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Echelon Corp. Delivers First-of-its-Kind Converged Controller for Buildings, Lighting and other IoT Applications
|By Business Wire
|September 22, 2016 10:00 AM EDT
Echelon Corp., a leading independent control networking company for the
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), today announced the availability
of a first-of-its-kind converged controller for building automation,
lighting controls and Internet of Things applications combined with
power line communication meshing capability. SmartServer 2.2 is a
universal gateway and controller for multiple protocols including LON,
BACnet and Modbus offering customers a broader selection of devices that
can be easily integrated into, and managed by one head-end user
The SmartServer 2.2 supports power line communication meshing which
enhances outdoor lighting networks by maximizing the capacity of a
single controller. As a result, fewer segment controllers are required
which gives customers greater cost efficiency. The ability to integrate
a wide range of lighting, building and IoT devices at greater distances
enables customers to expand the reach, scale and performance of their
connected networks, as well as the ability to implement standalone
Enhanced connected networks give customers the flexibility to customize
a mix of applications such as:
Integrating parking lot lighting with building automation for
simplified installation, management and maintenance
Creating sound masking for enhanced productivity
Interfacing between two or more emergency systems for improved safety
For example, a building’s intercom and call boxes can be integrated into
the building automation infrastructure for a customized security system.
In the event of an emergency evacuation, all doors can automatically
unlock and the event can be immediately communicated internally to
employees, and externally to first responders for a safe and rapid exit
by building occupants.
“Having the ability to offer a solution that crosses both building
automation and lighting control will give our customers more options
with regard to the types of systems they can create that help support
their overall business objectives. For instance, customers that have
large buildings and large parking lots can now have a single control for
the entire system. This can save them lots of valuable manpower,” said
Alan Slabodkin, Vice President, Western Allied. “The integrated solution
can also enable us to expand our customer base because we’ll be able to
offer a wider range of customized, automated systems that address the
needs of new and different markets.”
Incorporating feedback from its customers, Echelon built the SmartServer
2.2 on open standards, allowing customers the flexibility to easily add
Internet of Things applications and connect a wide range of devices for
a more robust, integrated system. Performance enhancements reduce
commissioning time and increase responsiveness of Web pages that
interact with the converged controller. Peer-to-peer connection
capability for all applications lets integrators use SmartServer 2.2 to
create networks that provide rapid response to events. For example,
lights in a parking garage can be programmed to automatically illuminate
when a car triggers a motion sensor in that specific location, allowing
the garage owners to create a safer and more inviting environment, while
reducing their energy consumption and cost.
“The insight we have into the challenges that our partners and their
customers are trying to address helped us recognize that one integrated,
scalable network that they can use to manage their systems and
applications would be a huge advantage,” said Rick Schuett, Senior Vice
President of Worldwide Sales, Echelon. “Customers now have a platform on
which they can easily add on smart, Internet-based applications and
dynamically adjust systems to continuously meet their ever changing and
growing business demands.”
SmartServer 2.2 is currently available. Versions of SmartServer 2.2 are
available with support for the two most commonly used communications
media for LON networks which are free topology (FT) twisted pair and
power line (PL) carrier using existing power lines for communication.
All SmartServer versions also support Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP devices.
A driver is available from ConnectEx that adds support for BACnet MS/TP
and BACnet/IP devices.
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON), a pioneer in developing open-standard
control networking platforms, delivers elements necessary to design,
install, monitor and control industrial-strength ‘communities of
devices’ within the lighting, building automation, Internet of Things
and related markets worldwide. Echelon sells its lighting products under
the Lumewave by Echelon brand and its building automation and other
IIoT-related products as part of its IzoT® platform. With more than 100
million Echelon-powered devices installed worldwide, Echelon helps its
customers to easily and safely migrate existing control systems to the
most modern platforms, while bringing new devices and applications into
an ever-growing global Industrial Internet. Echelon helps its customers
reduce operational costs, enhance satisfaction and safety, grow revenues
and perform better in both established and emerging markets. More
information about Echelon can be found at www.echelon.com.
Echelon, Echelon logo, IzoT and Lumewave by Echelon are trademarks of
Echelon Corporation that may be registered in the United States and
other countries. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the
trademarks of their respective owners.
This press release may contain statements relating to future plans,
events or performance. Such statements may involve risks and
uncertainties, the risk that Echelon's offerings by themselves or
combined with other applications or offerings do not perform as designed
or do not offer the expected benefits and savings; risks associated with
international sales; and other risks identified in Echelon's SEC
filings. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these
forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.
Echelon undertakes no obligation to release publicly the result of any
revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to
reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the
occurrence of unanticipated events.
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