OpenPeak Announces World's First Z -Wave/WiFi/IR Bridge


BOCA RATON, FLORIDA AND LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - January 06, 2005 - OpenPeak Inc., a leading provider of software enabling control of digital content, consumer electronics and systems in the Digital Home, today announced its Z -Wave/WiFi/IR Bridge designed to enable the company's flagship Thinking Homes software to control Z -Wave enabled devices.

Zensys Z -Wave is an RF -based, two -way mesh networking protocol for wireless control of home devices, such as lights, HVAC and security systems.

"Our current and future original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners can now immediately offer control of Z -Wave networked devices via this new Z -Wave/WiFi/IR bridge device and our existing Thinking Homes control software," said Andrew Lona, OpenPeak's Chief Marketing Officer.

Interoperability across all elements - networks, protocols, devices, and digital content - in the Digital Home has been a consistent goal at OpenPeak. With the just -announced Z -Wave/WiFi/IR Bridge from OpenPeak and the company's Thinking Homes control software, consumers will be able to control devices from a wide range of manufacturers that presently use Z -Wave technology, including Sylvania, Leviton and Carrier.

"Offering the Z -Wave/WiFi/IR bridge device to OEMs as a hardware reference design is yet another way to help ensure convenience and simplicity to consumers as they begin to create their own Digital Homes," Lona added. OpenPeak already offers hardware reference designs for WiFi to IR and WiFi to Serial bridge devices, as well as for controller devices.

Paul O'Donovan, Principal Analyst at Gartner, said, "The keyword offered by OpenPeak is simplicity. As our homes absorb increasingly more sophisticated technology, being able to control this technology is becoming crucial to success in this segment. OpenPeak has incorporated the key elements of simplicity, ease -of -use and low cost in developing its offerings."

Tricia Parks, President and Founder of Parks Associates, said, "We believe OpenPeak solutions will be rapidly integrated into offerings from a variety of OEMs in order to eliminate complexity and offer a simple, enjoyable user experience to consumers. OpenPeak comes to the table with an early -player advantage."

OpenPeak Inc. creates innovative software that enables a simple user interface for WiFi control of consumer electronics, digital media, computers and home systems. The company's consumer -friendly software applications are designed for use by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in their products. Using devices equipped with OpenPeak's unique interface software, consumers are able to wirelessly control and distribute digital content as well as control consumer electronics and home systems. OpenPeak also creates hardware reference designs for devices that enable the Digital Home, such as WiFi -IR and WiFi -Serial bridges. The company's software has been licensed to Philips Consumer Electronics and other OEM partners will be announced soon. The privately held company is based in Boca Raton, Florida. Additional information about the company is available at

OpenPeak is a member of: WiFi Alliance, UPnP Forum, Intel Developer Network for the Digital Home, Digital Living Network Alliance and Apple Developer Connection.

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