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WindowsTM Client Software for BACnetTM Systems

If you're a developer, building owner or facility manager with multi-vendor BACnetTM systems, chances are you can't get all the specialized application programs you need to make your facility work properly and inter-operate across vendors. If you've looked at the BACnet standard, you know that even simple communications functions can present some daunting problems, and you probably don't have the time to become that much of a BACnet expert. You need fast and reliable tools to help you get right into communicating with BACnet devices and focus on solving your application problems. If your application requirements include access to information in BACnet devices through CitectSCADATM Color Graphic Workstations, then you need BACdoorTM Citect Client.

BACdoorTM Citect Client is the industry's first easy-to-use CitectSCADA Client Software for BACnet. BACdoor Citect Client runs under Windows 98, NT4, Me, 2000 or XP, with Citect v5.42 or later, and provides a robust set of basic client features tailored to the needs of application designers.

BACdoor Citect Client will automatically locate and identify peer BACnet devices for you, even on multiple network segments. You can also configure the peer list statically in a file for faster startup.

BACdoor Citect Client is implemented as a full 32 bit DLL to take advantage of the BACdoor Client DLLs. The Citect Client is not an add-on afterthought like other competitive products based on OPC. This driver was built from scratch to take advantage of Citect's unique internal architecture. We use a special caching technology that dramatically improves performance with CitectSCADA. This is critical in any job when more than 100 points are involved (i.e. almost every job).

The BACdoor Citect Client process acts as an interface between Citect applications and the BACdoor Client DLL that manages communications with BACnet peer devices.

The BACdoor Citect Client automatically translates point requests into BACnet ReadProperty and WriteProperty requests. Through the use of customizable templates, you can easily create graphic screens and Citect "alarms" that manipulate properties of BACnet objects in any BACnet device. The point writing mechanism includes support for BACnet command prioritization so you can match specific points with compatible command priorities and synchronize control over BACnet devices.

Reading and writing are restricted to properties that have primitive datatype values such as integer, real, boolean and so forth.

The underlying BACdoor DLL also provides dynamic status of incoming and outgoing message traffic to facilitate rapid problem-solving and network level debugging.

The software comes with a native Citect driver for BACnet, as well as key Citect databases for HELP.DBF, PROTDIR.DBF and PROTERR.DBF. The documentation includes detailed instructions for integrating BACnet into any Citect project. Typically the Citect BACdoor Client is installed on a single I/O server or workstation.

Note: This software has not been tested or certified in any manner by Ci Technologies Pty. The use of the name Citect here does not imply any endorsment by Ci Technologies Pty!

Specifications
Workstation Software: CitectSCADA v5.42 or later
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 98, Me, NT4, 2000 or XP
Network Interface: any NDIS-compliant Ethernet NIC, SMC COM20020-based ARCNET,
standard serial COM port and EIA232-485 converter
LANs: Ethernet, ARCNET, MS/TP, PTP, BACnet/IP

Licensing
Single Site Binary Executable

Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice!
CITECT is a registered trademark of Ci Technologies Pty. Limited.!

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