Echelon aims to end the 'protocol wars' in building automation by
enabling OEMs to develop one hardware product that can be deployed as
either a LonWorks® or BACnet® device, or both
In its booth at the AHR Expo, Echelon OEM device customers will demonstrate building automation devices built on the new FT 6050 chip, including:
Where: The Javits Center in
More information: The FT 6050 is a member of Echelon’s new IzoT™ platform for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). OEMs that have worked exclusively with either LonWorks or BACnet protocols can now use the FT 6050 to develop devices that they can use to participate in both LonWorks and BACnet opportunities. OEMs that have maintained two separate LonWorks and BACnet development efforts and product lines can consolidate their next-generation product development to the FT 6050 and build a single product line that is both LonWorks- and BACnet-capable.
The IzoT platform also includes software that OEMs can use to develop compatible devices that work on media other than the FT channel, such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi and 802.15.4. The IzoT platform simplifies product development for the OEM, improves choice for integrators and owners, and puts an end to pointless protocol arguments that have hampered the building automation industry.
For more information about Echelon, visit http://www.echelon.com; for more information about the FT 6050 SoC, visit http://iiot.echelon.com or see the news release at http://www.echelon.com/company/news-room/2014/Echelon-Introduces-Multiprotocol-System-on-Chip.htm.
Quotes from Alpha Users of Echelon’s FT 6050 SoC:
“The ability to run either LonWorks or BACnet on a single device is a kind of holy grail for developers of building automation applications. Our customers will greatly benefit from automation networks that incorporate the best installation and management features of LonWorks and BACnet.”
“Echelon’s IzoT platform will be industry-changing. We’re excited to incorporate the FT 6050 into products to provide customers a multiprotocol platform simultaneously utilizing LonWorks, BACnet and other industrial protocols on a single device.”
“The multiprotocol capabilities of Echelon’s FT 6050 chip means we can expand the range of bids we respond to.”
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