SOURCE: Z-Wave

May 12, 2008 09:22 ET

Z-Wave Alliance Members -- 4HomeMedia, Crayon Interface, GE/Jasco, and Panasonic -- Unveil Turnkey Security-Monitoring-Automation Solution Set for MSOs

Best-of-Breed Solution on Display at NCTA's The Cable Show '08 in the CableNET Showcase

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - A consortium of industry-leading vendors within the Z-Wave Alliance today announced that they will be debuting at The Cable Show '08 a benchmark solution set for MSOs designed to jumpstart SMA (Security-Monitoring-Automation) service rollouts. The solution will be on display as part of CableNET (Booth #3735), a showcase for content and services that cable customers may see and experience in the near future.

The pre-integrated set of hardware and software products enable the turnkey, cost-effective, and reliable deployment of SMA services for new monthly recurring revenue streams beyond the increasingly price-commoditized "triple play" of video-voice-Internet access service bundles. In addition, these SMA services reduce subscriber churn as a "sticky" solution deployed throughout the home while also responding to consumer demand for personalized security, energy conservation, and connected lifestyle solutions.

"Service providers are well-positioned to capitalize on home monitoring, control and security solutions that can be easily installed in existing homes," said Bill Ablondi, director of home systems research at Parks Associates. "The presence of several key members of the Z-Wave Alliance at the upcoming CableNET show indicates that manufacturers are prepared to address the specific needs of service providers. These activities coupled with initiatives of some of the smaller MSOs will definitely prod top tier providers into action this year."

The Z-Wave Alliance consortium demonstration for SMA at CableNET will highlight several compelling consumer use cases, including security and home control scenarios, which have been proven to be successful with consumers and can serve as marketing messaging for MSOs to offer the services to their customers.

"Personalized security and connected home control via a whole-home user-interface (UI) -- available on the TV, PC, mobile phone, and touch panels -- are increasingly of interest to consumers. What we're giving MSOs is a simple way to monetize this end-user demand with SMA services and the associated starter kit of devices," said Mark Walters, Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. "With these best-of-breed devices, consumers will be able to monitor and manage their home environment both in the home and remotely over their broadband cable modem connection from their mobile phone or a browser interface."

The products and vendors on display at CableNET '08 will include: Z-Wave-enabled wireless door locks; IP cameras from Panasonic; Z-Wave lighting and appliance controls from GE/Jasco; a white-label mobile phone UI from Crayon Interface; a white-label PC/TV/touch panel UI and robust devices/services management platform from 4HomeMedia.

"These products bring a wealth of expertise from the top vendors in each of their respective categories, distilled into a viable package that is quick-to-deploy, easy-to-use, and able to be remotely managed," added Walters.

The Z-Wave Alliance SMA starter kit is available for immediate deployment and can be viewed in the CableNET showcase at The Cable Show 2008 (Booth #3735).

CableNET 2008 (www.cablenet.org) takes place from May 18 - 20 at Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

COME JOIN THE Z-WAVE ALLIANCE AT CABLENET IN BOOTH #3735!

About 4HomeMedia

4HomeMedia is the leading provider of "home control services" which include home monitoring, media and entertainment management, home health, and energy management. With the sudden commoditization of the "triple play," 4HomeMedia's solution is in high-demand. 4HomeMedia's ControlPoint™ and Portal Server software products allow hardware vendors and service providers to create and deploy compelling, easy-to-use, and profitable new applications and services for the connected home. A single copy of the networked ControlPoint software installed anywhere on the home network provides whole home coverage -- from anywhere and at anytime. Portal Server is a robust broadband application server for the NOC providing scalable and manageable home control services for a broad, mass-market rollout. 4HomeMedia, Inc. is based in Sunnyvale, CA. For more information on 4HomeMedia and its award-winning solutions, please visit http://www.4Home.com

About Crayon Interface

Crayon Interface offers mobile software solutions that revolutionize the way the world interacts with information and things! Crayon Interface's Moshi® mobile access solutions platform combines a worldwide messaging network and mobile software to turn the cell phone, PDA, or other mobile device into a remote monitor and control device, connecting people to the information and environments important to them from anywhere, at anytime. Crayon Interface solutions can be found in home monitor and control, vehicle Telematics, and portable GPS tracking products. To learn more about Crayon Interface, visit the Company's website at www.crayoninterface.com.

About GE/Jasco

As a GE licensee, Jasco Products develops, markets, and distributes Consumer Electronic Accessories, PC Accessories, Home Electric Products, and Personal Security & Surveillance Products under the GE logo. GE is a trademark of the General Electric Company. For more information, visit www.jascoproducts.com or www.easyzwave.com

About Panasonic System Solutions Company

Panasonic System Solutions Company, Unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, is a world leader in professional electronics providing innovative systems solutions for a wide range of business applications including: industry leading i-Pro IP and analog video surveillance solutions through its Security Systems division; imaging devices for the medical, industrial, and entertainment industries through its Vision Systems division; point-of-sale workstations and drive-thru communications systems for the quick-service and hospitality industries through its Information Systems division; and large screen LED digital signage, digital sports coaching systems, and integrated technology solutions through its Systems Integration division. Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America is the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC) of Japan. For information on Panasonic products visit www.panasonic.com. Additional information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

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 170 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.

About the Z-Wave Alliance

Formed in January 2005, the Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of leading companies in the home technology space dedicated to solidifying Z-Wave as the standard for wireless home control products. The principal members include Cooper Wiring Devices, Danfoss, FAKRO, Intel, Intermatic, Leviton, Monster Cable, Wayne-Dalton, Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) and Zensys. Its members lead the home controls market, providing leading edge products and systems that deliver increased comfort, convenience, safety and security. Z-Wave technology is the foundation of all products manufactured by the Alliance members. For more information about the Z-Wave Alliance, visit www.zwavealliance.org.

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

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