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First certification testing for LonWorks Professionals answers industry demand for establishing a higher level of proficiency of individuals in the worldwide LON community

Santa Clara, CA—January 25, 2007—LonMark Americas (LMA), the North American affiliate of LonMark International (LMI) whose purpose is to promote the integration of open, multi-vendor control systems utilizing ANSI/CEA 709.1 and related standards, announced today the first LonMark® Certified Professional test designed to establish core competency and proficiency standards for the LON community will be held Wednesday, January 31, 2007, at the AHR Expo in Dallas, Texas.

The LonMark Certification Testing Program is a natural extension of the multiple requests from the industry to establish a competent, qualified team of professionals worldwide with the same standards of excellence.

The test is open to any industry professional involved in the design, specification, integration or installation of LON control networks. Those passing the test will be designated as a LonMark Certified Professional and be recognized as having the credentials associated with comprehensive LON technology knowledge. The test is designed for network integrators such as HVAC, lighting, security, building automation and controls engineers, consulting engineers, specifiers and facility managers.

CatNet Systems “There are many companies claiming to be experts in LON systems, but until now there was no practical way of establishing proficiency,” Ron Bernstein, Executive Director of LonMark International, said. “Specifying LonMark Certified products and LonMark Certified personnel to install them will ensure you get the best possible system and most highly qualified people working on the project.”

The LonMark Certified Professional exam is comprehensive covering 12 distinct subject areas, including: LonWorks® history and terminology, physical and logical network structuring, installation, communication, LonWorks and IP, and user interfaces. The Professional test is the first of several levels of certification that will be offered by LonMark. In the works are an installer level certification and an integrator certification for integration companies.

Test candidates must register online for the LonMark Certified Professional exam at www.lonmark.org/testing. The cost is $250 for LonMark members who pre-register at least one day prior to the test, and $300 per person for non-LonMark members and those that register onsite or within the 24 hour test window. For further information including test schedules and FAQs, and reference study material please visit www.lonmark.org.

About LonMark Americas
LonMark Americas is a regional membership organization was established to promote open, interoperable systems to a defined regional area which enables the much needed ability to address unique geographic, demographic, cultural and market requirements.

LonMark Americas became the first affiliate in LonMark International’s global strategic network, representing 130 members in the North, South and Latin America regions on October 20, 2004. Members of LonMark Americas include leading manufacturers, integrators and users of control systems in a variety of industries, including building automation, security, lighting, elevators, mass transit, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, consumer appliances, sun blinds, energy metering, construction, commercial real estate, and industrial automation.

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