Echelon Corporation (Echelon) has introduced the LonWorks 2.0 platform for smart networks. The LonWorks 2.0 platform has a new level of performance and simplified installation to control networks based on the ISO/IEC 14908 body of standards and is fully compatible with the millions of intelligent LonWorks devices. LonWorks 2.0 products will accelerate the move to smart networks and energy aware products.

The next generation platform of control networks and products that make it more cost effective than ever to build everyday devices in buildings, factories, city infrastructure, homes and other applications that are smart, connected, and energy aware.This new platform utilizes the latest technology in improving the speed, power, and cost-effectiveness of systems designed to deliver smarter, more convenient environments for work, play, and living while simultaneously lowering energy use.

Since its founding 20 years ago, Echelon has been focused on bringing the power of networks to everyday devices so that they can make better operating decisions and improve our lives. With the increased performance and reduced cost of the LonWorks 2.0 platform, we have expanded the opportunity for even more devices to become smart and energy-aware at a time when the world needs it most, said Ken Oshman, chief executive officer at Echelon.

Working together intelligently and automatically in buildings and systems all around us, LonWorks networks can reduce energy consumption and operational costs, while increasing quality, reliability, and comfort. Saving energy has never been more important than now, both with respect to the climate impact and the economic impact – and we are proud to able to play a leading role in making this happen, Oshman continued.

Expanding Market for Energy Aware Networks

LonWorks 2.0 based products will accelerate the move to smart networks and products that are energy aware that has been pioneered by companies that have built control applications on the existing LonWorks platform. Smart products and systems that automatically manage their energy usage in response to changing grid conditions have redefined the smart grid. With the LonWorks 2.0 platform, a new generation of cleaner and greener smart networks is possible.

The immediate beneficiary of the initial set of LonWorks 2.0 products will be the commercial building sector – a key energy consuming sector that by some estimates consume as much as 50% of US total electricity generation. The expected impact is likely to be on systems for small buildings and the efficiency retrofit market.

Small buildings comprise over 98% of the commercial building market and almost uniformly lack sophisticated control systems or energy response capabilities. Within the large building market, a call for improved efficiency is expected to accelerate the demand for greater levels of control and accountability for energy incentive programs.