12/20/2002 - Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON), the creator of the LonWorks® device networking platform for networking everyday devices to each other and the Internet, announced that the Building Control Solutions business of Honeywell, has incorporated Echelon's LNS® software platform and network operating system into its EXCEL® 5000 OPENTM System. The EXCEL 5000 OPEN System is Honeywell's flagship product line for building automation and controls. Honeywell is releasing the CARETM 4.0 network configuration and engineering software that now includes an LNS core – making it compatible with any LonWorks based device from Honeywell or any of the 400 LonMark® certified interoperable products available on the market. Additionally, Honeywell has updated its proven Excel 50 and Excel 500 plant controllers to include LonWorks networking. Honeywell has also created LNS device plug-ins for the Excel 10 devices within the EXCEL 5000 OPEN System enabling the company to offer an open LNS and LonWorks-based building automation backbone.
"Today we have an open market that demands open systems. And Honeywell serves that market not only through innovative products, but by supporting branch and contractor/distributor channels that specialize in everything from small commercial buildings to large, integrated solutions," said David Willett, Honeywell's Building Controls Solutions vice president. "Our goal is to provide building control solutions that exceed customer demand for comfort, flexibility, control and long-term value. Incorporating LNS into the EXCEL 5000 OPEN System does just that."
The EXCEL 5000 OPEN System is an open architecture approach that utilizes LonWorks based devices at the unitary control and simple I/O level that are in turn tied to supervisory level systems. Honeywell offers several powerful LNS based workstations for the EXCEL 5000 OPEN System, including Enterprise Building IntegratorTM, SymmetrETM and ACSELONTM.
The LonWorks device networking platform is used by manufacturers worldwide to create automation applications that sense, process, actuate, monitor and control. Examples of such applications include HVAC and lighting systems in commercial buildings, subway train cabin controls, train braking systems, baggage handling systems, parts supply lines, painting machines and thousands of others. The LNS network operating system and software platform is a part of LonWorks solutions that allows for remote access, efficient performance, and easy management either locally or over the Internet.
"We're very pleased to have Honeywell incorporate LNS throughout their entire EXCEL 5000 OPEN System," said Bea Yormark, Echelon's president. "As a key player on a global basis, we believe that Honeywell will have a major impact on the nature of open building controls by providing a full set of open hardware and software installed by branches or authorized channel partners. While we don't expect material short term revenue impact as a result of Honeywell's decision, we believe it is an important indicator of the worldwide direction of the buildings industry, and an example of the ease, certainty and low cost of creating open systems using LNS plug-ins and the LNS software platform."
About Echelon Corporation
Echelon Corporation is the creator of the LonWorks platform, the world's most widely used standard for connecting everyday devices such as appliances, thermostats, air conditioners, electric meters, and lighting systems to each other and to the Internet. Echelon's hardware and software products enable manufacturers and integrators to create smart devices and systems that lower cost, increase convenience, improve service, and enhance productivity, quality, and safety. Thousands of companies have developed and installed LonWorks products and more than 24 million LonWorks enabled processors have been shipped for use in homes, buildings, factories, trains, and other systems worldwide.
The protocol underlying LonWorks networks and the signaling technology used by Echelon's power line and free topology transceivers have been adopted as standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Echelon is also a founding member of the LonMark Interoperability Association, an open industry forum of hundreds of leading manufacturers, integrators, and users dedicated to promoting the use of interoperable LonWorks devices. More information is available at http://www.lonmark.org. Further information regarding Echelon can be found at http://www.echelon.com.
Echelon, LonWorks, LNS, LonMark, the LonMark logo, and the Echelon logo are trademarks of Echelon Corporation registered in the United States and other countries. EXCEL 5000 OPEN, CARE, EBI, SymmetrE, and ACSELON are registered trademarks of Honeywell in the US and other countries.
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