Echelon Receives Prestigious NOVA Award for LonWorks and Neuron Chip

5/13/2003 - Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON), the creator of the LonWorks® device networking platform for connecting everyday devices to each other and the Internet, announced that the LonWorks device networking platform and Neuron® Chip processor received the 2003 NOVA Award from the Construction Innovation Forum (CIF). The NOVA award is given to the most significant innovations in construction that have improved quality and reduced costs in the industry.

Founded in 1987, the CIF fosters and encourages innovations in construction worldwide, and its NOVA Award is considered the 'Nobel Prize' for innovation in the industry. Echelon's LonWorks platform joins a select group of only fifty-six innovations that have received the award since its inception in 1989.

"There is no trade in the construction industry that has not been dramatically altered by technology and none more deeply than the electrical branch. In a relatively short time, even the most basic job has changed thanks to new tools, new products and new demands from consumers," said Edwin D. Hill, International President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) who delivered the keynote address at the NOVA Awards ceremony. "It is significant that Echelon Corporation is the first electrical technology company to receive a NOVA Award. Innovations like LonWorks control network technology will ensure that our industry is ready to meet tomorrow's construction demands with confidence."

According to Mike Crawford, Chapter Manager of the Michigan Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), "I am delighted that one of our own Paul Harrison, an Ann Arbor, Michigan IBEW journeyman used what he learned as a journeyman to write the winning nomination for Echelon's LonWorks technology. The LonWorks platform developed by Echelon is a key element in the future of members of NECA and the IBEW. We have chosen to educate our members through our joint labor-management training facilities to give them the skills to meet the growing demand for LonWorks systems, increase their value, and keep them current with technologies that we see as standards driving our industry for the foreseeable future."

Since March, 2002, the National Joint Apprentice and Training Committee (NJATC), the training program of the NECA and the IBEW, has been working with Echelon to jointly market, advertise, promote, and deliver LonWorks training classes to IBEW and NECA members. Founded in 1891, the IBEW is the largest electrical union in the world. Founded in 1901, NECA is a leading representative of the construction market comprised of over 4,500 electrical contracting firms.

"We believe that the LonWorks platform has been fostering greater capabilities within the buildings industry from the platform's inception, striving to transform the industry from closed pneumatic and analog systems to networked systems and truly open building automation," said Bea Yormark, President and COO of Echelon. "Working with NECA, the IBEW and the NJATC to expand the reach of the LonWorks platform in the buildings industry has been a win for all of us. Along the way, we believe that the industry has become wiser, smarter and better at using the latest technologies to create environments that are safer, more responsive to their occupants and more efficient. Winning the NOVA Award is a great honor for all of us at Echelon, our customers, and the thousands of building owners, integrators, tenants, electrical workers and managers that live and breathe LonWorks systems everyday."

The NOVA Award was awarded for the Control Network Technology on a Chip, the basis of which is the LonWorks Device Controls Technology Platform. LonWorks is an open, non-proprietary technology that connects intelligent devices to each other and the Internet. Any vendor may incorporate LonWorks into its products.

NOVA Awards have been awarded to advances in quality and all other areas of the construction industry, including innovations in the construction process and in the materials, design, detailing, fabrication, equipment, procurement, contract administration, management, labor relations, training, and safety that improve the construction process and reduced the cost of construction. NOVA Award jurors must consider the effects on construction processes and facility services; whether or not the innovation has already been a proven success; and whether or not the innovation can be documented and presented.

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 30 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 Further information regarding Echelon can be found at

Echelon is a sponsor of the LonWorld® Exhibition, the world's largest event devoted to the networking of everyday devices, to be held October 15-16th 2003 in Munich, Germany. The show is being organized by TEMA AG. Concurrent with the LonWorld Exhibition, Echelon will hold an international developers' conference. More information on the show can be found at or Contact Echelon for more information about the developers' conference.

Echelon, LonWorks, Neuron, LonWorld, LonMark, and the Echelon logo are registered trademarks of Echelon Corporation registered in the United States and other countries.

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