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Converged Controller Integrates a Wide Range of Applications - Echelon - Facility Management Product Release


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SmartServer 2.2 is a universal gateway and controller for multiple protocols including LON, BACnet and Modbus. The SmartServer 2.2 supports power line communication meshing which enhances outdoor lighting networks by maximizing the capacity of a single controller. As a result, fewer segment controllers are required. The ability to integrate a wide range of lighting, building and IoT devices at greater distances enables customers to expand the reach, scale and performance of their connected networks, as well as the ability to implement standalone networks.  

Enhanced connected networks give customers the flexibility to customize a mix of applications such as integrating parking lot lighting with building automation, creating sound masking, or interfacing between two or more emergency systems for improved safety. For example, a building’s intercom and call boxes can be integrated into the building automation infrastructure for a customized security system. In the event of an emergency evacuation, all doors can automatically unlock and the event can be immediately communicated internally to employees, and externally to first responders for a safe and rapid exit by building occupants.

Incorporating feedback from its customers, Echelon built the SmartServer 2.2 on open standards, allowing customers the flexibility to easily add Internet of Things applications and connect a wide range of devices for a more robust, integrated system. Performance enhancements reduce commissioning time and increase responsiveness of Web pages that interact with the converged controller. Peer-to-peer connection capability for all applications lets integrators use SmartServer 2.2 to create networks that provide rapid response to events. For example, lights in a parking garage can be programmed to automatically illuminate when a car triggers a motion sensor in that specific location. Versions of SmartServer 2.2 are available with support for the two most commonly used communications media for LON networks which are free topology (FT) twisted pair and power line (PL) carrier using existing power lines for communication.  All SmartServer versions also support Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP devices.  A driver is available from ConnectEx that adds support for BACnet MS/TP and BACnet/IP devices.  


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posted: 2/15/2017