During the COVID-19 pandemic, many educators have had to quickly and creatively learn how to teach hands-on training in a remote environment. When challenged to provide a remote learning solution for students enrolled in his building automation course, Jakub Grela (Ph.D. in Engineering), lecturer at AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland, turned to Contemporary Controls.
Contemporary Controls' technical support staff suggested the BASemulator for remote learning and directed Dr. Grela to the company's training and education resources available for free on the company's website, such as the Industrial Ethernet University (IEU), and their library of videos on topics from BACnet to Sedona.
"The BASemulator was instrumental in allowing the course to continue during the pandemic shutdowns," said Dr. Grela. "It allowed me to continue effectively teaching students how to assemble and program building control hardware and software using the drag and drop programming capability of Sedona."
The BASemulator is part of Contemporary Controls' BAScontrol Toolset, a free set of software tools for Windows PC, which includes:
AGH University successfully implemented the BASemulator as part of their remote building automation course in the winter 2020 term. Now that the university has returned to in-person classroom instruction, Dr. Grela and AGH University decided to update the building automation lab (AutBudNet) using Contemporary Controls' networking and control training equipment.
AGH purchased a graphical interface, a BACnet router, a diagnostic switch, cloud-connected BACnet controllers, unitary BACnet controllers, BAS expansion boards (HATs) for Raspberry Pi, and a programmable BACnet thermostat.
Figure 1. The building automation lab at AGH University of Science and Technology featuring Contemporary Controls' networking and control training equipment. Pictured from left to right: 1) CTRLink Skorpion 8-Port GigE Diagnostic Switch 2) BASview3 Web-based Graphical Interface 3) BASpi-Edge 12-Point Cloud-Connected BACnet Controller 4) BASpi-IO 12-Point BAS Expansion Board for Raspberry Pi
Currently devices are in testing stage. Contemporary Controls looks forward to reporting on the progress of AGH University's building automation system lab in the coming months.
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