Industrial Internet of Things for IdIoTs #Internet_OfDecember 2, 2018
The company’s LONworks chips pretty much defined device networking for a generation of developers, and LONworks chips appear in more than 100 million devices, including traffic lights, railroad boxcars, and innumerable HVAC units, according to Echelon.
It’s faster, it’s more capable, and for the first time it uses the familiar Internet Protocol (IP) for its transport layer.
What IzoT retained was LONworks’ laissez-faire attitude toward network cabling.
You remember multi-drop: that’s where you run a single network cable across the building and use vampire taps along it.
With Echelon’s IzoT, you can cable everything up just about any way you please, from a single multi-drop line that everyone taps into, to a ring, to a random drunkard’s walk across the shop floor.
Echelon has been battling BACnet (building automation and control network) for years, as a competitor to LONworks.
Echelon’s new IzoT chips will work over BACnet networks just as well as their native protocol.
While 64KB of RAM doesn’t seem like much, how much code does a traffic light really need?
It should be a simple matter to dedicate one or more additional Neuron processors to the task, and firmware updates could keep the chips safe for years to come.
Echelon’s IzoT, like LONworks before it, is intended to network things that control, not things that process data.
For some individuals, the idea of a future where many, if not all, of our devices and personal items are connected to one another as well as to us, is a terrifying thought. The potential opportunities for companies to take advantage of our data, and hackers to infiltrate our networks could plausibly grow at the same rate as the number of items it will be possible to connect, that is, if legislation and security frameworks…