CEA and LonMark International get ANSI approval on new IoT standards
The Consumer Electronics Association and LonMark International received approval from the American National Standards Institute for two new standards for home and building automation. Those standards—ANSI/CEA-709.5, “Control Networking Protocol Specification Part 5: Implementation-Application-Layer Guidelines,” and ANSI/CEA-709.6, “Control Networking Protocol Specification Part 6: Application Elements”—are focused on the interoperability of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and provide a “complete model for implementing device-to-device and device-to-application communication interoperability,” CEA explained in a statement.
According to CEA, the new standards provide multiple parties, including users, developers, vendors, integrators, and specifiers of open building control systems, a mechanism to develop and deliver a higher level of interoperability using and open control networking communications platform.
“Having these standards approved by ANSI meets a key requirement for many organizations, including the Army Corps of Engineers,” Ron Bernstein, chief ambassador, LonMark International, said in a statement. “Working together, CEA and LonMark aim to help ensure a broader level of adoption of IoT-based interoperability. These standards provide a foundation for interoperable devices across multiple platforms, multiple protocols and market sectors.”
Here’s a little more background on each of the standards:
- ANSI/CEA-709.5 Implementation guidelines. This standard will help define the application layer requirements for interoperable devices and how they share key information, status, and data across an open control network, CEA explained. This standard “significantly improves” the system installation time and integration of typical home and building systems by defining units, range and resolution, configuration, and enumeration requirements along with device self-documentation information within the standard. Further, the standard gives other transports the option of adopting a common application layer element description library.
- ANSI/CEA-709.6 Application Elements. This standard builds upon the former (709.5 above) by providing a catalog of more than 100 common device profiles with more than 380 specific implementation options. The profiles define the mandatory and optional design requirements for standard data variables, standard configuration properties, enumeration types, and standard interface file requirements. The devices library includes definitions for a “broad collection of devices” for HVAC, indoor and outdoor lighting, security, access, metering, energy management, fire and smoke control, gateways, commercial and industrial I/O, gas detection, generators, room automation, renewable energy, utility, automated food service, semiconductor fabrication, transportation, home appliances, and more.
“We are very pleased to have worked with LonMark International to bring these important new IoT standards to the market,” Dave Wilson, vice president, technology and standards, CEA, said in the statement. “As the IoT marketplace expands, having device-level interoperability that is protocol- and platform-independent is an important piece of the puzzle. These two new ANSI/CEA standards will help drive a new level of interoperability into the home and building automation sector with applicability to many other sectors including smart outdoor lighting, smart cities and the smart grid.”