More network standards: LonWorks gains ISO/IEC recognition

With ISO/IEC recognition, the way is paved for other standards bodies to expand LonWorks networking technology for energy management systems. It provides additional assurance that LonWorks meets the highest level of technical certification.
By Control Engineering Staff January 14, 2009

San Jose, CALonMark International , a non-profit, member-driven standards development and industry trade association supporting the LonWorks control-networking technologies announced that the voting members of the Joint Technical Committee (JTC 1) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have formally approved LonWorks control networking technology as ISO/IEC 14908, Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4. The standard set includes four parts: core protocol; the twisted-pair, free-topology-wiring transfer medium; the powerline transfer medium, and the use of the Internet Protocol (IP) as a tunneling transfer medium.
First introduced in 1990, the LonWorks control networking technology is said to be a worldwide-embraced technology for control communications and has held European, American, and Chinese national standards designations for several years.Now ISO/IEC have approved the standard to the highest level of international standards recognition. While LonWorks is also used in many other markets, such as outdoor lighting, transportation, utility, process control, and home automation, the majority of the over 100 million installed devices have been installed in or around buildings projects.
C.G. Masi , senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk
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