Raising home/building IQs for fun and profit

Wed, 10/18/2000 - 8:00pm

Sun Microsystems, Echelon deal allows service providers to offer "smart" home/building controls via Internet.

Soon business owners will be able to log onto the Internet and adjust the thermostat of a building or turn off lights with a new "smart" technology created by Sun Microsystems and Echelon Corp.. The two companies are partnering to connect residential and commercial service providers to everyday devices via the Internet, finalizing a preliminary agreement announced in May.

The companies plan to deploy an Internet automation solution using Echelon's i.LON Internet server and Sun's Java technology services. LonWorks technology enables everyday devices such as light switches, appliances, thermostats, air conditioners, pumps, motors, and valves to be made "smart" and to communicate with each other and across the Internet.

By embedding JES technology into future i.LON servers, Echelon will enable the delivery of Java technology-based services to any of these everyday devices, allowing service providers and businesses to use information gathered from devices embedded in their buildings and plants.


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