Net -atHomeTM2004: A Milestone in the Evolution of the Connected Home Area

The level of attendance reached at the Net-atHomeTM 2004 and the feedback received from delegates upon their leaving are clear indicators of a new development phase of the connected home markets worldwide

December, 6, 2004, Sophia Antipolis, France - Homega Research is very proud today to announce that the 7th edition of the Net -atHomeTM conference and exhibition has been successfully held in Nice, France, on December 1 & 2, in the framework of a whole week dedicated to the worldwide markets for the `connected home`, attended by over 350 delegates from 25 countries (album photo).

The level of attendance reached at the Net -atHomeTM 2004 and the feedback received from delegates upon their leaving are clear indicators of a new development phase of the connected home markets worldwide: Big volumes are in sight, most major players are involved, time is no longer devoted to concepts but to business models.

Net -atHomeTM is the annual industry forum organised by Homega Research, a market and technology company established in Sophia Antipolis, France and specialising in the field of `Technologies and Services for the Home`. All along the years, Net -atHomeTM has succeeded to become `the best event in the connected home area, this year in 2004, as usual` (Daniel Schellhoss, EVP Marketing & Sales, Prosyst).

In order to allow industry reps to maximise their stay in Nice, a number of events had been co -located with Net -atHomeTM 2004, organised the days before or after the Net -atHomeTM conference and exhibition, in the same venue: the prestigious Palais de la Méditerranée Hotel in Nice.

Among these co -located events: the TEAHA Open Forum  the Visionair Workshop  the ENTHRONE Expert Panel Meeting  the ePerspace Open Forum  the CENELEC SmartHouse Forum  the European Commission's D2 Concertation meeting  the NEM Initiative's launch event  the Net -atHomeTM Pre -conference Workshop

The 2004 edition of the Net -atHomeTM conference and exhibition has received a very positive response from the industry since 54 organisations have accepted to support or sponsor the event, 30 companies have decided to exhibit their leading -edge products and services, and 36 high -level speakers have positively answered an invitation to share their experience and visions with the audience.

From a survey of delegates performed upon their leaving, it appears that both aspects of the event have been very positively assessed:

The exhibition area, arranged in the same room than the conference following an `Agora` approach, proved to be very well suited to exhibitor expectations: `It is not so common to attend a show where all those visiting your booth are valuable contacts` (Stefan Gonnet, Support Engineer, eDevice).

The conference, organised in plenary thematic sessions addressing key market issues (Asian markets, home platforms, standards, trials & deployments, etc.) succeeded to be `an excellent conference with many opportunities for in -depth discussion` (Nancy Goguen, Executive Director, Strategic Marketing, Broadband Communications Group, Texas Instruments).

Net -atHomeTM 2004 thus appears as having been a very successful event, `highly recommended to anyone interested in providing home networking products and services` (William Dodd, President & CEO, Biltmore Communications).

However, ways to improve the event concept and maximise sponsor, exhibitor and delegate benefits have already been identified so that the 8th edition of Net -atHomeTM, can even better serve the industry at a key period of market evolution worldwide.

Net -atHomeTM 2004: a few figures

 Sponsors
Platinum : 1394 Trade Association  DS2  Yitran Communications  Renesas  Via Technologies
Gold : Echelon  OPERA  Spidcom  TEAHA
Silver : Agilent Technologies  eDevice  Legrand  Extrada  TAHI  Telemetry Associates  PLCforum
Casanova  Coronis Systems  France Telecom  Microsoft  Gaz de France

 Supporting organisations
1394 Trade Association  ADDI  BCDI  CABA  CEDOM  CENELEC  DECT Forum  DLNA (formerly DHWG)  ECHONET  EU IPv6 TF  HAVI  HomePlug Powerline Alliance  Internet Home Alliance  IBG  IGRS  IPv6 Forum  Konnex Association  LonMark  The OSGi Alliance  TAHI  The WiFi Technology Forum  UPnP™  Wimedia  Zigbee™

 Supporting publications
Automated buildings  Casadomo  Domotica  Hidden Wires  Hometoys

