Johnson Control Releases Metasys 12.0 with Enhanced Security

Metasys 12.0 integrates HVAC and non-HVAC systems into one platform and is designed for fast troubleshooting in the field.

Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), a technology company, announces an update to Metasys, its Building Automation System (BAS) that is said to provide the foundation for fully optimized building management.

Metasys 12.0 integrates HVAC and non-HVAC systems into one platform. It is designed for fast troubleshooting in the field to maintain the latest IT security and networking standards and to reduce installation time and costs. It also provides Metasys users with older software a significant opportunity to upgrade their systems.

“Metasys 12.0 builds on the proven automation and ease of use our customers expect from Metasys,” said Bill Schwebel, vice president and general manager, Global Building Automation Systems and Controls. “Rigorously tested to ensure successful deployments and upgrades, we enhanced Metasys to streamline workflows and optimize user efficiency. We also introduced BACnet/SC compliance, which is an updated industry interoperability standard we helped design, making it simple for customers to stay up-to-date with the latest IT security requirements.”

The Metasys 12.0 release improves system security by following the new BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC) interoperability standard for current IT security protocols, helping to further secure communications among Metasys IP components, says the company. It also supports MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT), a standard messaging protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT), offering support for next-generation network engines to easily exchange Metrasys data with popular IoT platforms and applications across the system.

Other improvements include an expanded line of next-generation equipment controllers with onboard displays and keypads, including a new remote-mountable display assembly so customers and technicians can quickly troubleshoot and restore control while near mechanical equipment.

Furthermore, with the Metasys Site Management Portal (SMP) at the end of its useful life, the 12.0 release allows existing SMP users to future-proof their investment by migrating to Metasys User Interface (UI). To support this, Metasys UI now includes familiar SMP views and capabilities, according to the company.

Metasys UI helps maximize efficiency and protect building investments with space-based navigation and a Cyber Health Dashboard. New users can learn to use basic system functions in five minutes and it provides 96% less learning time than traditional BAS. Metasys UI requires 86% fewer clicks than traditional BAS, giving fast access to critical data.

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