November 2010 - Contemporary Controls' BAS Remote is one of the first products to receive Sedona Framework™ certification. The BAS Remote is already BACnet/IP and Modbus TCP compliant; the newly acquired Sedona Framework SOX compliance increases the BAS Remote's versatility as an integration and control device.
The certification process requires that the product initially pass a test suite provided by Tridium along with the completion of a detailed questionnaire. The tests are performed by the manufacturer and the results are sent to Tridium along with two product samples. If the test results are confirmed, Tridium certifies the product.
By participating in Tridium's Sedona Framework Certification and Branding/Trademark program, Contemporary Controls obtains the right to apply the Sedona Framework trademark and logo on its certified product and related marketing materials.
"The BAS Remote was a natural for adapting to Sedona Framework," said Bennet Levine, R&D manager at Contemporary Controls. "It is Linux-based machine and has an Ethernet TCP/IP port. Sedona is IP-based as well. We created a virtual Sedona machine (SVM) beginning with the resources provided by Tridium. We needed to create custom Sedona components for our resident I/O. Programming the BAS Remote is accomplished using either Niagara Workbench or Sedona Workbench."
Sedona Framework is an open source platform backed by specific conformance to industry-defined norms.
"We created the Certification program to allow manufacturers like Contemporary Controls who conform to the Sedona Interoperability Guidelines to advertise their conformance," said Marc Petock, Vice President, Global Marketing & Communications at Tridium. "Non-conforming vendors are not allowed to use the Sedona Framework logo on their products."
The BAS Remote with the built-in SVM can execute stand-alone control schemes while benefiting from the ease of Sedona's drag-and-drop programming. A rich collection of Sedona Framework function blocks, including PID loops, are interconnected on a wire sheet using virtual wires. Once the program is developed, it is stored on the BAS Remote and executes when powered up. The BAS Remote retains its web server configuration capability and its ability to communicate over a BACnet/IP network while functioning as a true application specific controller (ASC).
Those familiar with Niagara Framework® would be completely comfortable with Sedona Framework. Control strategies can be extended from Niagara platforms, such as a JACE®, to Sedona applications on the BAS Remote over Ethernet with ease. For those unfamiliar with Niagara Framework, Sedona Framework can be quickly learned because it is a much simpler platform. An inexpensive programming tool called Sedona Workbench is available to those who do not have Niagara Workbench.
For more information about the BAS Remote including a new application guide, please visit the product page.