Echelon announces low-cost Internet connection for intelligent devices

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 3, 2002 — Echelon recently announced that it started shipping the i.LON 10 Ethernet Adapter at the end of the second quarter.

The i.LON 10 Adapter provides a cost-effective way to monitor and control small networks of everyday devices in homes, apartments, and small buildings over the Internet.

Used in conjunction with cable and DSL modems, set-top boxes, or local area networks, the i.LON 10 permits a service provider to expand the functionality of a data network to include such added-value services as appliance monitoring, alarm supervision, metering, sprinkler control, and energy load control.

The i.LON 10 Adapter is well suited for use by ISPs, telephone and cable companies, planned communities, government institutions, and military facilities.

“The i.LON 10 fundamentally improves the way we model our service business and manage our customer care programs,” said Doug Scott, President of Vacom Technologies, a LONWORKS Authorized Network Integrator.

“By providing a real-time window into the operation of our systems on customer premises, the i.LON 10 lets us better manage our customers and avoid needless truck rolls. The cost of the i.LON 10 is so low that we can recover our costs if we avoid rolling just a single truck to a customer’s premise.

“With the i.LON 10 we can remotely monitor alarms, reconfigure devices to meet the changing needs of our customers, and commission new LONWORKS devices without even needing to be on premise.”

About Echelon Corp.
Echelon Corp. is the creator of the LONWORKS platform, used 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 more than 18 million LONWORKS based devices into homes, buildings, factories, trains, and other systems worldwide.

The protocol underlying LONWORKS networks and the signaling used by Echelon’s power line and free topology transceivers have both been adopted as standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Echelon is also a founding member of the LONMARK Interoperability Association, an open industry forum of hundreds of leading manufacturers, integrators, and users dedicated to promoting the use of interoperable LONWORKS devices. More information is available at http://www.lonmark.org. Further information regarding Echelon can be found at http://www.echelon.com.


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