Now in addition to saving to .XML and .CSV format, Cimetrics BACnet Explorer allows you to save your BACnet data to an EDE format. This feature is available for the premium version.
In a multi-vendor system engineering data need to be exchanged between the interacting parties. From the BACnet point of view it is not really required to have data point lists, because data of object properties from any device can be discovered online using the appropriate BACnet services. But depending on the BACnet functionality supported by server device or client device, it may be necessary to provide this information as an offline data-point list. This may also be required, if the client needs to be set-up before the server device is operational on the network.
The Engineering Data Exchange (EDE) template shall help to exchange engineering data, such as data point types, data point addresses and special data point presentation information in a standardized form.
When integrating multi-vendor systems using the BACnet protocol, the actual protocol is described in the BACnet Standard. The extent of implementation is described in the PICS (Protocol Implementation Conformance Statement) of a BACnet device.
BACnet objects contain various object properties that can help in setting-up the engineering data which may be required for the configuration of a Supervisory Station or an Automation Station. However, many of these object properties are not mandatory on either the client side or on the server side.
Also, many clients (Supervisory Stations or Automation Stations) require ‘offline engineering’ of their databases.
The Engineering Data Exchange template shall provide a common means to describe the objects of a data point server in the form of a Microsoft ® Excel spreadsheet. The latest description of EDE format you can find here.
See step-by-step instructions here.
Watch how you can easily export to .EDE format:
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