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BACnetP2: Integrating Siemens Apogee P2 Systems with BACnet

This gateway software provides for an elegant integration of a Siemens Apogee system to any BACnet client software. With the help of the Apogee P2 protocol support, this gateway software gives fast access to the Apogee system data points for both read and write operations as achieved by the Siemens Insight building management software.

Insight is not required for the use of BACnetP2. The driver is a P2 device and relies only on the actual panels. Insight can be replaced with a more modern BAS if desired. For example, Insight can be upgraded to the newer Siemens Desigo front-end and BACnetP2 will work perfectly.

Connections and Mapping of Siemens P2 systems

The BACnetP2 gateway software can be connected to an Apogee legacy P2 over RS485 network. Connection to an Apogee P2 /Ethernet network is also supported including multi BLN configurations.

The software automatically maps the complete Apogee system to BACnet for easy use with BACnet discovery tools. Each Apogee panel is mapped to a separate BACnet device object. Likewise each ApogeeTEC device is mapped to a separate BACnet device object.

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Minimum Impact. Maximum Capability.

The integration has a very low impact on the Apogee system. The BACnetP2 software appears on the Apogee system as a native Apogee panel device which only increases the network load by a small amount, typically a few percent. BACnetP2 allows you to integrate Siemens Apogee panel and TEC device data providing full read and write access to all Apogee device points with very fast data acquisition.

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Minimum System Requirements

The BACnetP2 software is a Linux software application. Windows is not currently supported although the gateway software can be run on Windows from a Linux virtual machine. These are the minimum requirements per gateway.

Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS AMD64 (server or desktop)*
CPU (2 core)
RAM 2 GByte
DISK 64 GByte
RS485 adapter (Legacy P2 /RS485 only)*
IP Modem (Legacy P2 /RS485 only)*  

*ADDITIONAL HARDWARE: The hardware required depends on the configuration you choose to use. Continue reading about the different configurations available and the additional hardware required.

1 Gateway

CPU 2 core



3 Gateways

CPU 4 core



6 Gateways

CPU 8 core



Pre Installed Hardware Device Available

BACnetP2 is a software solution. However, if you would prefer not to buy the hardware and install it yourself, we have a partner in the USA who can ship you a device with Linux and BACnetP2 pre-installed. If you would like to install it yourself you can follow our manual found on BACnetP2 Downloads

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Cyber Security

BACnetP2 will not introduce any cyber security risks to the Building Automation System. It runs on a Linux device or Virtual Machine running Linux which allows customers to lock the device down to different specifications to suit their requirements. For cyber security, it is recommended to run the Ubuntu Linux in a container as a virtual machine.

Download BACnetP2

If you would like to download and try the BACnetP2 software gateway to see how it works with your system, please go to BACnetP2 Downloads, where you will find software, setup manuals, information and more.

The software download is the full version, which has a built-in 16 day demo licence, so that you can decide if BACnetP2 is right for you before purchasing. No strings attached.

What our customers are saying

"Extremely happy with Purpleswift's software solution to convert Siemens P2 protocol to Bacnet. PurpleSwift's technical team worked with us to set up the software and were extremely responsive to any questions or solutions on issues during the implementation."
Adam Boltz - University Controls Engineer

"We have been utilizing our new P2 Gateway at one of our sites for over a month now and are very happy with the results. The usability of the gateway into BACnet is great. You guys have created something special"
Tyler Nigreville – Complete Building Services

"The client is very happy with the speed with which the BACnetP2 delivers data to Tridium. The old Insight system was quite slow in comparison."
Bruce Kinnear - iLED

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