Johnson Controls Launches Enhanced Version of Smart Building Automation System
Johnson Controls, a global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader, has launched BCPro™, their smart Building Automation System (BAS) designed for conventional commercial buildings. BCPro™ is the latest release of what was launched as Building Control Manager (BCM) in 2014. BCPro™ provides simple but powerful tools for fast and easy set-up, reducing system configuration time by 50 percent and workload of user interface (UI) configuration by 90 percent, unleashing the full ability and efficiency of BAS operations.
BCPro™ offers a new graphic display with editing, illumination and customization functions, allowing building operators to quickly access and view data, as well as makes changes to the system, lowering the UI configuration workload by as much as 90 percent. This intuitive design not only makes it easy for users to monitor, control and manage building facilities, but also trims the time needed for them to master the system. In addition, the HTML5-based UI enables users to access the system from any device with any web browser, at any place and time.
BCPro™ comes with technological updates that greatly enhance the system software and its communication process with the controllers, ensuring greater system stability and reliability. The system architecture is also streamlined, making installation simpler, more efficient and cost-effective while maintaining reliable operation of critical building functions.
The Engineering Tool (ET) feature, which allows users to program all aspects of the system, has been upgraded. Its built-in templates of the most common heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), plumbing and lighting systems can automatically translate data input by users into control functions, charts, summaries and reports, reducing system configuration time by 50 percent.
Other key components of the BCPro™ system include:
- The heart of the BCPro™ system is the Workstation which connects to all other components through an Ethernet connection, monitoring field controllers and other devices using the BACnet® IP protocol.
- The BACnet® Router facilitates communication between the BACnet® IP and BACnet® MS/TP networks to monitor and control a wide variety of HVAC equipment, lighting, meters and other building systems.
- The MODBUS Gateway enables the integration of many systems provided by other manufacturers.
- The powerful CH-PC family of field controllers is fully programmable to include all key functions.
BCPro™ is the result of Johnson Controls’ rich expertise in building management and automation, as well as its deep understanding of user needs. Designed to help customers effectively create and manage energy-efficient, comfortable and healthy environments, BCPro™ is currently installed in hundreds of buildings, from public facilities to hospitality and light commercial sectors across the world.