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Table 2 The identity

From: Playfulness, ideology and the technology of foolishness in the creation of a novel market niche for distributed control: The case of iPLON

The strength of the LonWorks technology is to connect different devices from different manufacturers. What we have seen - for example in the building automation, where LonWorks is very commonly used - is that there are a lot of big players [the OEMs]. They are using the LonWorks technology but they are not open. They always try to make their own specific pieces, and these devices can only talk to… [mentions one OEM] devices, for instance. They claim to be open in using LonWorks technology, but they are not. The problem is that these big players have the strength to do this because they have a lot of the market. So, for the small companies there’s the problem to put the idea of interoperability in this market. (…) In this way, system integrators can’t easily use parts from different manufacturers. (Edgar Schneider, 2015)
They have the possibility to make everything: from developing devices to developing the software to control them and also the installation (…), so they can do the whole solution with their own products. But this is not the idea behind LonWorks, behind this technology: the basic idea is that you can use different parts, different devices, from different manufacturers and put them together to make the best solution for the end customer. (Edgar Schneider, 2015)