Trend’s IQ4 achieves B-BC compliance to be truly open
Trend Control Systems’ range of IQ4 controllers now comes with full BACnet Building Controller (B-BC) compliance. This development is part of the company’s determination to reinforce its position as a provider of non-proprietary open protocol solutions that are fully interoperable with other manufacturers’ products, whilst continuing to provide all of the control functionality that Trend customers and Partners have come to expect.
BACnet embraces object modelling, which allows devices to provide services to other devices, which can vary based upon their complexity. A B-BC is a general-purpose device capable of carrying out a variety of building automation and control operations and must be tested at the BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) to prove compliance and then listed on the BTL website.
Until now Trend has met the B-ASC profile with its controllers. However its IQ4 v3.5 firmware has the full B-BC device profile, with new features including calendar modules, digital time, plus analogue and multi-state time schedules, providing customers with the latest BACnet B-BC functionality and all of the standard benefits and support associated with installing a Trend BEMS controller.
David Field, product manager at Trend, says: “Trend Technology Centres (TTCs) and Trend System Integrators (SIs) have been demanding B-BC compliance and I’m delighted that we are now in a position to fulfil their requirements. It means that IQ4 devices can now form part of the specification for BACnet B-BC tenders and reaffirms Trend’s commitment to offering open protocol solutions of the highest possible calibre.”