Leviton, Exception Innovation, and Russound Team up for Z -Wave® Technology Integration

Leviton's popular wireless design leads a new green integration solution for existing and new homes

Denver, September 5, 2008 - Leviton has become one of Exceptional Innovation's Life│ware Connected™ Partners through the latest Z -Wave technology integration with lighting control. Leviton's popular Vizia RF +™ wireless Z -Wave technology home lighting controls are now fully supported by Life│ware™ software from Exceptional Innovation systems and partner Russound® products .

Exceptional Innovation has announced support for Leviton's Vizia RF+ Plug -in Serial Interface Module RS232 (model VRC0P -1L) in their latest Life│ware software, version 2.04. The Vizia RF+ Plug -in Serial Interface Module provides a feature rich, Z -Wave technology ecosystem bridge capability to all certified Z -Wave products, blended with advanced energy management and Leviton's Vizia RF+ lighting controls incorporating Leviton's own proprietary two -way status updating features.

Life│ware software enabled products deliver a powerful software suite that combines integrated lighting control, HVAC, security, touch panels, media servers, entertainment systems, and other key residential subsystems into a single house -wide solution that is the ideal platform for sophisticated energy management applications. With robust Vizia RF + technology support, Leviton is now a partner for seamlessly delivering a popular line of energy efficient Z -Wave technology based wireless lighting control products to Life│ware software certified solutions in both existing and new homes.

"The ability for Life│ware software to now communicate with the popular Vizia RF + products creates a huge opportunity for dealers. Industry pioneering Life│ware software products will impress, every time. Life│ware software compliments the modern appeal of our Vizia RF + products and even takes advantage of our energy -saving features," compliments Grant W Sullivan, Product Marketing Manager at Leviton.

"We are excited that lighting companies are embracing these aspects of control systems," says Steve Cashman, Chief Strategy Officer for Exceptional Innovation. "The addition of Leviton's Z -Wave technology enabled devices offers a compelling solution for dealers looking to enter into the lighting control space."

Leviton has added a slew of innovative design and operating features which all tally up to a substantial number of benefits for end -users and installers. The enhanced wireless dimmers sport the eco -friendly Energy Save Mode and an appealing horizontal DIM/BRIGHT bar with LEDs. The full Vizia RF + product line supports Leviton's own proprietary two -way status updating for Life│ware software based systems.

Life | ware software's control system is an integral part of the six Russound® Smart Media Console (SMC) models. The SMC models are based upon the Intel Core® 2 Duo processor and Windows Vista® Ultimate operating system. Russound's SMC models are divided into three platforms, based upon processor speed, video cards, and storage space. Each platform is available with either an ATSC/NTSC tuner card, or a CableCARD slot. All six models feature DVD drives, RF keyboards and remotes, two front -mounted and six rear mounted USB 2.0/1.1 inputs, front -mounted composite A/V and S -Video outputs, front - and rear -mounted FireWire® jacks, rear -mounted optical S/PDIF output, and 7.1 channel audio outputs. Four models are equipped with DVI -I, HDMI® (video only), S -Video, component video, and composite video connections. Two models at the higher end feature
Dual DVI -I, component video, S -Video, and composite video accommodations.

"Similar to our successful relationship with EI, I truly believe that Russound and Leviton are destined to work together," commented Dave Hanchette, Russound's VP Marketing. "Vizia RF + technology offers an industry -defining selection of products, and the technology is a perfect match for our Smart Media Consoles, which already give our customers the benefit of Life | ware home control software."

About Exceptional Innovation
Exceptional Innovation produces Life│ware, home control software for lighting, thermostats, security systems, cameras and media management systems. Exceptional Innovation's line of elegant, all -digital, high -definition touch panels and robust system controllers round out a complete Life│ware solution. Led by software industry professionals with extensive experience in distributed computing based on open standards and open architecture, Exceptional Innovation combines Microsoft development expertise with years of home control experience to deliver simple, seamless, life -enhancing solutions for the digital home.

About Russound
Since 1967, innovation, quality and reliability have been the pillars of the Russound® product tradition. Located in Newmarket, N.H., Russound, the #1 brand in multiroom audio*, offers the products and expertise customers need to enjoy multiroom audio and video systems in the home. With more than 40 years experience, Russound continues to cater to installation professionals and their customers by pairing powerful systems using the latest technologies with intuitive controls to give customers high -performance, easy -to -use solutions. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.russound.com.

*According to August 2005, 2006 and 2007 studies by EH Research

About Leviton
Leviton's Vizia RF+ product line is quickly becoming the preferred lighting control system utilizing innovative Z -Wave wireless technology. Through major strategic partnerships Leviton is maintaining a high quality product with appealing esthetics, coupled with energy saving benefits and massive market appeal. Leviton is one of the founding members of the Z -Wave Alliance, with the purpose of utilizing, evangelizing, and expanding the power of the wireless Z -Wave technology. This technology is quickly being acknowledged as a leader in wireless home automation and control standards. For more information, contact Leviton Manufacturing Co., 59 -25 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, NY 11362 -2591, or visit www.leviton.com.

Leviton, Vizia RF +, Decora Plus, Decora and the Leviton logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc. in the United States and other countries. Z -Wave is the registered trademark of Zensys A/S Corporation. Exceptional Innovation and Life | ware are trademarks or registered trademarks of Exceptional Innovation LLC and ST Holdings LLC. Russound is the registered trademark of Russound/FMP, Inc.


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