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BACnet membership advances KONE’s role in development of smart building management systems

Press Release Published 01/20/2020

LISLE, Ill. Jan. 13, 2020 – KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has joined more than 125 leading building automation suppliers supporting promotion of BACnet as a communications protocol to help manage smart buildings. BACnet International is an industry association that facilitates the successful use of the BACnet protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs and promotional activities.

As the first elevator and escalator manufacturing company to support BACnet International, KONE continues to play a leading role in the development of integrated smart Building Management Systems (BMS).

“Integrating KONE elevators, escalators and autowalks with smart buildings using BACnet will allow for quick device discovery and optimized operation. Our new Bacnet Solutions will also deliver real-time diagnostics for even smarter building management,” says Larry Wash,executive vice president, KONE Americas. “We look forward to bringing innovative KONE solutions to this process for our customers.”

As BACnet and building management continues to evolve, more types of building systems are being integrated. Elevators, escalators and autowalks are increasingly part of that integration, which is facilitated by the BACnet protocol.

The only company in the elevator and escalator industry with a specifically-tailored BACnet solution, KONE provides customers with a truly integrated and interoperable system. KONE’s BACnet PR18-compliant controller is an example of the ways in which the company is working toward full smart building management. Because the new elevator controller is a native BACnet device, no elevator controls integrator or translation is required, and no additional work is required by the building operator or BMS company.

“This is what we believe is the first step in our journey to ensure our customers have a fully-integrated system allowing them to operate, manage and maintain their smart buildings in the best way possible,” Wash says.

About KONE

At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2020, KONE had annual sales of EUR 9.9 billion, and at the end of the year over 60,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

Media Contact:

Kevin Metz

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