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Development of an interoperable platform technology for safety related data transfer and secure communication in local operating networks

Objective

The Local Operating Network (LON) technology is one of the worldwide most common network solutions for automation control in buildings. The technology, described in the standards ANSI/EIA-709 and prEN14908 is based on a non-proprietary interoperable fieldbus system, which is currently implemented in a large percentage of all train-stations, airports, hospitals, office towers, and other buildings of public interest.

Recent political and technical developments have increased the need to establish a technology for safety related and secure data communication with automation systems. A new international standard IEC 61508 has been implemented that defines the requirements for functional safety related applications of programmable electronic systems. A feasibility study has shown that safety features can be directly integrated into already existing LON communication structures by developing a safety chip and adapting the respective tools to control a safety network. At the moment all solutions require the installation of additional communication lines, causing extra costs that usually are prohibitive for carrying out such a project.


Despite the need for the integration of this safety feature and the potential impact on society and building automation the development and integration of the safety concept cannot be pursued without collective research efforts. The LON-community is formed mainly by SMEs. The development of a non-proprietary and interoperable platform technology to incorporate the safety feature is beyond the capabilities of single enterprises and the goal can only be achieved by mobilising the respective synergies. The European LON user community is organised in national IAGs. Within SAFETYLON the national user organisations of Germany, Sweden and Poland are coordinating their activities and consequently guarantee a direct distribution of the RTD results to all European LON technology and application providers.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/system software/operating systems
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/application software
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-2
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Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

LON NUTZER ORGANISATION E.V.
Address
Theaterstraße 74
Aachen
Germany

Participants (16)

AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA W KRAKOWIE
Poland
Address
Al. Meckiewicza 30
Krakow
APICE SRL
Italy
Address
Via G.b. Vico 45B
Empoli
CANDELUX SA
Switzerland
Address
Ch. Des Maladiéres 22
Bevaix
FACHHOCHSCHULE DORTMUND
Germany
Address
Sonnenstraße 96
Dortmund
IBT INGENIEURBUERO BROENNIMANN THUN
Switzerland
Address
Kasernestrasse 5
Thun
INNOTEC GMBH
Germany
Address
Heinrich-wildung-weg 3
Rosengarten
INTRON ENGINEERING, MIKROELEKTRONIK UND SYSTEMENTWICKLUNG GMBH & CO KG
Germany
Address
Rurstraße 8-10
Erkelenz
JURGEN FLEISCHMANN
Germany
Address
Gaildorfer Straße 15
Backnang
LON USER SWEDEN
Sweden
Address
Snöhöjdsbacken 13
Mölndal
LOYTEC ELECTRONICS GMBH
Austria
Address
Stolzenthalergasse 24/3
Vienna
NEWRON SYSTEM SA
France
Address
25 Blvd. Victro Hugo
Colomiers
NODEX AB
Sweden
Address
Fagelviksvägen 18 - 20
Norsborg
POLSKA GRUPA UZYTKOWNIKOW TECHNOLOGII LONWORKS "PLUG"
Poland
Address
Ul. J. Lea 116, Lok. 67
Krakow
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
Address
Gusshausstrasse 27-29/384
Vienna
WHO INGENIEURDESELLSCHAFT MBH
Germany
Address
Schwertfegerstr. 27
Lübeck
ZAKLAD DOSWIEADCZALNY APARATURY NOKOWEJ I AUTOMATYKI SP ZOO
Poland
Address
Ul. J.lea 116, Lok. 67 (Bud. Coch, Ii P.)
Krakow