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November 9, 2009

Echelon unveils new smart energy manager

Openly connects systems and devices to enterprise software applications, service providers and smart grid

By CBR Staff Writer

Echelon has unveiled a new i.LON SmartServer 2.0, a smart energy manager that openly connects systems and devices to enterprise software applications, service providers, and the smart grid.

The company claims that the SmartServer is a tool for energy management and control in commercial buildings, distributed enterprises such as bank branches, chain stores and quick serve restaurants and street lighting.

Echelon said that SmartServer’s open platform is designed to connect to IP-based applications such as enterprise energy management offerings, demand response programs, streetlight management systems, and remote asset management programs. It is helpful to systems distributed over multiple locations, such as quick-service restaurants and banks.

According to Echelon, new features in the SmartServer 2.0 include, Enterprise Services 2.0, which uses new i.LON AdminServer for deployment from an enterprise server to multiple sites, and the new data log extractor for data log transfers from the SmartServer to an archive server. It also includes an Automatic Network Installation using i.LON AdminServer tool to automatically discover the network devices and install them.

In addition, it also features SmartServer Network Management 2.0, which uses the SmartServer 2.0 as a complete network management tool with new network overview web pages and integrated device configuration support. It can also be integrated with a LNS Server and can launch LNS plug-ins for manufacturer-specific device configuration for installing managed networks. i.LON Vision 2.0 creates custom SmartServer web pages faster with a new web publishing tool.

SmartServer 2.0 also secures SmartServer’s web pages through HTTPS/SSL; connect it to the internet with a 3G wireless modem; and read SmartServer system information through the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), the company said.

Bob Machlin, senior vice president of products at Echelon, said: “The SmartServer’s built-in I/O capabilities, flexible installation, and multiple connectivity options make it an essential infrastructure piece whether you’re creating a smart streetlight network, optimising energy use in branch offices, or upgrading a school facility.

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“It allows end-users to easily move to open automation systems and LonWorks networks, and connect to the most common legacy equipment and automation networks. Given the global drive toward better energy management, transparency, and efficiency, we see the role of the SmartServer as a pivotal one in any company’s long-term management and energy strategy.”

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