As an Open Platform, Z-Wave Has the Support of More Than 100 Leading Companies Including Intermatic, Leviton, Wayne Dalton, Danfoss, UEI, and Zensys. What`s more, Zensys Will License its Z-Wave Technology to Third Parties
International Builder's Show, Orlando, FL, January 14, 2005 - Leading OEM's in the home control market, including Intermatic, Leviton, Wayne Dalton, Danfoss, UEI and Zensys today announced they have joined forces to create the Z -Wave Alliance, a consortium of leaders in the home technology space dedicated to solidifying Z -Wave as the standard for wireless home control products.
Developed by Zensys, Z -Wave is a low -cost, two -way, wireless mesh network communications technology that enables consumers to monitor and manage their lighting, security systems, thermostats, garage door openers, entertainment systems and other home products easily, conveniently and securely from anywhere in the world.
To ensure Z -Wave's longevity, flexibility and interoperability as an open industry standard for the digital home, Zensys intends to license its Z -Wave technology to create multi sources for the technology to the industry.
In addition to establishing Z -Wave as an open standard, the Z -Wave Alliance will encourage other companies in the home control space to incorporate Z -Wave into their home control products, and work with them to continue to adapt the technology as new uses and requirements arise.
The Z -Wave Alliance will also inform consumers about the benefits of Z -Wave and home control. As part of this consumer education campaign, the Z -Wave logo will appear on every Z -Wave enabled product, communicating easy installation, interoperability and consistent quality to buyers worldwide.
Unlike competing protocols, Z -Wave is a fully developed, interoperable technology that is present in a host of wireless home control products on the market today, including dimmers, switches, remote controls, USB devices and more. Adding to the more than 70 products now available, an additional 100 wireless home control products that leverage the Z -Wave platform are scheduled to hit major retail outlets before the summer 2005.
"Much has been made of the 'digital home' yet, until now, few steps have been taken to make it a reality for the mass market," said Kirsten West, principal analyst at West Technology Research Solutions. "The Z -Wave Alliance is harnessing the capability of the top players in the home control space, and focusing that energy on one thing -bringing affordable home automation solutions to the consumer today, incorporating Z -Wave as the standard protocol."
"We are delighted to see over 60 companies supporting Z -Wave and joining the Z -Wave Alliance as members. These companies are not just names on an alliance Web site (www.z -wavealliance.com). All of them are actually developing Z -Wave consumer products for residential applications. We are very exited with the commitment of our Z -Wave partners both in quantity and in effort to establish the Z -Wave Alliance" said Per Nathanaelson, CEO, Zensys. "In addition, because Z -Wave is a cost -effective, easy -to -use, and proven technology we expect that our decision to license the technology will drive the adoption of Z -Wave even further as the standard for wireless home control products and advance the home automation market in general."
About Z -Wave
Developed by Zensys, a provider of wireless networking technology for control and status reading applications, Z -Wave is a low -cost, two -way, wireless mesh network communications technology that enables consumers to monitor and manage their lighting, security systems and other home controls easily, conveniently and securely from anywhere in the world. Z -Wave is a fully developed, affordable, easy -to -use and interoperable technology that is available in more than 40 wireless home control and automation products today. For more information about Z -Wave, visit www.zen -sys.com