The Next Generation BACnet Explorer
Are you tired of restrictive, old-school BACnet Explorer software packages? Step up to the world of the cloud-connected FieldServer BACnet Explorer Next Generation (NG) from Sierra Monitor.
At its core, the BACnet Explorer NG does what a standard Explorer can do: it automatically discovers BACnet MS/TP and BACnet/IP devices and includes write capabilities to test newly installed devices or to debug the network.
On top of its standard Explorer capabilities, the BACnet Explorer NG provides next-generation features that opens the door for new opportunities in system integration and device management. Using the ProtoAir™ wireless gateway hardware, the Explorer NG's next-gen features include: the ability to act as a Wi-Fi access point for modern configuration and access to the local applications from any mobile device with no user restrictions, supporting BBMD as a standard feature, and offering Monitor View and Historian applications for a network-wide view and the capability of visually tracking devices and data points of interest.
BACnet Explorer NG vs. Traditional BACnet Explorers
|BACnet Explorer NG||Traditional BACnet Explorers|
|Discover, test, and debug BACnet networks and devices||Discover, test, and debug BACnet networks and devices|
|All-in-one, plug-and-play hardware/software appliance; no additional hardware necessary; connect via Serial, Ethernet, or both||One designated PC needs a RS-485 dongle for connection|
|Wireless connections: Wi-Fi and Cellular||N/A|
|Wi-Fi access point for connection from any mobile device: PC (desktop or laptop), tablet, and smartphone||PC access via network connection only|
|Simultaneous multi-user access||One user at a time, per key code|
|BBMD: standard feature||BBMD: after-market add-on|
|Monitor View and Historian: local applications for continuous network and device monitoring with data trending||N/A|
|Cloud-connected through FieldPoP for remote access||Local access only|
|Local data snapshots as exported CSV/Excel-based reports available + network and device data can be logged and collected, be sent to FieldPoP, and be provided to 3rd party applications through REST API||CSV/Excel-based reports of data snapshots only|