New initiative will extend LonMark Interoperability Guidelines to support Internet connected devices

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LonMark®, a non-profit association for the certification, education and promotion of interoperable control systems for the benefit of manufacturers, integrators and end users, today announced that it is expanding its industry recognized interoperability guidelines and device profile architecture to support the rapidly growing market for Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). LonMark's release corresponds with Echelon® Corporation's (NASDAQ: ELON) new open IzoT platform (also announced today), which enables the creation of highly reliable communities of devices based on LonMark's proven interoperability model.

"With more than 350 members, 500 certified products and 100 LonMark profiles spanning multiple industries; LonMark International has created one of the world's most admired interoperability standards," said Barry Haaser, executive director, LonMark International.  "Now companies can support traditional control networks based on the ISO/IEC 14908 standard or migrate them toward IP-based networks utilizing popular wired and wireless transport protocols such as Ethernet, IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15.4 and IEEE 1901."
For 20 years, LonMark International has enabled the connectivity and interoperability of millions of devices based on the ISO/IEC 14908 control-networking standard using its proven device profile model. Now that networks are becoming more IP-based, LonMark International is providing a clear migration path for products to communicate over IP networks. Now, an even greater number of buildings, factories, restaurants, transportation systems, and indoor and outdoor lighting worldwide can share information and interoperate in a standardized way.
According to Varun Nagaraj, senior vice president and general manager, Internet of Things, Echelon Corporation, the new IzoT platform demonstrates the natural evolution of control networks toward IP architectures. "Members of the global LonMark community will now have multiple connectivity options for their control system products," Nagaraj added. "The combination of the Echelon IzoT platform and LonMark's proven interoperability model provides a powerful technology supporting both traditional LonWorks® networks and new IP-based networks."
More About IIoT:

The IIoT refers to industrial objects, or "things," that automatically communicate over a network—without human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction—to share information and take action, often autonomously. Because of the unforgiving environments in which these industrial devices exist—including harsh physical conditions and mission-critical processes—IIoT solutions must meet the challenging requirements of industrial-strength reliability, hardened security, wired and wireless connectivity, and backwards compatibility with large installations of legacy devices.
About LONMARK International
LonMark International is a non-profit corporation supporting the testing and certification of products, people and companies supporting the ISO/IEC 14908 body of standards. Its nearly 350 members manufacture, distribute, develop, install or use systems based on these standards.  Over 110 million LonWorks devices have been installed worldwide. LonMark International provides peer-review based certification guidelines and testing for products, people and companies. There are over 500 interoperable products certified and listed on the LonMark website and over 680 people have been certified as LonMark Certified Professionals. For more information about LonMark International, please visit www.lonmark.org.
LonMark and the LonMark logo are registered trademarks of LonMark International in the U.S. and other jurisdictions. Echelon and LonWorks are registered trademarks of Echelon Corporation.


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