4/9/2003 - TEMA AG and Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) announced that they have entered into a long-term relationship to develop and expand the LonWorldTM Conference and Exhibition. Under terms of the agreement, TEMA AG, a leading event organizer with emphasis on technology products and solutions together with automation, will be responsible for the promotion and organization of the LonWorld events located in Europe beginning with the LonWorld 2003 Exhibition, while Echelon, the creator of the LonWorks® device networking platform and a worldwide leader in networking everyday devices to each other and the Internet, will be the organizer of a co-located event, the Echelon Developers' Conference. Both events will take place on October 15-16th in Munich, Germany at the Messe, Order, Congresse (MOC). More information can be found at http://www.lonworldexpo.com.
The LonWorld event is the world's leading annual forum for the LonWorks industry, allowing hardware and software manufacturers, specifiers, integrators, value added resellers, consulting and design engineers, distributors, facility managers and executives, energy managers and executives, and buyers of "smart" products to see and learn firsthand about new products, applications, and technological advances in networking everyday devices.
"TEMA is very active in the promotion of LonWorks technology around Europe," said Grant Mahmutovic, Executive Vice President, TEMA AG. "We're seeing growth in the European sectors, despite a global slowdown in market growth. Due to our constant contact with European LonWorks device manufacturers and trade press, and based on direct feedback one thing is certain - LonWorks device networking technology continues to lead the global automation market enabling end-users to remotely connect, monitor, control, sense, and diagnose intelligent devices. We are extremely pleased to partner with Echelon and add the LonWorld exhibition to our family of technical trade fairs," continued Mr. Mahmutovic.
Under this new agreement, TEMA and Echelon look to continue to grow the LonWorld event as a premier showcase for the networking industry. The last European conference in Frankfurt, Germany in 2001 featured over 100 exhibitors from 21 countries, and more than 1400 visitors. TEMA expects LonWorld 2003 to see more than 30% growth on the exhibitor side and substantial increases on the trade visitor side.
"TEMA has been instrumental in the success of the LonWorks platform in Europe as our European marketing firm for several years," said Jeff Lund, Echelon's vice-president of business development and corporate marketing. "They bring close relationships with the many LonUsers® International user groups throughout Europe, outstanding relationships with the press and analyst community, and an extensive understanding of the device networking market. We're very pleased to deepen our relationship with TEMA and we look forward to building on the successes of our last LonWorld event in Frankfurt."
The LonWorks platform is an open standard that enables everyday devices such as appliances, elevators, lights, thermostats, air conditioners, electric meters, water heaters, and security systems to be made "smart" and to communicate with each other and across the Internet to improve the way we work and live. In addition to its leading role in networking everyday devices in buildings, factories, and transportation systems, the LonWorks platform is also the basis of the world's largest intelligent metering effort, the Contatore Elettronico project by Enel S.p.A. of Italy, the world's largest publicly traded electric utility. Contatore Elettronico is Enel's project to network 27 million Italian homes with LonWorks based electricity meters using Echelon's power line signaling technology. Over 7 million meters have already been installed. Worldwide, over 29 million LonWorks processors have been shipped.
Visitors arriving at Munich's International Airport can reach the MOC fairgrounds by public transportation quickly and easily in approximately 15 minutes. The fairgrounds are served by an underground railway line. During the LonWorld event, the trains will run every 5 to 10 minutes. Take the U6 directly to the MOC's front door (metro stop: Kieferngarten). Exhibitors and visitors will also have the opportunity to take advantage of cheaper hotel rates in the vicinity for the exhibition. When arriving by car, simply take the A9 expressway and follow the signs to the MOC.
For registration and exhibition information, visit http://www.lonworldexpo.com.
About TEMA Technologie Marketing AG
TEMA Technologie Marketing AG, Aachen, Germany, offers Public Relations and Marketing solutions for both young and established High-Tech companies. TEMA AG was created in 1994 and has profited from continual expansion. As a full-service provider, areas such as consulting, online/offline public relations, advertising, event management and business development, as well as online/offline investor relations, belong to its core competences. TEMA AG's personnel are made up of graphic designers, booth constructors and artists, together with its core team of international marketing and PR specialists. TEMA AG enables its clients to receive all services across Europe from one single source. Further offices are located in Berlin, Dortmund and Paris. Further information can be found at http://www.tema.de
About Echelon Corporation
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) 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 29 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, LonMark, the LonMark logo and the Echelon logo are trademarks of Echelon Corporation registered in the United States and other countries.
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