OpenPeak Announces Revolutionary 802.11/IR Control Bridge --- A "NO NEW WIRES" APPROACH TO HOME NETWORKING, CONTROL AND AUTOMATION
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA AND INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - September 4, 2003 - OpenPeak Inc., a company focused on simplifying control and communication across electronic devices within wireless environments, today announced its 802.11/IR Control Bridge, a key component of a "no new wires" approach to home networking, control and automation for systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
The Control Bridge enables stacks of consumer electronics - TVs, DVDs, satellite boxes, amplifiers, media players and other devices - to be integrated into a wireless home automation and control network using WiFi technology and OpenPeak Thinking Homes software. "We help remove the huge cost of running wires to a central home control server and we eliminate the dependence on unreliable infrared (IR) remotes," said Andrew Lona, Chief Marketing Officer of OpenPeak.
"We designed the Thinking Homes software for use by integrators and OEMs who are pioneering the way in high -function, affordable wireless home automation networks," Lona added. The software itself runs on three main elements of a home control wireless network: (1) a wireless base station; (2) wireless controllers; and (3) wireless control bridges. "These hardware elements can be readily -available commodity hardware or custom -designed devices. It doesn't really matter since the magic is in the Thinking Homes software itself that runs on the hardware," Lona added.
A home automation network powered by OpenPeak Thinking Homes software is capable of all of the typical functions of a wired/IR -based system plus it's completely wireless, offers unprecedented ease of operation and the reliability and range of a WiFi platform.
To ensure maximum flexibility for integrators using the Control Bridge, it includes four individually -addressable consumer IR output ports and four digital inputs (for contact closure sensors and LED power light sensors).
OpenPeak developed the Control Bridge device to help integrators and OEMs speed the solution to market. "We are providing the application programming interface (API) as well, to ensure a fast integration into their systems," Lona said.
The company also created versions of the Control Bridge specifically for OEMs. For example, in August 2003, Philips Consumer Electronics introduced a customized version of the OpenPeak Control Bridge under the Philips brand as the NetX network extender for iPronto. The Control Bridge may be introduced under other OEM brand names in the near future.
The Control Bridge will be generally available in the fourth quarter 2003 in the United States through home automation integrators and OEM partners. Pricing of the device is dependent on the packaging and marketing approach adopted by the partners.
OpenPeak Inc. develops software for control and communication of electronic devices in wireless environments, ranging from the home and office to hot spots and security/surveillance. OpenPeak distributes its wireless software innovations through global original equipment manufacturers. The privately -held company is based in Boca Raton, Florida.
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