Echelon to Expands LonWorks in North America with Distech Controls

8/7/2003 - Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON), the creator of the LonWorks device networking platform for connecting everyday devices to each other and the Internet, and Distech Controls, a leading North American facility automation company, announced that the companies have signed an Echelon Open Systems Alliance Master (OSA) Logo License agreement. The Agreement allows Distech to increase its market penetration by training and authorizing qualifying organizations within its system integration channel of nearly 100 companies as LonWorks Authorized Network Integrators. In addition to system integration capabilities, Distech has an integrated, easy-to-use set of software tools built on Echelon's LNS® network operating system, LonMark® certified or LNS plug-in equipped products, and a wide range of device controllers that facilitate the creation of open, interoperable, LonWorks based open automation systems.

"Our integration channel has made LonWorks Open Systems a fundamental part of their delivery strategy enabling them to provide solutions that incorporate best-breed-of products. Moreover, they have a core competency in the specification, installation and maintenance of open, interoperable systems," said Mr. Etienne Veilleux, Distech's president. "By becoming a Master Logo Partner within the Open Systems Alliance program, we will be better able to take advantage of the rapidly growing need for open systems in commercial buildings and medical and educational institutions in North America."

"We are very pleased to add Distech as a Master Logo partner; their expertise in industrial and institutional facilities as well as commercial buildings with a particular focus in the North American market can expand the delivery of LonWorks based open systems," said Kevin Lynch, Echelon's director of channel marketing and building solutions. "In Distech, we have established a partner relationship that can extend the benefits of best-of-breed product choices, lower life-cycle costs, and extremely high system flexibility that LonWorks based open systems provide to any type of facility."

The Open Systems Alliance Master Logo agreement enables Distech to certify members of their integration channel to specify, bid, design and deploy open, interoperable control networks that use the LNS network operating system and products installed with the LonMakerTM Integration Tool such as LonMark certified and/or products with an LNS plug-in. Members of the OSA have also been trained to provide embedded Internet capabilities and remote control and access to LonWorks based applications using Echelon's i.LON® Internet Servers. Distech joins OSA Master Logo partners Circon Systems, Fuji Electric, NTT DATA, and Schneider Electric (Australia) Pty Limited. More information about the Open Systems Alliance Program can be found at

About Distech
Distech Controls Inc. designs, manufactures and markets facility automation systems and control products based on the LonWorks open protocol. Headquartered in the Greater Montreal Area, Distech Controls has offices in Florida, Massachusetts and Vancouver. Distributed through a progressive network of system integrators, Distech products are applied in commercial, institutional and industrial markets.

Distech is constantly looking to the future. The company develops high quality products, services and technological solutions available to everyone. Distech focuses on providing simple and cost effective innovations to the market. To learn more about Distech Controls or to contact a local representative, go to

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 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, LonMark, LonWorld, i.LON, LNS, the LonMark logo, and the Echelon logo are registered trademarks of Echelon Corporation registered in the United States and other countries. LonMaker is a trademark of Echelon Corporation.

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