Experts from all over the world discuss home networks at the e/home Congress

This year the focus is on the various fields of application for home networking, its uses, and what the consumer expects from network systems.

The congress accompanying e/home will feature leading international experts and its programme also reflects the concept of the event as a whole: the topics have been chosen for their wide -ranging appeal to various different industries, trades and technical platforms, as well as to marketing experts, engineers, suppliers and potential customers. This year the focus is on the various fields of application for home networking, its uses, and what the consumer expects from network systems.


For visitors to the congress there will be an additional highlight this year: The accompanying forum "Innovative Consumer Electronics", organised by the consumer and communication electronics association Gesellschaft für Unterhaltungs - und Kommunikationselektronik mbh (gfu) and the Consumer Electronics Division of the electrical/electronic industry federation ZVEI, will supplement the e/home Congress with the very latest consumer electronics topics and trends. This series of papers, accompanied by its own exhibition, will focus on a wide range of subjects involving the electronic media.

In accordance with practical requirements the series of papers on offer at e/home and "Innovative Consumer Electronics" is arranged according to fields of application, customer target groups and market environments. An overview of the planned panels and their subject matter is given below:

Plenary session, 1 Sept., (9.30 a.m. -1 p.m.)

• Opening
• Keynote subject: "Life's good with my e/home!"
Speaker: Gue Hyun Park, Vice President / Research Fellow, LG Electronics Inc.
• The networked home - Application solutions by means of systems integration
Speaker: Dr. Viktor Grinewitschus, Director, inHaus -Zentrum für intelligente Haussysteme Duisburg, Fraunhofer IMS/ inHaus Duisburg
• The part played by advanced applications in the networked home
Speaker: Vincent Izzo, Director of Consumer Solutions Business Development, Motorola
• e/home services in Asia: from high speed to lifestyle
Speaker: Kevin Morrow, Senior Strategist, Digital Solution Center, Samsung Electronics
• It's time for smart home - progress in the networked home market in Europe
Daniel Esbert, WorldWide Broadband Solutions and Business Development Executive, IBM France


Home Automation Panel, (1 Sept., 2.30 - 6 p.m.)
Aimed specifically at manufacturers/suppliers of domestic appliances and installation systems, housing management, the trade/joint ventures and the skilled trades in the electrical, control, heating and air conditioning sectors, and white goods

Entertainment Panel, (1 Sept., 2.30 - 6 p.m.)
Specifically for internet, content, software and service providers and the manufacturers and suppliers of consumer electronics products

"Innovative Consumer Electronics" Forum, (2 Sept., 9.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Specifically for opinion -formers in the media, politics and business, as well as all other interested trade visitors.

Control Concepts Panel, (2 Sept., 9.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Specifically for the manufacturers/suppliers of communication and information systems, technology for the home, installation systems, the housing industry and software providers.

Industry Joint Ventures Panel, (2 Sept., 9.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Special panel for planners, marketing experts, consultants, installation engineers, project support personnel for information technology, consumer electronics, heating, ventilation, plumbing, white goods, electrical and security systems, home service providers.

Building & Planning Panel, (2 Sept., 2.30 - 6 p.m.)
Specifically for architects, building planners, manufacturers of prefabricated houses, property developers, the housing and real estate industry, investors, building societies.

Trends & Developments Panel, (2 Sept., 2.30 - 6 p.m.)
Specifically for business developers, researchers, development engineers

Comfort & Health Panel, (3 Sept., 9.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Specifically for internet, content, software and service providers, and the housing industry

Security Panel, (3 Sept., 9.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Specifically for the manufacturers and suppliers of information, communication and security systems

Messe Berlin is the main organiser of e/home 2004. The co -organiser is Gesellschaft für Unterhaltungs - und Kommunikationselektronik mbH (gfu), which is also responsible for organising the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA). The retail industry's technical organisation Bundesverband Technik des Einzelhandels (BVT) and the electrical/electronic industry association Zentralverband Elektrotechnik - und Elektronikindustrie (ZVEI) are also co -organisers of this event.

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