Echelon Partners with ITOCHU and Mitsui on Street Lighting Control System Pilots in Japan

  Echelon Partners with ITOCHU and Mitsui on Street Lighting Control System
                               Pilots in Japan

New Pilots in Tsukuba, Higashi Matsushima, and Hiroshima Demonstrate Growing

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 29, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:
ELON) today announced that building on the successful demonstration of
intelligent street lighting control in the Japanese technology city of Tsukuba
in 2011, several leading Japanese cities are now piloting street lighting
management systems based on technology from Echelon. The systems being piloted
are built on the open ISO/IEC 14908 standard and implemented using Echelon's
Power Line Communications (PLC) transceivers and segment controllers. Echelon
partner ITOCHU Corporation has installed the second phase in the city of
Tsukuba. It was accomplished in cooperation with major Japanese lighting
device manufacturers, Panasonic and Toshiba.

ITOCHU, as Echelon's master distributor in Japan, also collaborated with a new
market entrant, Mitsui & Company for two pilot sites. Mitsui has installed the
systems in the city of Higashi Matsushima, part of the earthquake damaged
region of Tohoku, and at the campus of Hiroshima City University in the city
of Hiroshima. The ISO 14908 based solution being deployed supports a variety
of luminaires ranging from LEDs from Toshiba and GE to Ceramic Metal Halide
lights from GS Yuasa. Relative to just using high-efficiency lamps, street
light management systems further lower energy use and reduce the cost of
operating the street light infrastructure. ITOCHU has successfully developed
those lighting device manufacturers with Echelon's new CPD3000 Outdoor
Lighting Controllers.

In Hiroshima, where rising Japanese electricity prices now make it comparable
to high cost Asia-Pacific locations like Australia and the Philippines, the
change-out of High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamps to dimmable LEDs, is lowering
per lamp electricity consumption by more than 50% or nearly 120Kg of CO2 per
year, and is expected to save approximately $240/year. The use of the control
system to set dimming schedules based on weather and traffic patterns delivers
20% to 30% of the savings relative to just shifting from HPS to LED.
Additionally, all the pilots involve the monitoring of lamps from a
centralized city location so that failures can be identified and responded to
quickly, thereby increasing public safety while reducing maintenance costs.

"In addition to reducing energy costs and maintenance costs, the use of a
standards-based control system allows the cities to manage life cycle
procurement costs by providing them with a choice of luminaires, an expense
that is often more than 80% of the cost of the project," said Varun Nagaraj,
Senior Vice President at Echelon Corporation. "We are excited to be partnering
with ITOCHU and Mitsui – two of Japan's leading solution providers – and look
forward to larger roll-outs across these cities over the next few years."

About Echelon Corporation

Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) is the world's leading open standard energy
control networking company. Echelon technologies connect more than 35 million
homes, 300,000 buildings and 100 million devices to the smart grid, and help
customers save 20% or more on their energy usage. With more than 20 years of
experience in energy control, Echelon delivers a wide range of innovative
solutions to commercial and electric utility customers. More information about
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