SOURCE: Z-Wave Alliance

March 17, 2008 09:00 ET

Z-Wave Alliance Hosts First Annual European Wireless Home Control Summit

Summit Showcases Z-Wave's Global Dominance as the Standard in Wireless Home Control

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) - The Z-Wave-Alliance, an open consortium of manufacturers, developers and market influencers dedicated to delivering on the promise of affordable, interoperable wireless home control products, announced today that it will host the first annual European Wireless Home Control Summit on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at the Marriott Hotel Frankfurt/Main in Frankfurt, Germany. The event will be located across the street from the Light & Building Show.

During the Summit, international wireless home control experts, such as internationally recognized market research and consulting firm Parks Associates, Z-Wave developer and chip manufacturer Zensys and Z-Wave Alliance members, Danfoss, Horstmann, Linksys and Merten, will discuss trends, market developments, the current and future fields of application and trends/technologies for the future of home control.

"This is a groundbreaking event for Z-Wave that confirms the continued dominance of Z-Wave in wireless home control," said Bernd Grohmann, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Zensys. "Z-Wave products are affordable, reliable, interoperable, easy-to-deploy and offer the largest number of products on the market -- making it clear to see why Z-Wave has distinguished itself as the global standard in wireless home control."

Parks Associates forecasts that the number of worldwide households with residential gateways facilitating broadband sharing, remote management and service provisioning, and/or value-added services will grow to 72 million by year-end 2012. Additional market research findings predict that the European home control market will more than double in less than 12 months. Hot topics in the industry include energy-saving solutions, security applications and measures to gain comfort in the residential setting.

The Summit will kick off on Tuesday, April 8, with the Z-Wave Lounge cocktail reception, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., where attendees can participate in interactive and informative discussions surrounding wireless home control products and markets. The conference is sponsored by Elektronikpraxis and will include a special exhibit of interoperable Z-Wave wireless home control products in each home control category, including remote home monitoring, security applications, energy-saving solutions, home entertainment and digital healthcare.

Additional topics to be discussed at the European Wireless Home Control Summit include:

--  Home Control from the OEMS perspective
--  "Green" Home Control solutions
--  Increased security -- the driver for acceptance by the consumer
--  Remote Home Management -- a profitable business for service providers
--  Convenience and comfort -- how Home Control makes life easier
--  TCP/IP convergence -- Home Control and the Internet
--  Z-Wave Eco-System -- advantages for OEMs and consumers
    

For more information, a complete agenda and registration information, please visit www.z-wavealliance.org/hcs.

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 certified products are currently available from leading consumer brands in more than 225 products. 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 trade mark of Zensys, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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