Echelon's LonWorks Controls Emergency Lighting in Australia

Clevertronics and White Lite Industries have selected Echelon’s LonWorks(R) power line communication products for their advanced emergency lighting systems in Australia. The selection of Echelon’s technology by these two emergency lighting suppliers shows the trend taking hold in Australia, as White Lite and Clevertronics now offer solutions that use the lighting power cabling infrastructure as the data network. Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON) is a global networking company that provides solutions for managing energy, resources, and environments.

Australia has one of the more rigorous mandatory testing requirements for emergency lighting systems. These systems, comprising emergency exit signs and battery powered backup luminaires, must be tested at least once every six months. Traditional emergency lighting systems in Australia rely on twisted pair media to communicate emergency luminaire status information back to a central monitoring system. This required installing new wires for the system, whereas with Echelon’s technology the existing power lines can be used for communication, which reduces both installation time and cost. Furthermore, the new LonWorks based system can be easily expanded in the future, even by third-party service companies.

The Australian Gas and Light Company (AGL Energy) implemented a new system based on White Lite’s Bulldog system. Echelon’s power line technology employed in The Bulldog system helps building owners complete the required testing automatically, improving speed and accuracy and dramatically reducing the manpower required. With over 50 years of experience in the lighting industry, White Lite Industries has become one of Australia’s leading designers and manufacturers of exit and emergency lighting, well known for the innovation and quality of its products.

“We selected the LonWorks control platform and Echelon’s power line signaling for the Bulldog System because we wanted the most reliable, cost-effective and flexible platform,” said John Childs, Managing Director of White Lite. “Echelon’s power line technology allows us to pass on installation savings to end users like AGL Energy and make use of a secure and underutilized asset, the power line network connecting all the luminaires. The Bulldog System relies on Echelon’s technology to provide significant cost savings to end-users, extremely high reliability, and great amounts of flexibility.” The Bulldog System uses an IP backbone that connects to broadband networks via Echelon’s i.LON(R) 100 e3 Internet Server. The complete system can be remotely monitored and controlled via the Internet.

“Clevertronics was looking to upgrade and improve the technology employed in our emergency luminaire monitoring system,” said Tony Todaro, managing director, Clevertronics. “We believe Echelon’s is the best power line based command and control technology on the market with extensively proven reliability under real-world conditions. Our business requires an extreme confidence in technology choices – something only Echelon’s power line signaling could provide. Echelon’s power line transceivers and design products have allowed us to bring an innovative and reliable system to the market in a very short time.”

By using LonWorks technology, Clevertronics has developed what Tony Todaro says is “the most flexible system in the marketplace.” In addition to Echelon’s power line communications technology, Clevertronics makes full use of other LonWorks connectivity options such as FT data, fiber optic, Ethernet and Internet connectivity. Clevertronics’ Zoneworks LW System incorporates a web component for remote monitoring and testing using the .NET platform. The system is used successfully in a number of projects, including Orion Shopping Centre, Brisbane (Mirvac Group); Rouse Hill Shopping Centre, Sydney (GPT and Bovis Lend Lease); and the new AXA building in Melbourne.

“We are pleased to have our power line smart transceivers and the LonWorks platform adopted by the market leaders in the Australian emergency lighting industry,” said Anders Axelsson, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Echelon Corporation. “Emergency lighting is a natural application for power line communications as it leverages an existing wiring infrastructure to dramatically reduce installation costs. The nature of LonWorks device networks further benefits end-users by substantially reducing, if not eliminating altogether, the man hours required to monitor emergency lighting systems for regulatory and safety compliance.”

About Echelon Corporation
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON) is a pioneer and world leader in control networking — networks that connect machines and other electronic devices — for the purpose of sensing, monitoring and controlling the world around us. Echelon’s LonWorks platform for control networking was released in 1990 and has become a worldwide standard in the building, industrial, transportation, and home automation markets. Launched in 2003, Echelon’s Networked Energy Services system is an open, extensible, advanced metering infrastructure that can bring benefits to every aspect of a utility’s operation, from metering and customer services to distribution operations and value-added business. In 2005 Echelon introduced the world’s first embedded control network infrastructure, the Pyxos(TM) platform, extending the benefits of networking inside machines to the sensors and actuators that make them function. Echelon is based in San Jose, California, with international offices in China, France, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Echelon, i.LON, LonWorks and the Echelon logo are registered trademarks of Echelon Corporation registered in the United States and other countries. Pyxos is trademarks of Echelon Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.