ECHONET Consortium was established in 1997 with the aim of creating an abundant 21st-century society where people and the environment live in harmony. ECHONET Consortium marked its 20th anniversary in 2017 and will finally celebrate its 25th anniversary in December 2022, thanks to your kind efforts and cooperation.
Meanwhile, ECHONET Consortium has promoted the establishment of standard specifications for a home network infrastructure that is capable of interconnecting home appliances, facility devices, sensors, and controllers supplied by multiple vendors and a basic technology such as network for small and medium-sized buildings and stores, to cope with environmental issues, energy problems, CO2 emission reductions, and an aging society.
Since the “ECHONET Lite standard” announced in 2011 is a domestic and foreign standard protocol, it was recommended as a known standard interface in HEMS (Home Energy Management System) at the “Smart Community Alliance International Standardization WG Standardization Study Group” the following year and was approved as an international standard in 2015. After that, we formulated the “ECHONET Lite AIF Specification” with the aim of improving full-scale interoperability between multi-vendors and started the certification system in 2016. Thanks to the efforts of our members the number of ECHONET Lite devices shipped has reached more than 120 million units centered on the eight priority devices (air conditioner, storage battery, water heater, solar power generator, fuel cell, lighting equipment, smart meter, charger/discharger for electric vehicles) and the number of device objects has reached 118 models as of the end of 2021.
Its coverage is expanding more and more. In recent years, we face a number of enormous challenges such as “Corona disaster and new normal”, “Global conflict and accompanying economic/energy security”, and “Frequent catastrophic disaster”, and those considered to be the causes of them such as “Global warming”, “Low birthrate”, “aging” and “healthcare.”
On the other hand, in order to contribute to these solutions, many ideas such as “Birth of Digital Agency”, “Digital Rural City Concept”, “Smart Home”, “Carbon Neutral”, and “Next Generation Smart Meter” have been proposed. Together with bold digitization measures and data utilization, these are also areas where Consortium can make significant contributions by monitoring and controlling of housing equipment and industrial equipment and encouraging changes in user behavior.
In addition to these, we will promote activities to realize the SDGs by ECHONET 2.0 aiming at the realization of “orderly collaborative creation space” that is the base of the expansion of ECHONET Lite to the Web space and servce alignment. We ask for the support and cooperation of all concerned parties.