LonMark International, San Jose, Calif., released a new version of Interoperability Guidelines -- Version 3.4 -- that includes support for self-installed devices and networks in industrial automation and other machine-to-machine applications as well as consumer products. The guidelines provide manufacturers with details on how to design open and interoperable products based on the organization's networking platform.

LonMark, an organization of equipment manufacturers, end-users, equipment specifiers and system integrators, publishes a protocol for open, interoperable products. Almost 700 products have been tested and certified as compliant to the company's interoperability guidelines.

The new guidelines were produced to work with other standard organizations around the world to make it easier for the program to be in sync with those submitted to different standards organizations.

“The release of Version 3.4 of the Interoperability Guidelines brings us one step closer to the world of plug-and-play connectivity,” said Barry Haaser, executive director of LonMark International. “As an open-system standard for open device networking and M2M, the LonMark guidelines will give manufacturers the tools they need to deliver a new generation of easy-to-use products for factories, buildings, homes, transportation systems and other environments.”

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