New OASIS committee aims for building spec

The new Open Building Information Xchange TC at OASIS will work on a specification that enables buildings and facilities to talk to enterprise applications.

Standards body OASIS announced today the formation of the OASIS oBIX (Open Building Information Xchange) Technical

Committee. The committee will develop a specification that will enable enterprise applications to communicate with mechanical and electrical systems in buildings.

OBIX will focus on systems embedded in facilities, such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), elevators, laboratory equipment, life/safety systems, access control, intruder detection, audio visual event management, closed circuit television monitoring, and many others.

"OBIX is an exciting example of applying Web services to solve a specific market requirement," said Patrick Gannon, president and CEO of OASIS in a statement. "The building controls industry recognized the need for a standard optimized for Internet technology. By choosing to advance this work within OASIS, CABA's domain experts join together with developers of more than 14 Web services initiatives currently underway at our consortium. We believe that proximity to other OASIS Web services standards efforts will help foster interoperability and encourage reuse of related work."

Users and vendors in the building controls market are members of the committee.

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