Free Topology (FT) is the most cost-effective, highest-performance solution for industrial wired networks compared to alternatives including RS-485 and Ethernet. Not only is it easy and inexpensive to install, it can also significantly improve network communication speed and reliability, and now supports multiple protocols for incredible integration flexibility. In addition to LON, FT now supports BACnet – the most widely adopted industrial IoT protocol. It’s no wonder FT is the favorite solution of its many devotees. Why not evaluate the FT architecture for your projects today?
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Renesas' FT 6050 Smart Transceiver system-on-chip (SoC) now natively supports LON®, LON/IP, BACnet/IP and BACnet MS/TP protocol stacks along with simple messaging protocols – uniquely enabling the protocols to communicate simultaneously over the highly reliable and widely-adopted FT channel.
The FT 6050 will modernize and simplify automation and control networks, especially in smart buildings. Its unique and powerful open systems approach allows BACnet workstations and LON network manager and integrator tools to natively field-configure, provision and monitor controllers as either LON or BACnet devices or both. This enables a flexible architecture that combines the best of both worlds, all while taking advantage of FT.
The ability to have native BACnet and LON communication on the same network fundamentally changes the way building automation systems can be architected. Solutions providers can mix devices and applications from different vendors, leading to instantaneous, decentralized peer-to-peer communications for myriad IoT use cases such as office and room controls, HVAC and energy management, security and access control systems, elevator controls and space management.
Building managers and operators also benefit by having a uniform management architecture from their workstations or building management system (BMS) applications to the network of devices, thus standardizing the workflow for managing complex systems.
The FT 6050 smart transceiver SoC offers system integrators the freedom to install devices in any network topology, free from noise and installation errors, using a single installation tool that can accommodate any system, whether they are installing a BACnet or LON device. With the FT 6050, integrators can respond more easily to project specifications, spend less effort on integration and focus on delivering value-added applications and solutions.
Free Topology also eliminates expensive home run wiring, or daisy-chaining limitations, and eliminates heavy IT involvement and cyber security risks of using Ethernet while providing superior reliability and scalability.
The performance and total cost of ownership of BACnet networks is significantly improved when running over FT compared to traditional MS/TP media:
The FT 6050 Smart Transceiver SoC is a key product in our embedded IoT platform — the most comprehensive and open control networking platform for the Industrial IoT. It is also supported in both LON and BACnet configurations by Renesas' SmartServer™ IoT, an open and extensible industrial edge server that supports multiple protocols and applications, enabling the convergence of diverse systems into a single edge networking and compute platform.
New enhancements to the FT 6050 include native support for all BACnet features, as well as improvements to the memory architecture to allow for larger, higher fidelity applications, enabling creation of extensive systems.