Echelon Partners with California Lighting Technology Center to Optimize Building Energy Efficiency

The Research Initiative Is Part of the California Energy Commission's Electric Program Investment Charge that Fosters Innovation in Clean Energy Technology and Strategies

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"When critical building elements are talking to each other and working together in unison, you can generate efficiencies from both an operational and energy perspective"

SANTA CLARA, Calif., — Internet of Things pioneer Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) is partnering with the University of California, Davis California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) to develop advancements in building energy efficiency. Echelon is a participant on the CLTC’s Technical Advisory Committee to share its expertise on intelligent lighting and building automation solutions to help optimize efficiency through a single, unified platform. This research initiative is part of the California Energy Commission's Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) that fosters clean energy research and development projects.

The CLTC is working with its affiliates like Echelon to develop an integrated building control strategy that will not only produce energy savings, but will deliver an improved visual and thermal environment for commercial building occupants. To date, few research efforts have accounted for the interdependence of lighting, window layout and HVAC systems. These components must all be considered for an integrated approach to optimize whole building energy-efficiency. Adoption of such an integrated system could save 20-30% of the electricity that would typically be used to light and cool buildings. 

“When critical building elements are talking to each other and working together in unison, you can generate efficiencies from both an operational and energy perspective,” said Sohrab Modi, Chief Technology Officer, Echelon. “Integration is the key that enables businesses, organizations and institutions to create smart buildings and benefit from the energy savings, as well as a more comfortable environment. The work of the CLTC is using technology in innovative ways to advance energy saving practices, and we’re honored that they’ve included us in their promising initiative.” 

Echelon is bringing its long-standing history in developing protocols and communication and control solutions, as well as its next generation architectures for multi-application IIoT networks, to benefit the CLTC research initiative. Its portfolio of innovative technologies and enhanced convergence solutions address the growing need of facilities managers to control and manage all of their devices and sensors on one industry standard platform, and monitor it all from a single dashboard. The Echelon technology includes building blocks such as its converged controller and LumInsight® BACnet gateway® for building automation, lighting controls and Internet of Things applications, as well as multi-protocol systems-on-a-chip that help speed devices to market. The Echelon portfolio supports a wide range of lighting and building communications including LON® and LonTalk/IP, BACnet, Modbus, DALI and more for a broad selection of devices that can be easily integrated into, and managed by one user interface. 

Part of the University of California, Davis, the CLTC is a not-for-profit research, development and demonstration facility dedicated to accelerating the development and commercialization of next-generation, energy-efficient lighting and daylighting technologies. The center includes full-scale laboratories for research and development, as well as prototype and product testing. Long-term funding for the work done at CLTC is provided by private and public agencies, including CLTC affiliates such as Echelon.

About Echelon Corporation
For 25 years Echelon (NASDAQ:ELON) has pioneered the development of open-standard networking platforms for connecting, monitoring and controlling devices in commercial and industrial applications. With more than 110 million devices installed worldwide, Echelon’s proven, scalable solutions host a range of applications enabling customers to reduce energy and operational costs, improve safety and comfort, and create efficiencies through optimizing physical systems. Echelon is focusing today on two IoT (Internet of Things) market areas: Creating smart cities and smart enterprises through connected outdoor lighting systems, and enabling device makers to bring connected products to market faster via a range of IoT-optimized embedded systems. More information about Echelon can be found at 


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