2005: A Successful Edition of Net -atHome™!

Net-atHome™2005 brings together over 180 delegates from 22 countries on November 29 & 30 in Nice, France.

2005: A Successful Edition of the Net -atHome™ Event!

Sophia Antipolis, France, December 12, 2005 - Homega Research is very pleased to announce today that the 8th edition of the Net -atHome™ conference and exhibition successfully took place in Nice, France at the Meridien Hotel on November 29 & 30, bringing together over 180 delegates and major industry players from 22 countries to participate in discussions and exchange ideas on the latest trends affecting the Connected Home worldwide market, a market that is gaining increasing presence amongst the general public.

The event

Net -atHome™ is the annual industry forum organized by Homega Research, a marketing and technology firm based in Sophia Antipolis, France and specializing in the field of technologies and services for the home. Net -atHome™ has the privilege to be recognized as the global event not to be missed and it has gained the reputation throughout the years as being "an extraordinarily successful show" (Jim Reeber, Marketing Director of Arkados and member of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance).

Topics discussed

The main areas addressed this year included killer applications, home gateways and networks, industry roadmaps, and business models. The highlight of the event was a session focusing on consumer needs, where a panel of 8 consumers was invited to openly discuss and share comments concerning personal experiences with new technologies in their homes.

In the same week, Net -atHome™ also hosted The European Application Home Alliance (TEAHA) open forum, which took place on November 28 and involved panel sessions concerning the specifications and standardization of home platforms and gateways. This event, also organized by Homega Research, took place at the inviting seaside location of the Meridien Hotel.

Important conclusions

By way of conclusion of the event, Roger Torrenti, CEO of Homega Research, and the 6 session facilitators identified the following 10 key technological and market issues, trends, and ideas for the months to come:
- More broadband, more no extra wires…
- Market availability of improved narrowband and broadband wireless solutions
- Market availability of improved broadband PLC solutions
- Standardization initiatives to converge to avoid confusion
- A harmonious vision of the "home platform" is appearing
- Triple play and distribution of AV content in the home are killer apps
- The demand is here: just focus on attractive applications and solid business models
- Consumers criteria are unchanged: attractive, reliable, easy to install / use, affordable
- Quick development pace of the connected home markets in Asia (especially in China)
- Markets are global!

Participant approval

The feedback received for the 2005 edition of the Net -atHome™ conference and exhibition was very positive and the event held the support of 45 organizations, 15 exhibitors, and more than 40 highly respected speakers in their domain of expertise.

The following participants have shared their views on this year's event:

• Craig McAllister, Managing Director & CEO of Local Information Networks, Net -atHome™2005 facilitator: "Thank you for organizing such a spectacular event. I'm very proud to be a part of this and to have worked with such a professional team."

• Julia O'Shaughnessy, Public Relations, Echelon Corporation: "I was impressed with the Net -atHome™2005 event and believe it was the best organized event I've attended. Congratulations on a great event!"

Once again, Net -atHome™ has gained the approval from industry leaders regarding the quality of its conferences, the numerous networking opportunities, its welcoming atmosphere and the dedication of its team to make the events a success. Homega Research is constantly searching for new ways to improve its events and participants can be assured that the same attention to detail and quality of service will be found at Net -atHome™2006.

Net -atHome™2005 Facts

:: Net -atHome™2005 sponsors
Privilege: The HomePlug Powerline Alliance
Platinum: DS2 / Echelon Corporation/ Z -Wave
Gold: ePerSpace / OPERA / PLC forum / SPiDCOM / TEAHA
Silver: Agilent Technologies / CECO / Digital Home Concept / One RF Technology / PULSERS

:: Net -atHome™2005 supporting organisations and publications
1394 Trade Association / ADDI / ASK -IT / Automated Buildings / BCDI / BLP Today / CABA / Casadomo / DLNA (formerly DHWG) / Domoclick / Domotica / ECHONET / Hidden Wires / Home Gateway Initiative / HomePlug Powerline Alliance / HomeToys / IBG / IGRS / Internet Home Alliance / IST Results / ITopHome / Konnex Association / LonMark International / Multimedia Over Coax Alliance (MoCA) / OSGi Alliance / PLC forum / TAHI / Universal Powerline Association / UPnP™ / UWB / The Wi -Fi Technology Forum / Wimedia / Zigbee™ / Z -Wave Alliance

:: Net -atHome™2005 exhibiting companies
Agilent Technologies / CECO / DS2 / Digital Home Concept / Echelon / ePerSpace / Homega Research / HomePlug Powerline Alliance / One RF Technology / OPERA / PLC Forum / PULSERS / SPIDCOM / TEAHA / Z -WAVE

:: Net -atHome™2005 speakers

Keynote Speakers:
Pete Griffin, Director of Corporate Technology, RadioShack Corp. & Chairman of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance
Patrick Lelorieux, Vice President Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Linksys (a division of Cisco Systems)
Matt Theall, Technology Strategist, Powerline Initiative Manager, Intel

Facilitators and speakers and facilitators:
2Wire / Appairent Technologies / Arkados / China -EU S&T Cooperation Promotion Office (CECO) / Consumer Electronics Powerline Communication Alliance / Corinex / Crijns Consultance / Digital Home Concept / Digital Home Group / Domologic Home Automation for the Elderly and Disabled / DS2 / Ember Corp. / Echelon Corporation / ECHONET / ETSI / Haier & ITopHome Group / Home Gateway Initiative / Homega Research / HomePlug Powerline Alliance / (Intel) / Intellon / Konnex Association / Local Information Networks / Linksys (Cisco Systems) / LonMark International / Metalink Broadband / MoCA Marketing WG / Motorola / OPERA / OSGI Alliance / Panasonic / Pelagic Group / PULSERS / Prosyst / RadioShack Corp. / Schneider Electric Powerline Communications (Ilevo) / Samsung Electronics / Sony / SPiDCOM / Telefonica I & D / Texas Instruments / Toshiba / Universal Powerline Association / UWB Forum / Z -WAVE Alliance / Zensys / Zigbee

For more information about Net -atHome™2006 (sponsorship packages, exhibition areas, speaking opportunities, attendance, etc.) please visit the event website (www.net -athome.com) or send an email to info@net -athome.com

About Homega Research

Homega Research (www.homega -research.com) is the Division of Sigma Consultants specialized in the field of Technologies and Services for the home. It has developed its activities from the expertise and experience Sigma has acquired in this domain since the company's creation in 1984. Homega Research is proud to have succeeded in building a long -standing reputation for quality, efficiency and professionalism for all its services: technology assessment, market research, and business events.

Warning: although the greatest care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information developed in this document, Homega Research can assume no legal responsibility for the information and opinions developed within it.


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