The OCF Smart Commercial Building Project defines an Internet Protocol top layer that can work securely with all existing Building and Automation Control (BAC) protocols.
The OCF Smart Commercial Building Project connects building automation devices on managed networks. OCF Smart Home allows homeowners to manage their own network while the Smart Commercial Building Project relies on building automation devices coexisting on the same network operated by IT managers. As new devices are added to their network, IT managers can manage them from the company’s network.
The OCF Smart Commercial Building Project develops a new set of necessary requirements for devices, including device control and management and helping IT managers answer questions such as:
- Is this device secure enough to put on my network?
- If yes, what are the security conditions required to use them?
- Should they run on a physically separated network?
- Or on a virtual network?
- Which employees needs to have access to the device, and for what purpose?
Based on their important roles in security and safety, first responders or maintenance engineers will have access to different views of the same device. The project will reuse existing IETF standards in order to commission devices securely and quickly without having to use the one-by-one onboarding used in OCF Smart Home.
The OCF Smart Commercial Building Project does not only define solutions solely applicable to the smart building vertical. It also solves generic problems applicable to other fields that use managed networks, such as smart cities and smart factories.