Lemonbeat has become a member of EEBus Initiative, the European technology association for the Internet of Things (IoT) with its headquarters in Cologne. The company intends to bring its know-how in the areas of radio and battery operation to the EEBUS technology concept. Lemonbeat has developed a comprehensive modular software construction system for the IoT which equips devices with their own 'intelligence'.
For instance, with the 'Lemonbeat smart Device Language' (LsDL), devices can interact with one another independently of any central control. This makes IoT installations more reliable. Only relevant data, such as data required for monitoring and analysis purposes, are forwarded centrally, for instance to the Cloud. One of its special features is the patented, energy-saving sub-GHz radio technology 'Lemonbeat Radio'. It makes high bandwidths possible at wider ranges, is securely encrypted and is suitable for applications in local networks where conventional standards reach their limits. The first areas of application are in the areas of smart home, smart garden and also, due to Lemonbeat’s cooperation with Phoenix Contact, in the area of automation of commercial buildings. One further area of application is smart metering.
EEBUS brings together significant players in the energy, telecommunications, electronics and automotive industries. Together with members, the initiative is developing the open EEBUS standard, which is particularly well suited to equipment communication for the purpose of efficient energy usage. EEBus cooperates with other leading associations such as the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) and the Thread Group.
The SPINE technology concept developed by EEBUS (Smart Premises Interoperable Neutral-message Exchange) makes communication between the solutions offered by various different operators in the industry possible. SPINE is technology-neutral, similarly to LsDL, and is based on the mark-up language XML. Both solutions use internet standards such as TCP/IP or UDP. This means that in principle all physical transmission platforms which support these standards are possible.
“We are pleased to welcome Lemonbeat as a new member of the EEBus Initiative,” said Josef Baumeister, Managing Director of EEBus Initiative in response to the company’s arrival. “In Lemonbeat, an innovative company has joined us, which has competencies in particular in the areas of encrypted Low-Power communication, and localised device intelligence, and will use EEBUS in this field for interesting applications.”
“Intelligence in the Internet of Things is moving further in the direction of terminals,” added Oliver van der Mond, Managing Director of Lemonbeat. “In terms of technology, SPINE and Lemonbeat are very similar to one another. Where Lemonbeat extends the concept to include local intelligence, SPINE defines specific 'use cases' discussed by members. Within our membership we see a great opportunity to combine benefits from both worlds. Building automation, for instance, cannot manage without intelligence. With its technology, Lemonbeat offers a completely new “Eco-system”. This will also benefit the other members of EEBUS, as it will open up quite new possibilities for their products and solutions.”