terminals simplify the shading of buildings

Solar protection plays an increasingly important role in today's climate conditions and the focus on energy saving. Beckhoff offers a comprehensive component portfolio for blind control. The KL2722 bus terminal with internal locking logic is suitable for standard applications such as blinds or venetian blinds with a 230 V drive. The KL2602 is available for roller shutter drives. Many functions can be realized in combination with the function blocks from the Beckhoff TF8040 software for building automation. Beckhoff's portfolio includes the KL2532 for very small motors in the range from 24 - 48 V DC. The KL2552 is suitable for very precise louver adjustment; it allows the additional connection of encoders. Current measurement is integrated in both terminals. The Beckhoff range includes the KL2284 for standard DC motors – a low-cost solution for operating four DC motors.

The SMI master terminals connect the Bus Terminal system with the standard motor interface and allow the control and exact positioning of  blinds and solar protection devices.
The SMI master terminals connect the Bus Terminal system with the standard motor interface and allow the control and exact positioning of blinds and solar protection devices.

SMI master terminals for direct connection to the standard motor interface (SMI)

The KL6831 and KL6841 SMI master terminals allow direct connection to the SMI bus system, simplifying the automation of blinds and solar protection devices. In combination with intelligent energy and lighting management, the slats can be positioned to the precise degree and tracked according to the position of the sun. The SMI drives can return actual positions, error messages and service information to the SMI master terminal. Up to 16 drives can be connected to an SMI master terminal. The KL6831 is suitable for LoVo SMI devices. The KL6841 is used to connect 230 V AC SMI devices.

The EnOcean master terminal receives signals from battery-less sensors or sends data to actuators. With a radio signal range of at least 30 m, the wiring of buildings can be simplified significantly. The KL6581 EnOcean master terminal is the link between the KL6583 EnOcean transmitter and receiver modules and the application. Up to eight KL6583 EnOcean transmitters and receivers may be connected to one KL6581 EnOcean master terminal. The EnOcean data are transmitted via the corresponding fieldbus system or the controller. The KL6583 modules are connected to the KL6581 via two wires for the power supply and two wires for the data bus that transmits the EnOcean telegrams. The maximum total length of the data bus is 500 m.

The multi-touch panel series offers maximum flexibility for the realization of ergonomic operating concepts.
The multi-touch panel series offers maximum flexibility for the realization of ergonomic operating concepts.

Maximum flexibility for proven and new operating concepts with multi-touch

The new Beckhoff Panel generation with industry-standard multi-touch display offers the right solution for any application. The wide model variety ranges from different display sizes and formats to custom models. For single-touch users, the new panel generation also offers excellent value for money and a smart alternative to other systems.

Highlights:

  • display sizes from 7-inch to 24-inch (16:9, 5:4, 4:3)
  • landscape and portrait mode
  • multi-touch (PCT): e.g., for 5-finger or 2-hand touch operation
  • high touch-point density for safe operation
  • high-quality aluminum housing, milled from a solid block
  • metal perimeter protection for the display front
  • built-in or mounting arm models
  • Control Panel with CP-Link 4 or DVI/USB-Extended technology
  • Panel PCs with CPUs from Intel® Atom™ to Core™ i7
  • optional electromechanical push-button extension

The CP6606 Panel PC enables the control and visualization of all building functions.
The CP6606 Panel PC enables the control and visualization of all building functions.

Inexpensive and powerful: the Panel PC for the control and visualization of buildings

The CP6606 Panel PC enables the control and visualization of all building functions. As a cost-saving but high-performance built-in Panel PC from the "Economy" series, the CP6606 takes over both the control of HVAC systems and the visualization. The display size of 7 and 10.1 inches is large enough for the local operation and monitoring of the systems. EtherCAT support can be used to connect the required I/O terminals and subsidiary bus systems to the Panel PC. The second Ethernet port can be used to connect the Panel PC to other systems and the BMS, such as BACnet/IP or the OPC UA protocol.

Beckhoff supports the OPC UA as an integrated communication platform

OPC UA is gaining in importance at all levels of the automation pyramid: scalability ranges from the small 15 KB footprint in embedded sensors to the ERP level in the case of SAP and the cloud. OPC UA has its origins in automation technology, but is neutral and is therefore increasingly used as a universal communication platform in the areas of building automation and smart metering. OPC UA provides platform independence from the operating system and the language as well as scalability from the sensor to the ERP/cloud level. Security-by-Design provides security concepts with user authentication, message signing and the encryption of transferred user data already in the OPC UA stack. It is precisely the specification of information models that makes OPC UA interesting for other organizations. They can organize their existing objects in the UA namespace, i.e. defining "What is being communicated?", while OPC UA regulates the secure transport and access rights in terms of "How will communication take place?"