GROUP OF NINE MAJOR FIRMS SPONSOR CABA's CONNECTED HOME ROADMAP

The objective of the project will be to identify connected home applications, together with enabling technologies, that have significant market potential and that will affect the industry over the next five years.

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is pleased to announce that it has found nine sponsors for its Connected Home Roadmap.


Global Inventures, Inc., Invensys Controls, Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Motorola, Newland Communities, Trane, a major Canadian telecommunications firm and a top 25 homebuilder on the Builder100 will fund the project.

"CABA is pleased that such a prestigious roster of companies have elected to participate in the Connected Home Roadmap project," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "The Roadmap will be an important piece of research designed to encourage the rapid adoption of smart home technologies and applications."

The objective of the project will be to identify connected home applications, together with enabling technologies, that have significant market potential and that will affect the industry over the next five years.

The Roadmap's nine sponsors will determine the research direction of the project through participation on a special steering committee. Gerry Meade, P.Eng., a former CABA Technical Director, CABA Executive Director, and a former manager at Professional Engineers Ontario, will administer the day -to -day management of the roadmap process, that will culminate in a final report that provides an in -depth examination of smart home technologies and applications.

The report will be designed to allow various stakeholders from industry, governments, academic institutions and research organizations to identify resource requirements and potential investment opportunities.

CABA believes that its Connected Home Roadmap will be an important piece of industry research that will assist industry to move towards a mass -market environment. The association is well positioned to conduct this research on behalf of industry since it has no allegiance to specific technologies and has the ability to bring to competing interests together in a joint effort.

CABA intends to provide initial research findings from the Roadmap project at its Connected@Home Conference & Expo in Las Vegas this October. The final report will be completed in the first quarter of 2006.

About CABA
CABA is the only industry association to offer industry intelligence to stakeholders in all areas of home & building automation. CABA's resources cover areas such as HVAC, lighting, security, A/V, communications technologies, energy management and controls. A number of resources are available through the association including iHomes & Buildings magazine, CABA's Summits and Conferences, CABA's monthly eBulletin, Information Series reports, Event Reports and the CABA web site. Please visit www.caba.org for further information.

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