Verizon Joins the Z-Wave Alliance

Z-Wave Technology Helps Verizon Deliver Innovative Connected Home Services for Customers

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 22, 2012) - The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies dedicated to promoting Z-Wave as the standard in wireless home control, with close to 600 interoperable products world-wide, today announced the addition of Verizon as its newest Alliance member. Verizon joins an impressive list of industry leaders in the Z-Wave Alliance, including: 2Gig Technologies, Danfoss, Evolve Guest Controls, Fakro, Sigma Designs, Ingersoll Rand, and Jasco Products.

"The Z-Wave Alliance is eager to welcome Verizon as an Alliance member," said Mark Walters, chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. "This membership is an extension of our partnership that was formed with the debut of Verizon's connected home products last year. We look forward to continuing this partnership as Verizon extends its home control offerings."

In October 2011, Verizon launched its connected home solution, Verizon Home Monitoring and Control, which uses Z-Wave. With this offering, Verizon provides a variety of home monitoring and energy management capabilities enabled by Z-Wave technology, which provides a cohesive experience across platforms. With the Verizon connected home solution, consumers can do things like monitor their home's energy usage and control appliances and electronics remotely with a computer, smartphone, FiOS TV, and tablets.

"Verizon's home monitoring and control service provides customers convenient, anytime, anywhere access and control to one of the most important things in their lives -- their home," said Ann Shaub, a director of product management for Verizon. "The Z-Wave ecosystem seamlessly connects a whole host of devices and allows our customers to control them from a computer, smartphone, or TV."

Verizon is focused on breaking down old technology boundaries to create a borderless world where work, play and home become one virtual reality. The company's goal is to provide anytime, anywhere connectivity to the information and the entertainment end users want on any device. Verizon anticipates that the connected home market will continue to grow in 2012.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with nearly 109 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 194,000. For more information, visit

About Z-Wave
Z-Wave is an award-winning, proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that allows a wide array of devices in and around the home to communicate including lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment centers, and security systems. Developed by Sigma Designs, Z-Wave brings many benefits to everyday life including remote home monitoring, home healthcare, safety, and security, and energy conservation. Z-Wave certified products are currently available from leading consumer brands in close to 600 products world-wide. For more information about Z-Wave, please visit

About the Z-Wave Alliance
Formed in January 2005, the Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of more than 160 leading companies in the home technology space dedicated to solidifying Z-Wave as the standard for wireless home control products. The principal members include 2Gig Technologies, Danfoss, Evolve Guest Controls, FAKRO, Ingersoll Rand, Jasco Products Company and Sigma Designs. Its members lead the home controls market, providing leading edge products and systems that deliver increased comfort, convenience, energy conservation, safety, and security. Z-Wave technology is the foundation of all products manufactured by the Alliance members. For more information about the Z-Wave Alliance, visit

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