EnOcean Alliance specifies intelligent commissioning of smart buildings

July 02, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
The EnOcean Alliance has defined a unified specification for remote commissioning of energy harvesting wireless devices in building automation systems to optimise and ease the control and configuration of building automation networks.

At the same time, the specification allows complete documentation of existing networks and therefore offers a comfortable and practicable way to expand or change installations. Remote commissioning is the crucial next level of interoperability of the EnOcean eco-system.

The aim of the remote commissioning specification is to define a uniform approach for the installation and long-term support of automation networks including EnOcean-based devices. Therefore, the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the EnOcean Alliance has developed a complete process for remote commissioning that includes initial set-up, parameterisation, control, maintenance and documentation of batteryless wireless devices.

Remote commissioning defines the communication between the commissioned and the target device. Basis for this is the specification of an interoperable interface that product manufacturers can integrate in their devices. It adds to the existing standardised profiles and offers enhanced interoperability with basic rules for remote access, configuration and a uniform procedure of the parameterisation of EnOcean-based devices. The communication is based on Generic Profiles. This language defines the grammatical rules for value description in ultra-low power and energy harvesting radio communication.

“With remote commissioning, the EnOcean Alliance has defined a new standard for the set-up and operation of intelligently automated buildings. This significantly eases the work of planners, installers and system integrators. At the same time, it strengthens the interoperability of EnOcean-based devices as the installer doesn’t need to deal with the specifics of a device anymore,” says Marian Hönsch, Product Marketing – Software Architect, EnOcean GmbH, and Remote Commissioning Team Leader, Technical Working Group, EnOcean Alliance.

In addition to the commissioning process, the TWG has introduced a standardised device description that describes the device and its functionalities in detail in an electronic data sheet. All this information will be available on a central data base. Installers or system operators can use a product ID to find the detailed electronic data sheet. That way, they have immediate access to all specifics of the product including