Structure and behavior of a building automation system

  • US 9,519,276 B2
  • Filed: 10/03/2012
  • Issued: 12/13/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/03/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A system for addressing field devices running on a processor to automate a building or a campus having a plurality of buildings, the system comprising:

  • a plurality of objects, comprising;

    an object describing a building section, a field device associated with the building section;

    an object describing an automation function;

    a functional unit associated with the object describing the automation function, the functional unit comprising an open-loop and/or closed-loop control program; and

    an input/output module running on the processor and connecting the system to the field device,wherein the object describing the building section has a building section overview list in which semantic information units for the building section are stored, each identifying an automation function which is provided in the building section,wherein the object describing the automation function has an automation function overview list in which semantic information units are stored for the automation function,wherein each semantic information unit has an identifier to identify the semantic information unit and has a relation,wherein each relation defines a type of relation between the object having the semantic information unit stored therein, and another object,wherein each relation makes possible a bidirectional exchange of data between the object having the semantic information stored therein and the other object,wherein there are at least two different relation types and each relation corresponds to precisely one of the relation types,wherein the system is configured to allow installation or replacement of the field device without changing the open-loop or the closed-loop control program, andwherein the system is configured to control the field device using the functional unit in accordance with the automation function.

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