Homega Research Unveils Dates & New Venue for Net -atHome™2004

Net-atHome™2004 will be held on December 1 & 2, 2004, at the Palais Méditerranée in Nice, France. Net-atHome™ is the premier international Conference and Exhibition in the field of technologies and services for the home.

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Homega Research Unveils Dates & New Venue for Net -atHome™2004, the Premier International Conference and Exhibition covering the Connected Home markets

February 11, 2004 - Sophia Antipolis, France - Homega Research announced today that `Net -atHome™2004: Your Gateway to the Markets` (www.net -athome.com) will be held this year on December 1 & 2, 2004, at the Prestigious Palais Méditerranée in beautiful and sunny Nice, France. Net -atHome™, produced by Homega Research with the support of the European Commission (DG Information Society), is the premier & largest international Conference and Exhibition in the field of technologies and services for the home.

The 7th edition of the Homega Research annual event will feature this year :
ß An intensive and comprehensive pre -conference Workshop (Nov. 30)
ß A highly strategic Conference combined with a very attractive Exhibition of cutting edge products & services (Dec. 1 & 2)
ß A European Commission (DG InfSo - IST Program - D2 Unit `Networked Audiovisual Systems & Home Platforms`) Concertation Meeting (Dec. 3)
ß A TEAHA (The European Application Home Alliance) Open Forum (Nov. 30)
ß And some more co -located seminars or working group meetings to be announced!

Now in its 7th year, the event has become recognized as the key event organized in the field of Connected Home Markets by its size (the 2003 event welcomed over 250 delegates and over 30 exhibitors), by its international dimension (over 25 countries were represented at the 2003 event), by the themes covered (not just limited to home networking or residential gateways, to technological aspects or mere business models, but representative of all issues related to the development of the markets for Home Networks and Gateways, Connected Appliances and Integrated Services), by the organizers` efforts to set up an attractive environment.

''Net -atHome™ is the leading event in home networking in Europe. It is for sure an important meeting point for exchanging opinions and keeping in touch with new developments. Marketing and R&D experts, standardization bodies, silicon manufacturers and appliance manufacturers can all share and compare different points of view, but with a common interest: to build a unique infrastructure capable of supporting the future world of services. The road to home networking is not easy, no one can succeed alone - Net -atHome™ helps us choose the right direction'', attests Mario Cipriani - Digital Application Manager, Marketing Division, Merloni Elettrodomestici Group

The Conference Topics…

This year, the addressed Conference Topics are : Home Networking Technologies, Home System Architectures, Home Wiring, Standards, Connected Appliances, Home Gateways, Access Networks, Value Added Services to the connected home, Consumer Demand, Market Segments, Market Situation in Europe, Asia, and North -America, Initiatives from Key Players, Business Cases, Business Models, Market Trials and Deployments. The deadline for the Call for Papers is April 16.

The Conference Target Audience…

Net -atHome™ brings together manufacturers from different sectors (white goods, computer and consumer electronics, energy, telecoms, etc.), service companies (energy utilities, telecom operators, watercos, cablecos, etc.), companies specializing in multimedia content, silicon and component manufacturers, software companies, integrators, state research laboratories, business angels, etc.

Attendees at Net -atHome™ Events traditionally include CEOs, vice -presidents, managers of start -up companies, alongside business development, marketing and technical managers of larger companies and project managers of multinationals.

About Homega Research (www.homega -research.com)

Homega Research 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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