Leviton Manufacturing and Dedicated Devices Inc. Developing "Real World" Digital Home Technology

Market leader and tech visionary combine talents to create next generation home integration for structured wiring.

Little Neck N.Y., November 13, 2003 - - Leviton Manufacturing Company and Dedicated Devices Incorporated (DDI) announced today their partnership to introduce a new class of device that will transform ordinary structured wiring and data networks into fully -capable Internet protocol (I.P.) Structured MediaTM networks.


While there has been no shortage of ideas and concepts in the smart home technology area -especially with the rise of the Internet and broadband services -the "digital home of tomorrow" is still today's marketing fantasy. That's a situation that Leviton Manufacturing, the electrical industry's most established and respected supplier, intends to change, by forming an alliance with an innovative, experienced Idaho technology company with a practical vision of the digitally -enabled future.

"The 'Smart Home' has been over promised and under -delivered in the past", said Jeffrey K. Moeser, President and CEO of Boise based Dedicated Devices, "With the combination of infrastructure wiring installs reaching critical mass, along with significant advances in technology in the areas of entertainment, communications, and control, the time is right to deliver the first truly practical 'edition ' of the next generation in home technology management -one that really delivers the ease of use, installation and value only dreamed of in the past."

Developed with the system contractor in mind, DDI's products are technically complex yet operationally simple I.P. based devices that can consolidate disparate functions into a single, modular system. The Dedicated Device will integrate entertainment, communications, and control applications into what are today mainly data -only networks. The Dedicated Device is a plug and play device, processing multiple sources and types of data and distributing functionality intelligently throughout a The Dedicated Device is a plug and play device, processing multiple sources and types of data and distributing functionality intelligently throughout a network. Its high -performance architecture is standards based, and runs on a secure, high -speed wired and wireless backbone.

"Consider all the data sources in and outside the home. Each might have a different source and entirely different use depending on the user," said Ian Hendler, Director of Business Development for Leviton Integrated Networks, "With the connectivity infrastructure in place, the Dedicated Device will be a critical link between real world applications. With DDI's technology background and Leviton's understanding of the residential marketplace and its drivers, we can deliver this powerful technology and make it as ergonomic and universal to operate as a light switch."

Leviton Manufacturing is a leading manufacturer of electrical and electronic wiring devices. The Leviton name is synonymous with quality electrical products for every conceivable commercial and residential need. Established in 1906 at the dawn of the electrical age, today Leviton is one of the world's most extensive and diversified electrical manufacturing companies, with some thirty facilities dedicated to engineering, manufacturing and distribution of over 25,000 products for nearly every connectivity need -from electrical receptacles to optical fiber components. To fully enable today's homes and offices with the latest in information, entertainment and control systems, Leviton has established Leviton Integrated Networks as the technological upgrade path to the future. An ISO -9000 certified manufacturer fully resourced to support its substantial customer base, Leviton provides long -term reliability and the highest level of quality across its broad product line.

Headquartered in Boise ID, DDI designs and builds uniquely intuitive, high tech, high value integration devices for the home and light commercial market DDI's products deliver affordable, simplified, reliable control of various entertainment, communications, and control applications. DDI was founded by the industry leading and award winning former product development and management group from Micron Electronics Inc. (MUEI) along with pioneers in the home integration and automation markets.

For more information, contact Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc., 59 -25 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, NY 11362 -2591 Phone: 1 -800 -323 -8920 • Tech Line: 1 -800 -824 -3005 • FAX: 1 -800 -832 -9538. Visit Leviton's website at http://www.leviton.com.

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