Echelon Simplifies Installation of LonWorks Based Building Automation Systems
3 9:00:00 AMEchelon FT 5000 Smart Transceiver with Credit Free Installation chosen by Schneider Electric for their MNL Series Building Automation Products
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Echelon Corporation (ELON), the world's leading energy control networking solution provider, today announced that its customer, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, is transitioning its Lon based MircoNet Series of controllers from the Echelon FT 3150 to the Echelon FT 5000 smart transceiver. These products include VAV, Unitary, and Fan Coil Unit application specific controllers. These controllers are used in Schneider's industry-leading building management systems for commercial buildings, including TAC I/A Series and SmartStruxure solution.
Commercial buildings consume roughly 23% of all electricity globally. Leading building automation providers such as Schneider Electric claim that with the right system, building owners can significantly reduce heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) costs without compromising safety or comfort. Given the attractive return on investment associated with building energy management, Pike Research, a leading energy consultancy, estimates that the market for commercial building automation systems will double over the next decade, increasing from $72.5 billion in 2011 to $146.4 billion by 2021.
Over the years, the scope of building systems has increased to encompass virtually any device or data source within the building. Schneider Electric's Lon based MicroNet series of programmable controllers comply with the ISO 14908 standard, also called LonWorks�. This allows Schneider Electric's customers to easily extend their control system with LonWorks compatible devices from other manufacturers, and allows the company and its integration partners to customize the control system to meet project
"Schneider Electric's choice to update its products with the FT 5000 is a testament to the proven performance of Echelon's technology and to the open extensibility of the ISO 14908 LonWorks standard," said Anders Axelsson, senior vice president, Strategic Accounts & Business Development at Echelon. "The real winners are the customers that will have a robust ecosystem of easy to install and easy to integrate building automation systems."