SOURCE: Zensys

October 09, 2007 09:00 ET

Z-Wave Is at the Forefront of the Green Revolution

Wide Range of Interoperable Products Based on Z-Wave Technology Accelerates Deployment of Home Energy Conservation and Management Solutions

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - October 9, 2007) - With consumers everywhere eager to "greenify" their lives, smart home control technologies such as Z-Wave® (www.z-wave.com) have emerged as key enablers for today's energy-intelligent homes.

Z-Wave is the award-winning wireless home control and automation technology that gives consumers the ability to wirelessly control and monitor virtually any device or appliance in their home, even when they're not at home themselves.

"Z-Wave can precisely tailor a home's energy usage by the device, by the room or by the whole house," said Mark Walters, chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. "Using a wide variety of sensors and controllers, consumers are now able to customize their home environments with as much or as little energy as needed, at any given time. And manufacturers are selecting Z-Wave because it's the recognized standard, with real products available from industry leaders around the globe."

Real Solutions to Real Energy Problems -- Today!

Because Z-Wave enabled devices can talk to each other, it is now possible for homeowners to enjoy automated, whole-home energy management that immediately reacts to changing conditions. As an example, a Z-Wave sensor can monitor how much light and heat is coming into the home throughout the day. During bright, warm daylight, Z-Wave can dim the lighting, close electric shades and lower the thermostat. When dusk settles in, Z-Wave can automatically reverse the sequence.

Using Z-Wave, homeowners can also monitor energy usage from afar, with real-time control over their HVAC, lights and appliances via an Internet connection from anywhere in the world. If weekend guests have accidentally left lights or air conditioning on at a remote vacation home, homeowners can adjust them from their easy chair. When it's raining out, a home lawn sprinkler system can be turned off while the owner is at work. Z-Wave can turn on the lights when someone enters a room, and turn them off as soon as they leave. Energy savings with Z-Wave can be immediate and dramatic for the homeowner, with simple, accessible devices that can be retrofitted to any home.

All Z-Wave enabled products can help consumers "go green," but following is an overview of some of the most recent products on the market:

--  Hawking HomeRemote Gateway -- This system controls lights,
    thermostats, and window coverings remotely via the Internet or a cell
    phone, allowing home owners to adjust the temperature or turn on/off the
    lights in their home from anywhere in the world and reduce their
    environmental footprint.
    
--  Wayne-Dalton Home Access Kit WDBK12 -- The kit contains everything
    needed to control the home's lighting, window shades, thermostats, and
    other Z-Wave devices right from the car.  As consumer leave the home a
    simple button press on the hand held remote closes the garage door and
    turns off lights around the house.
    
--  Leviton Vizia RF Home Control -- Leviton's new Vizia RF line of
    Dimmers, Switches and Controls using Z-Wave technology can help reduce
    energy consumption and bills by allowing the homeowner to easily select the
    proper level of lighting for the task. Through automated scheduling,
    dimming and scene control often lights can be operated at less than 100%
    brightness greatly saving energy consumption while extending bulb life.
    
--  Light Commercial Energy Management from Advanced Telemetry LLC --
    Using Z-Wave wireless technology, Advanced Telemetry LLC has developed a
    touchscreen-based product that enables customizable, local visualization
    and management of energy consumption information for small to midsize
    commercial facilities. Additionally, EcoView™ allows managers of multi-
    site installations to access information and to send override commands to
    one or all sites via a secure and simple-to-use set of web pages.
    
--  HSM100 Multi-Sensor from HomeSeer -- This device features FOUR-sensors-
    in-one! HSM100 is primarily intended as a motion sensor but also includes
    temperature, light and battery level sensors. Use it to control Z-Wave
    devices directly or to trigger automation events for the whole house.
    
--  Electronic Solutions, Inc. (ESI) Motor Controls -- Optimize the use of
    natural lighting and reduce solar heat gain in any home.  The ABMHZ
    provides simple integration of motorized window coverings, rolling
    shutters, retractable awnings and exterior solar protection products.
    
--  Z-Wave Thermostats from RCS -- The TZ40 and TZ16 thermostats from
    Residential Control Systems Inc (RCS) provide for complete temperature
    control of the residential climate throughout the Z-Wave network.
    
--  Intermatic HomeSettings Appliance Modules and InTouch Contactor
    Module -- The HomeSettings HA02 Appliance Module allows a user to
    control appliances, such as window air conditioning units and other
    appliances.  For large loads such as air conditioners, spas and
    heaters, the InTouch CA3750 contactor module provides ratings of 30 Amp
    (6600 VA) and allows for load shedding.
    
--  Danfoss RA Plus-w Thermostat -- The RA Plus-w combines the simplicity
    and reliability of a self-acting radiator thermostat with a wireless, timed
    control of the room temperature, which can be set back during periods when
    a lower room temperature is required. With literally over a billion
    mechanical radiator thermostats installed today, upgrading to the RA Plus-w
    provides an energy saving opportunity of macro-economical scale.
    
--  INNOVUS Z-Wave Product Family -- This complete home control product
    family includes a PC-based home control management system, dimmers and
    lights as well as multi-functional switch, energy saving modules, heating
    control via thermostat RA-PLUS-w from Danfoss, PIR sensors and a remote
    control.
    
--  viaSENS Home Controller from Seluxit -- With this device you can
    control various kinds of wireless devices in your home such as light
    switches, dimmers or thermostats.  An instant solution for cutting energy
    use!
    
--  Z-Wave Home Products from Everspring -- Everspring provides a range of
    Z-Wave OEM products including a PIR detector, door/window detector, lamp
    dimmer module, and an on/off module to help brand name manufacturers build
    their Z-Wave solution in an expedited, cost efficient manner.
    

Danish Electricity Savings Trust Recommends Z-Wave

Further validation for Z-Wave's role in energy conservation stems from a recent report issued by the Danish Electricity Saving Trust (DEST) -- a highly influential non-profit government organization that helps consumers and public institutions save energy -- which recommended Z-Wave as the ideal technology for use in wireless home communication. As noted by Göran Wilke, daily leader of the Danish Electricity Saving Trust, "The Trust recommends Z-Wave for several reasons. In addition to being an open standard enabling the combination of products from different manufacturers and thereby facilitating inexpensive third-party products, Z-Wave also holds in store a major money and energy saving potential for customers."

"Multiply ideas like this across all the energy-hungry appliances in a home, all day, every day, and it's easy to see how homeowners can make their homes truly energy efficient, with minimal cost and hassle using Z-Wave," said Grant Sullivan, product marketing manager for Leviton Manufacturing, a principal member of the Z-Wave Alliance. "This not only provides substantial savings, but will also keep 'smart homes' well within the coming regulations for energy efficiency. That's not only good for the homeowner, it's good for the world."

About Z-Wave

Z-Wave® is the first technology to bring affordable, reliable and easy-to-use wireless control to every aspect of daily life -- the home, consumer electronics, healthcare, and energy use, to name a few. Z-Wave is an award-winning, proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that allows a wide array of devices in and around the home to communicate including lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment centers, and security systems. Z-Wave brings many benefits to everyday life including remote home monitoring, home healthcare, safety and security, and energy conservation.

Z-Wave is available in over 170 products from leading consumer brands. Z-Wave is the recipient of the 2006 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the wireless category, the CNET "Best of CES Award" in the enabling technologies category, along with PC World's 2006 World Class Award, which recognizes the 100 best technologies and products of the year. For more information about Z-Wave please visit www.z-wave.com.

Z-Wave® is a registered trademark of Zensys, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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