SOURCE: Z-Wave Alliance

November 11, 2008 09:00 ET

Z-Wave Brings Green Home Solutions to Fry's, Marking the First Retailer Nationwide to Offer Affordable Energy Saving for the Whole Home

Products From Wayne-Dalton, Hawking Technologies and GE Now Available in Fry's Locations Nationwide

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - The long wait for mass-market wireless home control solutions in retail stores is finally over. Today marks the availability of Z-Wave-based home management solutions in Fry's stores across the nation. Stores are located across nine states including California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

"This is a huge day for Z-Wave and the reality of affordable wireless home control," noted Yan Rodriguez, Director, Home Networking and Access with Wayne-Dalton, one of the members of the Z-Wave Alliance participating in the offering. "Our offerings at Fry's will provide consumers with easy to install wireless products that can solve real challenges for today's busy homeowner including energy conservation, enhanced safety and security, monitoring elderly relatives and remote home management from a PC or cell phone, to name a few."

The Z-Wave display will exclusively feature products from three Z-Wave Alliance members -- Wayne-Dalton, Hawking Technologies and GE -- with the goal of providing consumers with a one-stop shopping resource for Z-Wave-enabled home automation and control solutions.

Z-Wave is the first technology to bring affordable, reliable and easy to deploy wireless home control to every aspect of daily life -- the home environment, consumer electronics, and energy management -- to create a truly "connected home." With energy bills rising, home control technologies such as Z-Wave are becoming a cornerstone of home energy conservation and management. Using a wide range of sensors and controllers available to the homeowner, Z-Wave can precisely tailor a home's energy usage by the device, by the room or by the whole house.

"We have noticed that retailers are increasingly looking to satisfy consumer demand for products enabling a green lifestyle," said Raoul Wijgergangs, chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. "Fry's is one of the first retailers in the nation to offer a section completely devoted to energy-efficient home control products that fit into almost any consumer's budget or lifestyle. We're thrilled that consumers are proactively creating green homes, and we are proud to provide products that make that transformation possible."

The Z-Wave home display at Fry's will include the following products, which will allow consumers to quickly and easily create a solution set tailored to their needs:

--  Wayne-Dalton Gateway Module (central hub), Garage Door Conversion
    Module, Thermostat and USB and remote control units
--  GE Lamp Modules and Appliance Modules and remote controls
--  Hawking Motion Detector, Magnetic Door Sensor, Remote Pro Gateway,
    Night Vision Camera and Wireless Camera
    

To find a Fry's store near you, please visit http://www.frys.com/.

About Fry's Electronics

Fry's was founded as a Silicon Valley retail electronics store to provide a one-stop-shopping environment for the hi-tech professional. Fry's continues to keep hi-tech professionals supplied with products representing the latest technological trends and advances in the personal computer marketplace. Fry's retails over 50,000 electronic items within each of its 34 stores. The stores range in size from 50,000 to over 180,000 square feet. Fry's also provides customers with added shopping opportunities via its online center at http://www.Frys.com.

About Z-Wave

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 300 products. Z-Wave is the recipient of the 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 World Class Award. For more information about Z-Wave, please visit www.z-wave.com.

*Zensys works diligently to define and enforce interoperability amongst its Z-Wave partners. For more information on Z-Wave interoperability, visit www.z-wave.com/interoperable.

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