LonMark Plans to Develop New Control Networking Standard for IIoT


LonMark International, together with Echelon Corp., the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Technical Committee TC-247,and LonMark Germany, announced intentions to create a new control networking standard for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The new LonTalk/IP standard adds native IP addressing to the international standard ISO/IEC 14908-1 Control Networking Protocol and is an essential element for control networking platforms which need connectivity to larger enterprise networks and the Internet. The new standard will make control networking applications to leverage standard IP infrastructure, IP diagnostic tools, and IP network administration tools.

Ron Bernstein, the Executive Director for LonMark International said, “The time is right for a new control networking standard for IP because the global market for control networking products is rapidly evolving for customers and industry as new mobile products, IoT devices, and IioT solutions rapidly enter the market. Some of the leading IioT solutions where the new standard will be deployed will be in building automation systems, lighting control systems, transportation automation systems, smart city applications, and utility metering systems.”

LonMark International has received the letter that Echelon sent to CEN TC-247. The letter stated its intent and idea to make specific intellectual property held by Echelon for control networking on IP networks available to developers of LON products on EN/ISO/ANSI RAND terms as needed by the related national and international standards bodies. Also, LonMark International and Echelon want to support the development of the new standard within EN TC-247, under the leadership of Professor of Applied Sciences at the University of Dortmund, Germany, Peter Fischer. He is also a convener of CEN TC-247.

The TC-247 committee met in Basil, Switzerland, and accepted Echelon’s intellectual property proposal. A preliminary draft of the new standard will be worked on by Fischer with the committee.

LonMark plans to bring the same standard through the ANSI/CTA standards body concurrently. The LonTalk/IP extension to the LON catalog of standards is projected to immensely improve the usability and deployment of larger systems and give an open control networking solution for the IIoT.

For 22 years now, LonMark International has become a primary driving force in the establishment of interoperable guidelines and is committed to educating the market on the value of open, interoperable systems by providing tools, resources, and support for its members and their markets. It has international affiliates with local presence in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.