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Support for C-Bus Protocol

Issue

Is there support for the C-Bus protocol in StruxureWare Building Operation?

How can we integrate C-Bus into StruxureWare Building Operation?

Environment

StruxureWare Building Operation 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2.

Cause

Requirement to integrate C-Bus protocol into StruxureWare Building Operation, Automation Server or Enterprise Server.  Clipsal C-Bus integrated service provide two gateways (BACnet / OPC), that may provide a suitable integration option.

Resolution

 

StruxureWare Building Operations does not directly support the C-Bus protocol at this point, their may be future plans for this but you would need to request this detail through your Marketing Manager in your Region. 
Clipsal have currently two offerings that can be integrated with StruxureWare, these are:
C-Bus BACnet Gateway (5000BACnet
The C-Bus BACnet Gateway is an embedded device that provides a field bridge between Clipsal C-Bus lighting control systems and the BACnet open protocol. The C-Bus BACnet Gateway provides 255 group addresses from a single application address. The C-Bus BACnet gateway supports the reading and writing of BACnet objects between C-Bus and BACnet and is supplied pre-configured from the (Clipsal) factory.
Below is the link to detail of the C-Bus BACnet Gateway (5000BACnet)
http://www2.clipsal.com/cis/technical/product_groups/cbus/system_units_and_accessories/bacnet_gateway
C-Bus OPC Server 
For larger C-Bus systems (>255 group addresses) then the C-Bus OPC Server provides a gateway for C-Bus and the OPC Data Access protocols.
Additionally you will then need to acquire either an OPC to BACnet application (or OPC to LonWorks) which can be purchased through third party vendors. SCADA Engine is the preferred Clipsal BACnet OPC Client solution used. http://www.scadaengine.com/ 
Below is the link to detail of the C-Bus OPC Server
http://www2.clipsal.com/cis/technical/downloads/c-bus_opc_server
There are obviously additional requirements for each of these options that may need to be considered which you will need to discuss directly with your regional Clipsal representative. In terms of StruxureWare once you have a BACnet device available all values can be accessed within Workstation.
StruxureWare Building Operation does not directly support the C-Bus protocol at this point.
 
Currently Schneider Electric Buildings integration with the C-Bus protocol is typically through the Xenta 913 (See Lessons Learned Article #5190 on how this is achieved).  When Interfacing the Xenta 913 to the Building Operation offerings you must create connection objects to and from the C-Bus objects via SNVTs, which need to be separately created within the Xenta 913 XBuilder project.  Once these SNVTs are exposed, then the Xenta 913 can be added on the LonWorks network allowing the unit to be discovered as a LonWorks device (i.e. only acting as a third party LonWorks device). 
 
There are also two offerings provide by the Clipsal Integrated Services division that can be integrated with Building Operation, these are:
 
1. C-Bus BACnet Gateway (5000BACnet
 
The C-Bus BACnet Gateway is an embedded device that provides a field bridge between Clipsal C-Bus lighting control systems and the BACnet open protocol. The C-Bus BACnet Gateway provides 255 group addresses from a single application address. The C-Bus BACnet gateway supports the reading and writing of BACnet objects between C-Bus and BACnet and is supplied pre-configured from the (Clipsal) factory.
 
Below is the link to detail of the C-Bus BACnet Gateway (5000BACnet)
 
2. C-Bus OPC Server 
 
For larger C-Bus systems (i.e. >255 group addresses) then the C-Bus OPC Server provides a gateway for C-Bus and the OPC Data Access protocols.  Current releases of Building Operation does not support OPC, so you will require either an OPC to BACnet or OPC to LonWorks application which can be purchased through third party vendors. SCADA Engine is the preferred Clipsal BACnet OPC Client solution used. http://www.scadaengine.com/
Even though this solution is focused on BACnet, it may also be possible for a similar solution using LonWorks.
 
Below is the link to detail of the C-Bus OPC Server
 
There are additional requirements for each of these options that may need to be considered, it is best to discuss these directly with your regional Clipsal representative. 
 
 
 
 
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