AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - LonMark International announced the winners of its Best of the Year Awards at LonWorld 2007.

According to Ron Bernstein, executive director of LonMark International, the awards recognize the “people and solutions that make the transition to complete plug-and-play interoperability possible.” Award categories include Best Multi-vendor Project, LonMark Certified Device, Infrastructure Product, Software, Industry Initiative, and Visionary.

The annual awards program received 34 nominations in the six different categories from companies around the world.

The Best Multi-vendor Project award goes to an open solution consisting of products from many manufacturers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was presented the award for its efforts in researching and designing one of the most comprehensive open control systems based on LON® technology. The complete system covers a running total of 37 buildings and manages and controls water, HVAC, and metering.

The LonMark Certified Device of the Year was presented to Somfy GmbH in recognition of its Animeo LON 4AC Motor Controller. The unit controls sun blinds, shutters, awning, and windows to manage indoor climates, utilizing daylight and sun energy to light and warm rooms.

LonMark presented Echelon the Infrastructure Product of the Year in honor of its i.LON 100 SmartServer, newly designed this year. The i.LON 100 combines routing and Internet services with graphic capabilities provided by Adobe®, to monitor and manage almost any electronic device, and offers energy-conservation advantages.

4HomeMedia, developer of ControlPoint, was the winner of this year’s Software award. The intelligent software is used to provide control applications and services for the connected home.

In the category of Industry Initiative of the Year, the winner was Constellation Energy’s New Energy Alliance, an initiative to bring leaders in building automation together with the energy supply and distribution market to tackle the issues and opportunities of demand response.

Finally, Tracy Markie, co-founder and president of Engenuity Systems and a pioneer of LON technology and open systems, was presented with the Visionary award.

“The quality and quantity of the nominations was outstanding this year,” noted Bernstein. “With so many noteworthy projects and products it is difficult to single out just one winner in each category.”

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Publication date:11/26/2007