LonMark International, the San-Jose, Calif.-based non-profit member trade association recognized as an industry authority for the creation and promotion of device networking interoperability standards, recently announced the formation of an industry advisory committee to guide and accelerate the organization's activities in lighting markets. Founding members of the committee represent leading users, specifiers, and developers of indoor and outdoor lighting systems.

"As with any network, open standards are a key to success," says Ron Bernstein, executive director of LonMark International. "Standards create a larger market for manufacturers, lower costs for integrators, and enable wider choice and enhanced functionality for end-users. Working under LonMark International's proven processes and comprehensive set of ISO/IEC 14908 standards, we see the opportunity to bring all the industry stakeholders together in a collaborate environment and accelerate the adoption of smart lighting systems in buildings and cities."