San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 4, 2007 – Echelon Corporation, a provider of networking technology used to manage and reduce energy consumption, has introduced the i.LON SmartServer™, the newest member of the i.LON family of products. The i.LON SmartServer includes the field-proven capabilities of the i.LON 100 Internet Server and adds custom programming support, built-in network management through a built-in web interface, and the automated, adaptive power line mesh-networking management pioneered by Echelon in its Networked Energy Services advanced metering infrastructure system.
With these new capabilities, the i.LON SmartServer reduces the time and cost to deploy control networks, offers a powerful and flexible platform that can be tailored to the unique needs of a given project, and creates the opportunity for wide-scale use of outdoor power line wiring as a communications network. This makes it a key component for energy and control applications in buildings, managed street light systems for utilities and cities, remote monitoring and control of equipment, and rapid deployment of energy management and control services.
The i.LON SmartServer is expected to help companies expand their energy and control related offerings into new industries and applications due to a number of benefits that include:
- The creation of robust, quickly deployed, networks for energy management and control in markets such as retail and convenience stores and quick service restaurants. The SmartServer can act as a complete network management solution that can install, configure, and manage networks through a powerful web interface.
- The delivery of reliable communications to street lights and other public lighting works using a patented repeating technology to enable utilities, municipalities, and service companies to extend street light and public lighting systems into even hostile electrical environments.
- Standard integration with existing enterprise and operations center software. The SmartServer utilizes web services to make it simple, fast, and very low cost to tie energy and control information to operations centers using standard IT expertise.
- The upgrading of legacy automation systems. Solution providers can create custom applications, drivers, and local language user-interfaces for the SmartServer that can be used to upgrade and manage proprietary control systems and legacy equipment to modern, reliable LonWorks® based networks.
According to Bea Yormark, Echelon’s president and COO, “There are many markets that, with the application of control technologies for energy efficiency and management, could have a huge impact on global climate change today. Echelon is creating the infrastructure that is enabling many industries such as the retail stores, street lights, and commercial buildings to cost effectively and easily incorporate energy efficiency into their operations.”
“We chose Echelon’s i.LON 100 Internet Server as one of the products that we deploy at commercial, institutional, and industrial customer sites because it is reliable and helps us collect near real-time meter data for our innovative energy management and demand response solutions,” says EnerNOC CEO Tim Healy. EnerNOC, Inc. often uses Echelon’s technology as part of its ‘negawatt networks,’ whereby it remotely manages and reduces electricity consumption across a network of customer sites to make demand response capacity and energy available to utilities and grid operators on demand.
The i.LON SmartServer will be available in December 2007.