4/9/2003 - At Hanover Fair, the world's largest industrial automation technical fair, taking place April 7-11 in Hanover, Germany, eleven companies have joined together to showcase industrial control and automation solutions built on Echelon Corporation's (NASDAQ: ELON) LonWorks® platform. The displays include examples of off-the-shelf products and systems for a wide variety of industrial applications including clean room ventilation and exhaust systems, machine control, process monitoring and quality control systems, and wastewater treatment systems. The community booth (Hall 9, Stand H05) is sponsored by the German LON® Nutzer Organisation e.V. (LNO), an independent user association of more than 160 leading automation companies providing LonWorks based solutions to the European market.
The event also marks the European introduction of Echelon's PanoramixTM enterprise software platform. The Panoramix platform enables companies to harvest critical information directly from networks of devices within their business sites — everyday devices such as utility (electricity, gas and water meters) and energy tracking systems; lighting, heating/air-conditioning, and security systems; refrigeration cases; and more — and integrate this information into their business processes to reduce energy and operating costs, improve quality, identify trends, benchmark operations, and make better, more informed decisions.
"The ability to extract energy usage data from multiple locations and bring it together so it can be analyzed will certainly help companies better understand and better manage their consumption, and ultimately help drive down their energy costs," said Philip E. Clark, Lead Technology Product Planner for KeySpan Corporation. KeySpan is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeast United States and is the largest investor-owned electric generator in New York State.
Designed to support operations with hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of remote sites, the Panoramix platform enables companies such as utilities, retailers, supermarkets, convenience store chains, quick service restaurants, and gas stations to expand their view of the enterprise and run their businesses better.
"Despite the global slowdown in market growth, the LonWorks platform continues to strengthen its position in the German industrial market," according to Jurgen Hertel, co-Chairman of the LNO. "The reason for this continued growth is simply that the LonWorks platform allows companies to deliver what the market demands – open solutions that have a lower life-cycle cost and can be integrated easily into other automation systems in the factory." The LNO is experiencing substantial growth providing industrial solutions such as meter reading and management; control and monitoring of the supply and disposal of water, liquids, air, gases and other raw materials; security and personnel safety measures ranging from escape routes to access control; technical building equipment including production labs and facilities, and the integration of varying systems and products onto a single network; remote control and monitoring of power settings; and integration of product and automation data over IP.
With over 1,120 exhibitors and 55,000m2 of occupied display space, the Hanover Fair is the most important international trade show for factory automation technology. Among the exhibitors showing off-the-shelf LonWorks products and solutions at the LonWorks community stand are: BLEMO Frequenzumrichter, Delmatic Ltd., Echelon Corporation, Geystec GmbH, Intron GmbH & Co. KG, Italtronic Srl, Regulex Automation GmbH, STV Automation, Tertia Training & Consulting, TLON GmbH, UNITRO-Fleischmann.
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 and TEMA AG are hosting the LonWorldTM 2003 Tradeshow in Munich on October 15-16, 2003. The LonWorld event is expected to be the largest gathering of end-users, integrators and developers of the LonWorks device networking platform in 2003. More information can be found at http://www.lonworldexpo.com.
Echelon, Lon, LonWorks, LonUsers, LonMark, the LonMark logo, and the Echelon logo are trademarks of Echelon Corporation registered in the United States and other countries. Panoramix is a trademark of Echelon Corporation in the US and other countries.
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