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Echelon Receives Patent For Ease Of Configuration And Use In Connecting 'Communities Of Devices' Into The Internet Of Things

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON), the world's leading control networking technology provider, today announced that its Interoperable Self-Installation (ISI) technology, an innovative, simple way to install and configure communities of devices on a control network – which increasingly comprise the Internet of Things (IoT) – was awarded U.S. Patent number 8,374,104. Echelon has implemented ISI in its products, and Echelon customers have created commercial offerings based on the now-patented technology.

ISI dramatically simplifies the configuration tasks associated with creating 'communities of devices' – including everyday digital devices that are interconnected over a network and that perform common tasks. A community of devices is one that shares information and decision-making locally on a peer-to-peer basis, and that may or may not connect to the Internet.

"Within the overall Internet of Things category, millions of simple legacy devices are being overlooked, and it's these communities of devices where Echelon is focused with our ISI technology," said Varun Nagaraj, senior vice president and general manager, Echelon. "People don't want to perform configuration and management duties for their light switches, HVAC or security systems, nor do these systems require complex Internet-based applications to perform useful tasks automatically. Echelon's ISI technology allows a community of devices such as an energy management system and solar power monitoring system to communicate directly, with little or no consumer involvement and without using the Internet. ISI manages the connections so the devices recognize each other, find their own 'place' on the network and don't interfere with each other."

For example, a user may wish to create a community of devices in a building that includes light fixtures, switches and motion sensors. With ISI, the user can simply use physical push buttons on the devices themselves, virtual buttons on a centralized application, or automatic installation processes to connect, configure and control the devices, without the need for extensive training.

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