New automation standards are meant to make device-to-device communication easier using an open networking communication platform.
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and LonMark International partnered together to create the standards that address the concerns of interoperability in smart homes using IoT. They’re useful for users, developers, vendors and integrators of open building control systems.
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA): U.S. based industry association.
LonMark International: a global membership organization created to advance efficient and effective integration of open, multi-vendor control systems utilizing ISO/IEC 14908-1 and related standards.
The updated standards encompass a large array of building topics and definitions including, HVAC, Security, Room Automation, Energy Management and Fire and Smoke Control.
“Our intent is to offer to the market a very proven, well adopted approach to solving the Internet of Things (IoT) interoperability issue,” said Ron Bernstein, chief ambassador for LonMark International.
Bernstein says these device profiles can be de-coupled from the core ANSI/CEA-709.1 control network protocol and be implemented on any transport. This provides a unique opportunity for other standards development bodies to jumpstart their interoperability efforts. And that’s not all.
“We wanted to ensure that taking the LonMark documents through the CEA standards process would be exceptionally efficient. As the initial outpouring of interest indicates, the process worked quite well,” says Dave Wilson, VP of Technology and Standards at CEA.
CEA’s end goal is to provide application elements and support to define how different devices can interact, even when going through multiple vendors in the same system.
CEA says many new profiles and standards updates are already being planned for the future.