HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc.

September 27, 2005 07:59 ET

General Electric Joins HomePlug® Powerline Alliance Implementers' Forum Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO--(CCNMatthews - Sep 27, 2005) -

Global Giant Reinforces Importance of Industry-Standard HomePlug Powerline Communications Technology to the Connected Home Market

HomePlug® Powerline Alliance, Inc., a global industry consortium that creates international specifications for high-speed powerline networking products and services, today announced that General Electric's Security business (NYSE:GE), has joined the Implementers' Forum Board of Directors of the Alliance.

The addition of General Electric (GE) to the Alliance's Implementers' Forum Board of Directors underscores the important role of HomePlug technology in the rapidly growing digital home market. With robust, whole-house coverage, built-in security and ease of use, HomePlug technology enables in-home equipment and "white-goods" manufacturers to increase sales by enhancing their customers' digital experience.

The Alliance has three Promoter's Groups focused on the development and promotion of compatible, interrelated powerline communications standards for high-performance in-home data networking and content distribution (HomePlug 1.0 and AV), to-the-home access technology (HomePlug BPL), and within-the-home infrastructure and inter-appliance communication (HomePlug Command and Control). With HomePlug technology as the baseline for home networking, content distribution and home automation, HomePlug-enabled products from leading companies like GE will be able to communicate with other consumer electronics products, personal computer platforms, security systems and general-purpose appliances, simply by plugging them into an electrical outlet.

"The global market for HomePlug technology is rapidly expanding beyond home data networking and Internet sharing into rich multimedia content distribution and home automation," said Matt Theall, President of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and powerline initiative manager for Intel Corporation. "GE Security will be a valuable addition to the HomePlug Board of Directors as the industry continues its rapid deployment of HomePlug-enabled products and the Alliance moves forward with its HomePlug Command and Control specification."

About General Electric Company

GE (NTSE:GE) is Imagination at Work - a diversified technology, media and financial services company focused on solving some of the world's toughest problems. With products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power generation and security technology to medical imaging, business and consumer financing, media content and advanced materials, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com.

About the HomePlug® Alliance, Inc.

The HomePlug Alliance is an industry-led initiative committed to creating specifications and enabling standard-based applications for home networking products, home automation (command & control) among platforms within the home and broadband access services to the home. Additionally, the Alliance is chartered to foster and accelerate demand for HomePlug-enabled products and services worldwide through the sponsorship of market and user education programs. Membership in the Alliance has grown to include about 50 industry-leading companies. HomePlug Sponsor companies include Cisco (CSCO); Comcast (CMCSK); EarthLink (ELNK); Intel Corporation (INTC); Motorola (MOT); RadioShack Corporation (RSH); Sharp (SHCPFM); and Sony (SNE). Contributor members include Arkados, Inc. a subsidiary of CDKNet.com, Inc. (OTCBB:CDKN); Conexant (CNXT); and Intellon Corporation. Additional information about the Alliance, including a complete listing of certified products, is available online at http://www.homeplug.org.

HomePlug is a registered trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. All other trademarks, trade names and service marks mentioned and/or used belong to their respective owners.

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