OpenPeak Extends Thinking Homes Software To Microsoft XP Media Center Edition PCs -----------WHOLE-HOUSE AUTOMATION ENABLED ON WI-FI 802.11 PLATFORM
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA - September 30, 2003 - OpenPeak Inc., a software company focused on simplifying control and communication across consumer electronic devices within wireless environments, today announced the extension of its Thinking Homes residential product line to PCs with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2004. Thinking Homes software extends Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 to include control of consumer electronics devices, such as TVs, DVD players, and amplifiers as well UPnP media. It also allows for control of devices such as lighting, cameras, HVAC, and security systems in a single control point for the entire house.
"Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 is the perfect platform for companies like OpenPeak to extend Media Center's easy -to -use navigation beyond digital entertainment to new consumer applications, such as home control," said Brad Brooks, marketing director, Windows eHome Division at Microsoft Corp.
The Thinking Homes software is optimized for wireless environments, which means adding new devices to the home control system doesn't require any new wires. The result is a high -function system that's complete and can integrate legacy devices as well as the latest UPnP -enabled components.
"We have worked with Microsoft to ensure the integration of Thinking Homes functionality into the Media Center interface. This has resulted in an outstanding solution for consumers who want a comprehensive home automation system without the expense, complexity and aggravation of other solutions," said Andrew Lona, Chief Marketing Officer of OpenPeak.
In addition to the Thinking Homes software, OpenPeak offers Thinking Homes hardware accessories through OEMs, including an 802.11/IR bridge that extends the range of traditional IR -based remote controls using a wireless network platform. OpenPeak also has developed a comprehensive family of 802.11 bridge devices, providing bridging to serial I/O, relay outputs, analog and digital inputs.
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.