Echelon Simplifies Installation of LonWorks Based Building Automation Systems

Echelon Simplifies Installation of LonWorks Based Building Automation Systems

Echelon FT 5000 Smart Transceiver with Credit Free Installation chosen by
Schneider Electric for their MNL Series Building Automation Products

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 30, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:
ELON), the world's leading energy control networking solution provider, today
announced that its customer, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in
energy management, is transitioning its Lon based MircoNet Series of
controllers from the Echelon FT 3150 to the Echelon FT 5000 smart transceiver.
These products include VAV, Unitary, and Fan Coil Unit application specific
controllers. These controllers are used in Schneider's industry-leading
building management systems for commercial buildings, including TAC I/A Series
and SmartStruxure solution.

Commercial buildings consume roughly 23% of all electricity globally. Leading
building automation providers such as Schneider Electric claim that with the
right system, building owners can significantly reduce heating, ventilation,
and air conditioning (HVAC) costs without compromising safety or comfort.
Given the attractive return on investment associated with building energy
management, Pike Research, a leading energy consultancy, estimates that the
market for commercial building automation systems will double over the next
decade, increasing from $72.5 billion in 2011 to $146.4 billion by 2021.

Over the years, the scope of building systems has increased to encompass
virtually any device or data source within the building. Schneider Electric's
Lon based MicroNet series of programmable controllers comply with the ISO
14908 standard, also called LonWorks^®. This allows Schneider Electric's
customers to easily extend their control system with LonWorks compatible
devices from other manufacturers, and allows the company and its integration
partners to customize the control system to meet project specific

"Coordinated control across all facility systems can provide up to 30%
reduction in overall energy usage, achieving significant cost reductions in
operation and maintenance of facilities," said Ralph Box, Director, HVAC at
Schneider Electric. "We have used Echelon technology in several of our
products to add LonWorks-based control networking capabilities. Migrating to
the FT 5000 smart transceiver allows us to offer our customers the latest
interoperable control networking technology with simplified credit-free

"Schneider Electric's choice to update its products with the FT 5000 is a
testament to the proven performance of Echelon's technology and to the open
extensibility of the ISO 14908 LonWorks standard," said Anders Axelsson,
senior vice president, Strategic Accounts & Business Development at Echelon.
"The real winners are the customers that will have a robust ecosystem of easy
to install and easy to integrate building automation systems."

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100
countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple
market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities &
Infrastructures, Industries & Machine manufacturers, Non-residential
buildings, Data centers & Networks, and in Residential. Focused on making
energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 130,000
plus employees achieved sales of 22.4 billion euros in 2011, through an active
commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their

About Echelon Corporation
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) is an energy control networking company,
with the world's most widely deployed proven, open standard, multi-application
platform, selling complete systems and embedded sub-systems for smart grid,
smart city and smart building applications. Our platform is embedded in more
than 100 million devices, 35 million homes, and 300,000 buildings and powers
energy savings applications for smart grids, smart cities and smart buildings.
We help our customers reduce operational costs, enhance satisfaction and
safety, grow revenues and prepare for a dynamic future. More information about
Echelon can be foundat

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or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective

This press release may contain statements relating to future plans, events or
performance. Such statements may involve risks and uncertainties, including
risks associated with market acceptance of Echelon's technology by itself or
combined with other applications or offerings, including offerings by
Schneider the risk that Echelon's offerings by themselves or combined with
other applications or offerings do not perform as designed or do not offer the
expected benefits and savings; risks associated with international sales; the
timing of orders and the possibility that pilot orders may not expand into
full deployments; 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.

Colleen Martell
+1 (408) 832-0147

SOURCE Echelon Corporation

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