Energy Conservation a Key Issue at “Green Games”
July 16, 2008 - Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) today announced that the Olympic Village in Beijing is using Echelon’s LonWorks® technology to create an energy efficiency lighting control system. Lighting typically consumes as much as a third of the electricity used in a building, making it a prime target for energy efficiency for the Olympic Village during the Games. The smart LonWorks based control system integrates all lighting subsystems to optimize energy usage while maintaining a safe and aesthetically pleasing environment for the athletes – contributing to the government’s pledge to stage a “green Olympics.”
Beijing is committed to reducing energy and water consumption per unit of GDP by five percent this year as part of a push for a ‘recycling economy’ in time for the Olympics.
“Only LonWorks technology was able to fulfill the unique needs of this project,” said Vincent Wang, General Manager, of Lang Meng Technology, Inc. “There are a vast numbers of devices scattered across a large area, serving the many needs of the Village from beautification, to safety, to energy efficiency. It is extremely important to China that the Village be seen positively by the tens of millions of viewers that will be watching the Olympics on television. Because the LonWorks products from our various suppliers integrate easily, we were able install and configure the project in less than two months, helping to ensure that the Olympic Village will open on schedule.”
Echelon’s LonWorks control technology is incorporated in the Chinese national standard for building automation, intelligent residential community construction, and in the national standard for control applications.
The Olympic Village is the largest non-competition venue in Beijing, and will accommodate over 23,000 athletes and team officials for both the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Village has over 370,000 square meters of apartment space, including 22 six-floor buildings and 20 nine-floor buildings, and facilities such as general information centers, meeting rooms, medical clinics, religious centers, multiple restaurants, a library, parking areas, and entertainment and leisure activity centers.
The smart lighting control system integrates lighting subsystems for the apartments, public areas, car park areas, and all landscape and beautification lighting. In addition to increased energy efficiency and safety, the system is designed to enhance the beauty of the Village by illuminating architectural details on the buildings and entry arches into the Village, as well as various landscape features such as water fountains.
“Beijing is making substantial, if not historic, efforts to produce the first ‘green Games’ that impact not only the Olympic venues, but the entire country,” said Anders Axelsson, Echelon’s senior vice-president of marketing. “The Olympic Village is essentially a city within a city and a great example of how Echelon and its partners can bring solutions that can enhance the quality of life in a city while at the same time making it more energy efficient.”
About the Solution
The advanced lighting control system was installed by Lang Meng Technology, Inc., a technology firm providing smart home and lighting control solutions based on LonWorks technology.
The solution uses LonWorks enabled power controllers and analog input modules from Nico Technology to control the lighting system, and to monitor output status. Echelon’s LNS® network management software was used to design and install the network, and Echelon’s i.LON® Internet Servers automatically turn on or off lights based on pre-programmed scheduling functions. The i.LON servers interface with Advantech Industrial Automation Group’s WebAccess HMI, which can be used to monitor and control the system from the property management center.
About Lang Meng Technology, Inc.
Lang Meng Technology Inc. is a control system integrator based in Beijing, China. The company provides home automation systems, lighting control and energy management solutions based on LonWorks open systems and LonMark certified products. Lang Meng Technology Inc. has built up a wealth of experience and best practice expertise in designing, integrating, delivering and supporting solutions using LonWorks technology.
More information about Lang Meng Technology Inc. can be found at http://www.lonmars.com.
About Echelon Corporation
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON) is a networking company that provides products and systems that can monitor and save energy; lower costs; improve productivity; and enhance service, quality, safety, and convenience by connecting everyday devices in utility, buildings, industrial, transportation, and home control systems. Tens of millions of smart devices based on Echelon’s LonWorks products and Networked Energy Services (NES) systems are used around the world today, bringing benefits to consumers and industry. This year, Echelon and LonWorks technology celebrate its 20th anniversary.
More information about Echelon can be found at http://www.echelon.com.
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This press release may contain statements relating to future plans, events or performance, including those relating to the use of LonWorks technology and Echelon products in the lighting control system in the Beijing Olympic Village and elsewhere. Such statements may involve risks and uncertainties, including risks that these products do not perform as designed, and do not deliver the anticipated energy savings or are not as cost effective as expected; risks associated with market acceptance of Echelon’s products and the growth of the energy and controls market and the LonWorks industry, in general; and other risks identified in Echelon's SEC filings. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Echelon undertakes no obligation to release publicly the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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