 Exhibiting companies
1394 Trade Association  Agilent Technologies  BIP  CasaNova  Coronis Systems  Danae  DS2  Echelon Corp.  eDevice  ELIN  ePerSpace  Extrada  France Telecom  Gaz de France, GDF  HomeTalk  Legrand  MediaNet  MHP -KDB  Microsoft  OPERA  PLCforum  RENESAS Technology  Spidcom Technologies  The Application Home Initiative, TAHI  The European Application Home Alliance, TEAHA  Telemetry Associates Limited  The European Commission  VIA Technologies  VisionAIR  YITRAN Communications

 Speakers
Karine Valin, General Manager, Homega Research  Roger Torrenti, CEO, Homega Research  Joao Da Silva, Director, DG Information Society, European Commission  George He, Senior VP & CTO, Lenovo  Jorge Blasco, CEO & President, DS2  Declan O`Mahoney, CEO Firecomms & Chairman of the Residential Backbone Working Group of the 1394 Trade Association  Dr Chun -Yu Chen, Researcher of Energy and Resources Laboratories, ITRI, Taiwan  Ashok Kar, Euro -India Relations Manager, Ind`Europe SA & Director, Infra Technologies  Seiichiro Matsumoto, Senior Manager, Connected Home Business Project, Public & Social Systems Dept., Total Solutions Div. Hitachi, Ltd. & Chairman of the ECHONET Consortium Steering Committee  Dr. Daqing Zhang, Acting Manager, Context Aware Systems Department, Services & Applications Division, I2R, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore  Enrique Menduina, Residential System Manager, Telefonica I+D & TEAHA Project Coordinator  Thorsten Herfet, EMEA CE Standards Manager, Intel & Member of the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)  Gerd Lütjering, Manager Business Development, Communications, CPE Devices, Siemens AG  Bob Heile, Chairman, ZigBee™ Alliance  Milan Erbes, Chairman, ETSI NGN@HOME  Werner du Plessis, Project Marketing Manager, VIA Technologies, Inc.  Jacques Bruynen, Advanced Systems Laboratories, Philips Semiconductors & MEDIANET Project Partner  Prof. Paul Van Binst, ULB University, Chair of the Belgium IPv6 Task Force & Eurov6 Project Coordinator  Nancy Goguen, Executive Director, Strategic Marketing, Broadband Communication Group, Texas Instruments  Hugues Vinet, Scientific Director, IRCAM & SemanticHiFi Project Coordinator  Dr. Sven Zeisberg, Project Manager, PULSERS Project  John Barr, Director, Standards Realization, Motorola & President, OSGi Alliance  Harry Crijns, Director Marketing & Communication, Konnex Association  Oleg Logvinov, President and CEO, Arkados & President HomePlug Powerline Alliance  Paolo Falcioni, CECED Representative & Business Development Manager, Wrap spa, Merloni Elettrodomestici Group  Avner Matmor, Co -founder & CEO, Yitran Communications Ltd.  Victor Dominguez Richards, Chairman of the Technical & Regulatory Working Group PLCforum & Strategy & Standardisation Director, DS2  Pierre -Yves Danet, Head of R&D Unit Home Services, France Telecom & ePerSpace Project Coordinator  Thomas Owens Lecturer, Brunel University & INSTINCT Project Coordinator  Mark Ossel, represented by Jurgen Hertel (Consultant), VP & General Manager, Echelon EMEA  Graham Nicholls, CEO, Extrada Ltd. & Director, The Application Home Initiative (TAHI)  Serge Miranda, President, Casa Nova Initiative  Daniel Schellhoss, EVP Marketing & Sales, Prosyst Software  Stefan Junestrand, CEO,  Georges Even, Director of Home Services Division, France Telecom  Dirk Alsentzer, Head of Product Management, Power PLUS Communications AG & OPERA Project Member

About Homega Research (www.homega
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.

About Net -atHome™2004
Date : November 30 pm, pre -conference workshop
: December 1 & 2, conference & exhibition
Covered topics : The connected home markets
Venue : Palais de la Mediterranée - Nice, France
Audience : Over 350 attendees from 25 different countries
Edition : Event now in its 7th year
Producers : Homega Research, www.homega

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