Recipients: HGI, Distech Controls, Devtech and Martin Mentzel Honored for Innovation and Leadership

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AHR EXPO -- LonMark® International, a non-profit international association recognized for the certification, education and promotion of interoperability standards for control networking, today announced the winners of its "Best of the Year" awards for 2015. LonMark certified products, people and companies have served as the foundation for thousands of open, interoperable systems worldwide. These annual awards reflect the vision and innovation shared among the members of the LonMark community.

Categories and winners for 2015 include:

Multi-Vendor Project of the Year (Large): HGI for its Erweiterungsbau Landratsamt Sigmaringen Project

The Landratsamt Sigmaringen is the public administration body responsible for the district of Sigmaringen in Germany. A needs assessment performed in 2006, found that the existing building was no longer sufficient to support its employees. So, a retrofit project was initiated to support the creation of 190 office workplaces and flexible use of meeting rooms, plus a new open approach for building automation.  The project involved the integration of products and solutions from fourteen different suppliers. But the most important prerequisite for the project involved a uniform and consistent communication protocol, which supported the unrestricted data exchange between the office space and plant automation. By specifying LonMark certified products for room automation, they were able to provide new functionality and energy efficiency throughout the facility.
Multi-Vendor Project of the Year (Small-repeatable): Distech-DVP Facilities 

This multi-site project involved the networking of 80 medium box retail stores using smart server gateways and LonMark certified lighting and HVAC controls from several different companies. The project included a cloud-based data archiving system that can scan 6000 I/O points in less than 5 seconds. A single front-end platform was created that provided the customer with a dashboard for equipment control, troubleshooting and repairs using smart phones.
Certified Product of the Year: Devtech HID Fugen 

The DEVTECH M2M HID FUGEN 35W-1000W is a LonMark certified, power line-based, energy efficient ballast. It is capable of driving HID lamp types such as HPS/MH/CMH/CDM-T/CXL lamps with remote monitoring, control, dimming, scheduling, alarming, data logging, energy consumption (kWh), failure information, and metering information. 
Visionary of the Year: Martin Mentzel has been actively promoting open control systems based on LON® technology for many years. Martin joined LonMark Germany in 2005 and since 2008 he is a prominent member of the LonMark Germany board. In 2007, Martin Mentzel founded SafeSquare GmbH, a young and innovative company, offering a comprehensive and integrated service portfolio for safety technology supporting the IEC 61508 safety standard. Martin remains very active in developing LonMark profiles as is evidenced by his work with the new VDI profiles. Martin is well respected and well known throughout the LonMark community and currently serves as a LonMark Ambassador.
"This year proved to be a particularly challenging year for our judges, given the impressive collection of submissions from LonMark International members worldwide," said Barry Haaser, executive director, LonMark International. "Congratulations to the 2015 Award winners. We are pleased to see industry innovation, leadership and commitments involving the LonMark interoperability standard.

For more information on the award categories, photos and winners' entries, please visit here and be sure to download the 2016 edition of the LonMark International Magazine here.
About LonMark International 

LonMark International is a member-based, non-profit organization that enables interoperable systems for products based on the ANSI/CEA-709 (ISO/IEC 14908) series of standards. LonMark International has tested and certified over 500 products complying with its interoperability guidelines. Additionally, LonMark International has certified nearly 1,000 industry professionals worldwide for their expertise in the guidelines and industry standards. Products based on the ANSI/CEA-709 (ISO/IEC 14908) standard are installed in over 500,000 buildings worldwide. LonMark International remains committed to educating the industry on the value of open, interoperable systems by providing tools, resources, and support for its members and their markets. For more information, visit www.lonmark.org.
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