Asynchronous and Selective transmission for dewiring of building management systems

Qinghua Luo, Abraham Hang Yat Lam, Dan Wang, Dawei Pan, Wai Tin Chan, Yu Peng, Xiyuan Peng

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In this paper, we show a design and implementation of a (partial) wireless building management system (BMS). Compared to the existing wired BMS, a wireless system can be much cheaper and more flexible in deployment. There are existing studies on smart and wireless BMS. Our design differs from others as the latter usually takes a re-arch approach and develops a brand new suite of protocols. However, it can take a considerably long time for re-standardization and adoption by vendors. Our design does not intend to tear down the full suite of upper layer protocols. We thus face difficulties as we need to maintain the upper layer protocols in operation and support their data traffic. The key ideas of our approach are an asynchronous-response framework to maintain the control plane of the upper layer protocols intact, and a modular design to prioritize and schedule data flow to handle link quality and throughput variations. We implemented the proposed design into a real system and evaluated the system by comprehensive experiments with real BMS controllers and software. In addition, we conducted a field deployment by integrating our system with the BMS in FG-building of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The system operated smoothly during 5-h deployment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7587381
Pages (from-to)821-831
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • Asynchronous-response
  • building automation and control network (BACnet)
  • building management system (BMS)
  • master-slave/token passing (MS/TP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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