Schneider Electric is transitioning its LonWorks-based MircoNet Series of controllers from the Echelon FT 3150 to the FT 5000 smart transceiver. These products include Schneider’s variable-air-volume, unitary, and fan-coil-unit application-specific controllers for commercial building-management systems, including the company’s TAC I/A Series and SmartStruxure solution.

“Coordinated control across all facility systems can provide up to 30 percent reduction in overall energy usage, achieving significant cost reductions in operation and maintenance of facilities,’ said Ralph Box, director, HVAC, Schneider Electric. “We have used Echelon technology in several of our products to add LonWorks-based control networking capabilities. Migrating to the FT 5000 smart transceiver allows us to offer our customers the latest interoperable control networking technology with simplified credit-free installation.”

“Schneider Electric's choice to update its products with the FT 5000 is a testament to the proven performance of Echelon's technology and to the open extensibility of the ISO 14908 LonWorks standard,” said Anders Axelsson, senior vice president, Strategic Accounts & Business Development, Echelon. “The real winners are the customers that will have a robust ecosystem of easy-to-install and easy-to-integrate building automation systems.”

Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries. For more information visit www.schneider-electric.com/company.

Echelon Corporation is an energy-control networking company that offers open standard, multi-application-platform products. For more information, visit www.echelon.com.