Echelon Authorizes ViaBus S.R.L. as Training Partner for Italy

9/26/2003 - Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON), the creator of the LonWorks® device networking platform for networking everyday devices to each other and the Internet, announced that ViaBus S.R.L. (ViaBus) has become an Authorized Training Partner. Under the terms of the agreement, ViaBus will offer native language LonWorks training to the Italian automation and device networking market using Echelon authorized training materials and approved courses. ViaBus is already a member of Echelon's LonWorks Independent Developer program and has extended its commitment to the LonWorks platform and Echelon in a move designed to take advantage of the growing market for LonWorks based open systems in Italy. The first three classes, LonWorks Network Design, Using the LonMakerTM Integration Tool and Intro to the LonWorks Platform will be held between October 27 th and November 14 th , 2003.

"We have worked as a design, engineering, and integration firm for a number of years with the LonWorks platform and recognize that it is the future of device networking in buildings, homes, transportation, and utility automation," said Mr. Angelo Spadea , ViaBus' general manager. "We have extensive training facilities, and proven LonWorks experience in the fields of building controls, street lighting, metering, and transportation that we intend to leverage to put a practical, real world emphasis on the knowledge that we impart to our students."

According to Mark Ossel, Echelon's vice president EMEA region, "We've found what we believe to be an ideal Authorized Training Partner in ViaBus a great combination of experience, expertise, and knowledge, both in depth and breadth. They are a young, dynamic, and solid company that we believe will be instrumental in helping grow the Italian market for LonWorks based device networks and open systems."

Italy is one of the largest markets for LonWorks based devices and automation networks in the world. Enel S.p.A., the Italian utility, has installed over 10 million LonWorks based electricity meters in Italian homes. Merloni S.p.A., Europe's third largest appliance manufacturer, markets the Ariston Digital line of LonWorks enabled appliances in Italy. Other LonWorks installations in Italy include Trevi Park and the Vatican.

More information about ViaBus can be found at The current ViaBus training schedule is:

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.

Echelon is a sponsor of the LonWorld® Exhibition, the world's largest event devoted to the networking of everyday devices, to be held October 15-16 th 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 and conference can be found at or

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

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