Z-Wave Announces 500th Certified Product

July 7, 2011

Somfy Systems’ ZRTSI bridge controller brings the company’s interior and exterior wireless control motors for window coverings, light switches, dimmers, thermostats/HVAC systems, and motion sensors into the Z-Wave ecosystem.

MILPITAS, CA /Marketwire/ -- The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies, dedicated to establishing Z-Wave as the standard in wireless home control, achieved another major milestone, announcing its 500th Z-Wave-certified product. This milestone comes on the heels of other recent announcements, including Sigma Designs' naming Mitsumi as a licensed second source for Z-Wave wireless RF technology and the deployment of the largest single installations of Z-Wave at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, with 65,000 devices. GreenWave Reality's Home Energy Management solution, a smart meter reader for the European market from NorthQ ApS and four new lighting controls from GE/Jasco were also recently added to the Z-Wave ecosystem.

"This 500th certified product milestone is the result of a long history of innovation and customer focus, and is reflective of the high-quality, industry-leading brands Z-Wave brings to market," stated Raoul Wijgergangs, Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. "Our broad portfolio has enabled Z-Wave to deliver market-leading home control solutions across multiple channels, from service providers and security companies to hospitality, builder/installer, utility companies, and retailers. In addition, this growth has enabled our reach beyond U.S. and Europe into emerging home services markets in Japan, Brazil, and China."

The 500th product certified is a Z-Wave bridge controller from alliance member Somfy Systems Inc., the "world's leading manufacturer of specialized motors and control systems for retractable awnings, rolling shutters, interior shades, blinds, projection screens, and other lift-up applications for the home." The bridge controller, ZRTSI, opens Somfy's full range of interior and exterior wireless control motors for window coverings, light switches, dimmers, thermostats/HVAC systems, and motion sensors to the Z-Wave interoperable ecosystem.

"We're excited that the ZRTSI has been confirmed as the 500th certified Z-Wave product," added Steve Iommi, HTI Business Development Manager. "Z-Wave offers more interoperable products to our customers than any other wireless standard, and we're honored to be a part of this great news. There are more than 10 million Somfy RTS controlled interior and exterior window coverings installed around the world! The ZRTSI is not only a bridge between technologies; it's a bridge between major business channels."

Z-Wave provides an end-to-end solution that allows the homeowner to wirelessly manage and control lighting, thermostats, appliances and home entertainment systems from anywhere in the world. The Z-Wave certification process is extensive and those products that achieve certification can be identified by the Z-Wave logo on their packaging. All Z-Wave certified products are interoperable, making it easy to build a Z-Wave home network. Z-Wave products are being implemented in homes around the world by builders, installers, service providers and security companies, including ADT, and are currently available in major retail and e-retail stores including Best Buy, Fry's and

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 500 products worldwide.

About the Z-Wave Alliance
Formed in January 2005, the Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of 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, Cooper Wiring Devices, Danfoss, Evolve Guest Controls, FAKRO, Ingersoll-Rand, Leviton, 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.

Z-Wave is a registered trade mark of Sigma Designs and its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries.

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