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TMCNet:  Z-Wave Hits CEDIA 2012 With Major Milestones and a New Look

[September 05, 2012]

Z-Wave Hits CEDIA 2012 With Major Milestones and a New Look

MILPITAS, CA, Sep 05, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- CEDIA 2012 Booth #1343 - The Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of global companies that oversees the world's largest interoperable ecosystem for wireless home control products and services, is showcasing major milestones, new markets and a complete new look at CEDIA 2012 in Indianapolis, September 6-8.


Integrators and systems designers can visit booth 1343 to see all available and interoperable Z-Wave products through the use of an interactive catalog, which features the 700th certified Z-Wave product -- an energy-saving motorized roof window roller shutter by FAKRO. The award-winning Z-Wave technology, a linchpin of the residential integration industries, gives integrators a wireless technology that is compatible, extensible and easy to use.

"We're always excited to participate at CEDIA, but this year is special," said Mark Walters, chairman, Z-Wave Alliance. "With 700 certified and interoperable products, Z-Wave is now leading the way in wireless control, and is continually being selected as the technology of choice in security, hospitality, energy conservation and remote home management applications, among others." In addition to the Z-Wave Alliance booth, which will feature eight Alliance member exhibitors, Z-Wave products and Z-Wave powered services will be featured throughout the CEDIA show floor. Coinciding with this premier integrator showcase, the Alliance is announcing: The 700th Certified Z-Wave Product A motorized roof window roller shutter by FAKRO, a world leader in roof windows with 15% of the worldwide market. The announcement comes less than 90 days after the announcement of the 650th certified Z-Wave product, the ZRC-100 Portable Controller from Remotec Technology Limited. This rapid expansion of the Z-Wave product ecosystem demonstrates the exponential growth and market acceptance of Z-Wave technology.

New International Markets For Z-Wave A radio frequency range for low-power RF device usage was recently approved in two key international markets -- Japan and Brazil. As a result, Z-Wave-based control and automation solutions for smart homes and small businesses can now be used in these markets without the need for radio station licensing.

These developments open up the world's fourth and seventh largest economies respectively to the benefits of Z-Wave control. The news from Japan was immediately followed by the first Z-Wave Certified products for this new band, a commercial LED controller and dimmer from IWATSU Electric Company Ltd. that saves energy in commercial lighting applications.

New International Evangelists Two renowned technology experts have joined the Z-Wave Alliance to support the newly opened Japanese and Brazilian markets. The Alliance has appointed industry veteran Hitoshi Kubota as its Z-Wave Alliance Evangelist in Japan. Kubota has more than 40 years of professional experience in the computer and network industry. Most recently he served as the senior advisor for companies throughout the energy management industry as a Smart Grid architect.

For the Brazilian region, the alliance has appointed Evangelist Jean Pascal Nathan De Simone, who has 20 years of experience in marketing and international business development throughout four different continents. At a time when home control was almost completely unknown in his country, DeSimone brought the first Z-Wave products into Brazil.

New Z-Wave Alliance Web Site The new site is serving as the primary information hub for the companies and individuals that are driving the wireless control industry through Z-Wave.

The site will help educate integrators, members of the media and general consumers about the possibilities that the wireless Z-Wave standard can bring to their work, their play and their lives. A broad set of connective social functions, including dedicated collaboration circles and forums for technical, marketing and other working groups, will be added over time. The site retains its same address at www.z-wavealliance.org.

About The Z-Wave Alliance: Established in 2005, the Z-Wave Alliance is an open consortium of leading companies worldwide dedicated to delivering affordable, reliable easy-to-use, wireless home control products and services. With more than 700 interoperable products certified and over 160 members, the Alliance represents the largest ecosystem of wireless control products in existence and the global, brand-recognized companies that bring these products and services to market. The Alliance supports its members with marketing, networking, technical forums, training, best practices, test and certification tools and a complete interoperability lab. For more information about the Alliance and how to join it, please email info@z-wavealliance.org or visit www.z-wavealliance.org.

About Z-Wave Technology: Z-Wave is an international wireless standard (ITU-T G.9959) for intelligent, interoperable, low-power, RF mesh networking technology. This powerful smart chip and compact protocol enable two-way RF communications amongst Z-Wave enabled devices, thus allowing products and services from multiple manufacturers to work together seamlessly. Z-Wave continues to be the technology of choice for industry leaders representing: Security and Access Control, Remote Home/Health Monitoring, Home Entertainment, Hospitality, Energy Management and Connected Home Services. Z-Wave enabled products represent the world's largest ecosystem of interoperable smart products for the residential and light commercial market. www.z-wave.com Z-Wave(R) is a registered trade mark of Sigma Designs and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

More Information: Z-Wave Alliance 1778 McCarthy Blvd.

Milpitas, CA 95035 USA Mary Miller Marketing Director mary_miller@sdesigns.com PR Agency: Sprengel & Partner GmbH Nisterstrasse 3 56472 Nisterau Germany Fabian Sprengel Tel.: +49 (26 61) 912 600 Fax: +49 (26 61) 912 6013 fs@sprengel-pr.com SOURCE: Sigma Designs mailto:mary_miller@sdesigns.com mailto:fs@sprengel-pr.com

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