Echelon Announces Low-Cost Internet Connection for Intelligent Devices

7/5/2002 - Echelon (NASDAQ: ELON) today announced that it started shipping the i.LON™ 10 Ethernet Adapter at the end of the second quarter. Priced at only $199 (U.S. list price, volume discounts apply), the i.LON 10 Adapter provides a cost-effective way to monitor and control small networks of everyday devices in homes, apartments, and small buildings over the Internet. Used in conjunction with cable and DSL modems, set-top boxes, or local area networks, the i.LON 10 permits a service provider to expand the functionality of a data network to include such added-value services as appliance monitoring, alarm supervision, metering, sprinkler control, and energy load control. The i.LON 10 Adapter is well suited for use by ISPs, telephone and cable companies, planned communities, government institutions, and military facilities.

“The i.LON 10 fundamentally improves the way we model our service business and manage our customer care programs,” said Doug Scott, President of Vacom Technologies, a LonWorks Authorized Network Integrator. “By providing a real-time window into the operation of our systems on customer premises, the i.LON 10 lets us better manage our customers and avoid needless truck rolls. The cost of the i.LON 10 is so low that we can recover our costs if we avoid rolling just a single truck to a customer’s premise. With the i.LON 10 we can remotely monitor alarms, reconfigure devices to meet the changing needs of our customers, and commission new LonWorks® devices without even needing to be on premise. The i.LON 10 helps us improve customer care, increase service revenues, and save operating expenses – a winning combination.”

The i.LON 10 Adapter works in conjunction with Echelon’s LNS® network management system to give remote facility managers, home owners and service providers access to everyday LonWorks devices. Available with a LonWorks twisted pair interface for commercial applications, most consumer and residential applications are expected to use i.LON 10 Adapters equipped with Echelon’s PLT-22 power line interface which communicates over a home’s existing AC wiring.

According to Alex Chervet, Echelon’s i.LON product marketing manager, “We believe that the i.LON 10 is well suited for small networks of intelligent devices located in hundreds or thousands of locations. The i.LON 10 is designed as an extremely cost-effective means of providing superior service to remote customers spread throughout a city or nation. By addressing the need for a low-cost, high performance, Internet-based solution, the i.LON 10 should allow service providers to offer better service at higher margins.”

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 more than 18 million LonWorks based devices into homes, buildings, factories, trains, and other systems worldwide.

The protocol underlying LonWorks networks and the signaling used by Echelon's power line and free topology transceivers have both 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 Further information regarding Echelon can be found at

Echelon, LonWorks, LonMark, LNS, the LonMark logo, and the Echelon logo are trademarks of Echelon Corporation registered in the United States and other countries. i.LON is a trademark of Echelon Corporation. Other marks belong to their respective holders.

This press release may contain statements relating to future plans, events or performance. Such statements may involve risks and uncertainties, the acceptance and performance of the i.LON 10 product, the benefits that our customers derive from the i.LON 10 product, the timing and level of customer orders, demand for products and services, development of markets for Echelon's products and services, and other risks identified in Echelon's SEC filings. Actual results, effect on earnings, 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.

Press Contact:
Hillary McCarthy

Steve Nguyen
Echelon Corporation

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