– Barry Haaser and Ken
Barry Haaser, Executive Director, LonMark International
LonMark International and the Connection Community
Empowering Intelligent Energy Solutions
Sinclair: Tell us about the LonMark Connection Community.
LonMark community has been supporting the world of interoperable
control systems for nearly 20 years. Founded in 1994, LonMark
International is well known for enabling open, interoperable solutions
based on LonWorks technology.
Sinclair: What’s new in the community?
are several new things to talk about in the community. Most
people are unaware that the LonWorks technology platform is an
international standard known as ISO/IEC 14908-X. There are several
parts of this standard, including the protocol and various media types,
like twisted pair, power line, fiber optic, coaxial cable, etc.
Another big development this year involves the abolition of device
credits for installing devices using LNS-based network management
tools. Known as OpenLNS, this new platform eliminates a point of
contention for many system integrators and installers.
LonMark International has created the LonMark Ambassador Program in an
effort to help promote the LonMark message to a broader, worldwide
market using local experienced and trained representatives. LonMark
Ambassadors are authorized personnel equipped with the skills and tools
necessary to deliver the common LonMark message, support local events
and activities, and help LonMark grow worldwide.
Finally, the LonMark certification programs expanded recently. We’ve
certified over 500 professionals worldwide and expanded the number of
testing centers to 500 in North America.
Sinclair: How has the community changed over the past few years?
is interesting to look back at the make-up of the LonMark community. It
started as a group of manufacturers providing interoperable solutions.
As more and more products came to market, the community changed and
became more integrator focused. More recently we’ve started seeing more
end-users join. They are interested in driving multi-vendor
interoperability and improved energy efficiency within their
Sinclair: Can you give us some examples of end-user involvement?
key end-users come to mind. First is the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Frustrated with the limitations and expenses associated with
proprietary systems they published a completely open industry
specification. This specification has been copied by a number of
entities as a model for enabling open systems and interoperable
Another important end-user is McDonald’s Corporation with their
networked kitchen initiative. Focused initially on enabling
connectivity between islands of automation in the kitchen, McDonald’s
has embraced the open systems model to include building automation as
well. All leveraging a common network architecture.
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