ZigBee Products: The Future is Now; ZigBee Offers Sneak Peek: First Products Including Home Automation, Safety, Medical Devices, Automated Meter Reading

CONNECTIONS 2006: The Digital Home Conference Booth #317

SAN RAMON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 1, 2006–The ZigBee(TM) Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in home, commercial and industrial applications, today announced that several of its members will be demonstrating end-user products based on ZigBee technology at this year’s Connections show (http://www.connectionsconference.com) running May 2-4, 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. ZigBee members will be exhibiting at booth #317.

ZigBee products on display from Cambridge Consultants, Control4, Golden Power, Nuri Telecom, Raymarine and Vantage Controls at the show include:
— Automated household lighting, entertainment, heating and cooling
— Home network control allowing consumers the ability to control their lights and entertainment systems using a cell phone
— In-home patient monitoring of vital health signs
— Automated meter reading for remote reading of water, gas or electric meters for utilities
— Marine safety system via wireless crew monitoring and man overboard alert system

“This is a sampling of the products available today and the market can expect to see more products throughout the year,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “ZigBee Alliance members have been very thorough in developing the ideal wireless networking standard for sensor networks and as a result, ZigBee has multiple suppliers providing the core technology used in these wireless products. You won’t see ZigBee members sitting idle because of supply delays nor waiting months for a product enhancement from a single source supplier. They’re innovating, producing and generating revenue.”

Ten ZigBee member companies will be demonstrating their innovations at the show. Attendees will have the opportunity to see products that are ready for purchase as well as a wide range of ZigBee technologies offered by members. ZigBee Alliance members will be on display in the ZigBee Pavilion at Connections.

ZigBee Certified Product(R)

The ZigBee Certification program announced this January ensures that products are fully interoperable “out of box” and can easily participate in a ZigBee network. This seal of approval allows consumers to shop with confidence as Alliance members introduce a variety of ZigBee-based solutions. Member companies are currently preparing to test their ZigBee-ready products, including products currently on sale. Once testing is complete, these products can be fully branded as “ZigBee Certified” and prominently display an appropriate ZigBee Certified logo.

ZigBee: Wireless Control That Simply Works

The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance membership comprises technology providers and original equipment manufacturers worldwide. Membership is open to all.

Additional information can be found at www.zigbee.org.