LonMark France would like to welcome Daniel Zotti as their new Chairman. We would like to acknowledge and thank our past chair, Serge Le Men, for his many years of support and guidance to LonMark France.
LonMark France and Occitaline are joining LonMark Germany’s new working group focused on the new LonWorks protocol for IoT over IPV6.
On April 8th LonMark Switzerland held their general assembly. During this event Chris Broenniman officially stepped down as chairman to vice chairman. We are pleased to announce Adrian Holderegger will fill the role as chairman. We would like to thank Chris for his many years of leadership and dedication. We are excited to welcome Adrian to his new role and look forward to future success for LonMark Switzerland.
LonMark Cono Sur: South America's Emerging Market
South America is emerging as a leader in energy efficiency programs with Argentina taking a leadership role. LonMark Cono Sur, our LonMark Affiliate in South America, is working on implementing LonWorks solutions in order to comply with a series of new policies to improve energy efficiency including: controlling the distribution of power to generation fields as well as electricity consumption by residents.
Several US manufacturers who provide open protocol technologies used for smart cities, smart grids and Building Management Systems are looking to expand their focus to the South American market. These companies have joint venture agreements in place with local counterparts, which are also financed by government programs to develop open and interoperable control systems. This will provide local companies an opportunity to manufacture and export their products while taking advantage of a skilled local work force and opportunities for investment incentives.
Most of these contracts will start up later this year, but there is a search for small and medium size regional companies with capabilities to work with open control systems either in software or in hardware.
This is a huge opportunity for LonMark Cono Sur to implement LonMark technology for energy efficient programs across South America. Currently LonMark Cono Sur and LonMark International are investing in the LonMark Certified Professional program in Spanish with both training and proficiency credentialing. There are already over 100 LonMark Certified Professionals in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean covering Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican, Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Skilled installers, designers, and integrators are a key focus over the next few years for LonMark Cono Sur.
There are aggressive programs in development to entice suppliers of open control networking solutions to venture into this market. LonMark Cono Sur can help interested companies gain a foothold in this emerging market.
If you are a member of LonMark and have an interest in expanding in this region please contact the chairman of LonMark Cono Sur for more information: Hernán Fagnilli firstname.lastname@example.org.