Echonet Consortiums of Japan, Malaysia and India sign a partnership agreement


(From left) Daikin Research & Development Malaysia Sdn Bhd senior manager of the Development Support Division Dr Chin Wai Meng, Sureswaran and Umejima at the signing of the MoU between Malaysia, India and Japan for promoting Echonet technology. — TAN KIT HOONG/The Star

(From left) Daikin Research & Development Malaysia Sdn Bhd senior manager of the Development Support Division Dr Chin Wai Meng, Sureswaran and Umejima at the signing of the MoU between Malaysia, India and Japan for promoting Echonet technology. — TAN KIT HOONG/The Star

The Echonet Consortiums of Malaysia, Japan and India have just formalised their partnership in a signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.

The signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) will see the three countries work together to provide training and promote the technology across the Asean region.

Originating from Japan, the Echonet Consortium is a group made up of many industry players including Sharp, NTT, Toshiba, Hitachi, Panasonic and LG Electronics.

The aim of the Echonet Consortium is to promote a standard for Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity for home appliances in particular, and allow these devices to talk to each other and connect to the Cloud.

Echonet’s technology, for example, allows air conditioning units to be connected to and linked up in the Cloud and be monitored remotely.

Associate Professor Dr Masaki Umejima of Keio University and deputy chairman of the Smart House and Building Committee in the Japan Smart Community Alliance said that in Japan over half of new air conditioners are managed by Echonet.

According to Professor Dr Sureswaran Ramadass, chairman of Echonet Consortium Malaysia, apart from training engineers and technicians in Echonet, the Malaysian consortium was largely responsible for translating the training manual for Echonet Lite from Japanese to English.