Our decisions and actions this past year helped propel the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to the level of general awareness, while positioning Echelon to enjoy a happy 2015.
Here are a few highlights from last year:
Partnerships and More
- We greatly expanded our presence in outdoor lighting with the acquisition of Lumewave Inc., an established outdoor lighting control system provider with a strong track record in the U.S.
- Echelon signed a major distribution agreement with Digi-Key, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability, and delivery. Digi-Key is now distributing our portfolio of products—chips, modules, routers, and software—worldwide (except Japan) for the IIoT market.
- We sold our grid operations to S&T AG, a publicly traded European IT systems provider with an existing focus on smart energy products and services. The sale lets us focus all our resources on becoming a key enabler in the IIoT.
- We introduced and demonstrated the building industry’s first multiprotocol system-on-chip (SoC), the FT 6050 system—part of Echelon’s IzoT™ platform for the IIoT. This single-chip provides reliable, cost-effective, flexible wired IP-based connectivity for communities of devices, designed to speed migration from legacy control networks to the IIoT.
- We also introduced our FT 6000 Evaluation and Development Kit (EVK), aimed at developers who are creating, testing, and deploying devices and control applications for the IIoT.
- We hosted demonstrations of our advanced lighting control technologies, including ‘follow-me,’ or adaptive, outdoor lighting solutions.
- In conjunction with Xicato, we demonstrated a proof of concept (PoC) for Lighting 2.0: the convergence of networking, building automation, and lighting technologies.
- We made 8 million additional IIoT connections in 2014, based on our chip sales.
- Sohrab Modi joined Echelon as our chief technology officer (CTO), replacing the recently retired Robert Dolin. Sohrab previously held technology vice president positions with Huawei, Sun Microsystems, and Novell.
- With the acquisition of Lumewave, we welcomed Mark Keating, Lumewave’s former chief executive, as our new director of product management.
- Echelon CEO and Chairman Ron Sege was named to the advisory board of McRock Capital, a venture firm that invests exclusively in IIoT companies.
- Ron Sege was also inducted into the Junior Achievement (JA) of Northern California Business Hall of Fame.
- Echelon exhibited and demonstrated at major industry shows, including Light + Building in Germany; LIGHTFAIR International in Las Vegas; Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition in China; AHR Expo in New York; and embedded world Conference and Exhibition in Germany.
- Echelon representatives spoke at a number of conferences during 2014, including the Internet of Things Global Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.; the inaugural Internet of Things Developers Conference (IoT DevCon) in Santa Clara, California; the Connected Cloud Summit IoT Forum in Boston; the IHS Industrial Automation Conference in London; IBcon (Intelligent Buildings Conference) in Las Vegas; TiEcon in Silicon Valley, California; the McRock IIoT Symposium in Montreal; Mobility 2014 in Paris; and CeBIT in Hannover, Germany.
- In keeping with Echelon’s single-minded focus on the IIoT, we rebranded Echelon and launched a new website in October. The effort was led by Wendy Toth, Echelon’s chief marketing officer.
- We initiated an ongoing segment of the Echelon blog called ‘IIoT Talks,’ wide-ranging Q&A-style conversations between industry luminaries and Echelon about the IIoT market. IIoT Talks participants in 2014 included Chris Rommel, executive vice president of the market intelligence firm VDC Research; Patrick Moorhead, founder, president & principal analyst, and Paul Teich, CTO and senior analyst, of Moor Insights & Strategy; Scott MacDonald, co-founder of McRock Capital; Loring Wirbel, senior analyst at The Linley Group and senior editor of Networking Report; Bill Morelli, associate director of M2M and IoT at IHS Technology; Jeffrey Kaplan, managing director of the strategic consulting company THINKstrategies; Jesse Foote, senior research analyst for the market research firm Navigant Research; Menko Deroos, CEO and co-founder of the innovative lighting company Xicato; and David Stephenson, a leading IoT strategist.
- For some of the IIoT Talks conversations, Echelon CEO Ron Sege builds on the questions and answers by providing his own commentary, insight, advice, and other thoughts in an IIoT Talks Dialogue series.
- Echelon executives had by-lined articles, opinion pieces, and guest blog posts published in a wide range of high-quality industry and technical publications, including EETimes, Embedded.com, Lux Review, Photonics, Consulting Specifying Engineer, Design News, Control Engineering, the Industrial Ethernet Book, LonWorks magazine, Embedded Computing Design, and Automated Buildings.
- Echelon sponsored and participated in a number of well-attended webinars during the year, focusing primarily on outdoor lighting.
Clearly, it was a busy and productive year for Echelon. We look forward to 2015 invigorated, focused, and excited about building upon our 25 years of control networking leadership to help shape the exciting world of the IIoT.
And we wish you all an equally rewarding and successful year ahead.