From the beginning, LonMark branding has been about differentiating products built in the spirit of interoperability from others: about separating the wheat from the chaff. In this vein, defining new rules and a structure for interoperation allowed for competing manufacturers to sit down at a neutral table and design for the betterment of their industry. Though a monumental task, it was fueled by the desire to grow the market from a level playing field—irrespective of company size and market dominance.
“LonMark Task Groups” were formed to allow experts to focus on the vertical markets for which they could contribute the most: building automation, lighting, security, homes, transportation; right down to specific applications like sunblind control. It was the goal of the groups to accomplish interoperability by profiling the interfaces to a device’s functions at the exchange level—leaving the definition of algorithms and processes to each manufacturer. The result: “functional profiles” that allow for modular implementation with the assurance of being able to connect data points in a logical, meaningful way regardless of manufacturer.