The S4 Group, Inc. Announces Enhancements to S4 Open: BACnet-N2 Router

The S4 Group, Inc. is proud to announce the next major release of the S4 Open BACnet-N2 Router is on target for release in mid-October 2012. The enhanced version will be available through the S4 distributor network and directly from The S4 Group. Steve Jones, founder and managing partner of the S4 Group, Inc. described the updated product, “This release will continue to extend the useful life of legacy building automation systems and expand their capabilities through support of open BACnet interfaces.”

The enhancements to the S4 Open: BACnet-N2 Router include:

  • 1:1 publishing of N2 devices as BACnet devices on a virtual BACnet network. Learn more here.
  • Emulation of N2 Open Override and Release for DX-9100 systems. We hide the details of the Hold mechanism in the background. Learn more here.
  • Publishing of System 91 data objects as the appropriate BACnet object types. These were all previously published as AVs or BVs.
  • Support for BACnet COV. This is a major advantage for several of the BAS manufacturers because it both improves responsiveness and removes a complex process in setting up the HMI system to do polling.
  • Full support for BACnet Priority Arrays for internal and physical output points. Including the ability to disable the priority array to support special cases.
  • The Supervisory Controller as a BACnet Client feature forces N2 transactions from the NCM, or any Metasys® supervisory controller, to go through the BACnet Priority Array mechanism. You select the priority that you want assigned to NCM transactions. Learn more here.
  • Assignment of appropriate BACnet data objects for N2 Open BD region points. Data in this region is application specific and could be either small integers or Boolean values.

The S4 Group has moved the S4 Open: BACnet-N2 Router to a higher level of sophistication, making the use of gateway technology even more compelling as a transition strategy or long-term BAS solution.