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MeshNetics Wins Frost & Sullivan Product Line Strategy Award

September 18, 2008

The business research and consulting firm recognized the wireless technology provider for the introduction of its 900 MHz ZigBee PRO platform.


SAN FRANCISCO /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- MeshNetics, a leading provider of ZigBee modules and embedded software for OEMs and system integrators, announced at the Frost & Sullivan 4th Annual Growth Innovation and Leadership Congress in San Francisco, CA, that it has won the 2008 North American Wireless Sensors Product Line Strategy of the Year award. With this award, Frost & Sullivan recognized MeshNetics' introduction of "the world's first 900 MHz ZigBee PRO platform," complementing its line of 2.4 GHz ZigBee RF modules.

"ZigBee modules from MeshNetics have set a groundbreaking new standard by shrinking size, expanding operating range, and extending battery life," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst V Sankaranarayanan. "In both ZigBit Amp and ZigBit 900 module, MeshNetics has dramatically enhanced the performance and reduced the size of the product. Its ZigBee modules provide best-in-class range while minimizing power consumption. As a result, OEMs and system integrators are now turning to MeshNetics as the prime source to ZigBee-enable their products."

MeshNetics' ZigBee product line includes the industry-leading 802.15.4/ZigBee modules for both the 2.4 GHz and sub-1 GHz ISM bands. ZigBit 900 was the "world's first RF module for sub-1 GHz band to use the ZigBee PRO Feature Set." The new module offers record-breaking range and is designed to operate in the 915-MHz ISM band in the U.S. and 868 MHz band in Europe. The amplified 2.4 GHz RF module, the ZigBit Amp, offers a unique combination of best-in-class range and very low power consumption. The patented dual-chip antenna design featured in the ZigBit A2, an ultra-compact 2.4 GHz RF module, helps extend operating range without sacrificing power consumption. BitCloud, a robust 802.15.4-2006/ZigBee PRO Feature Set, ships with all MeshNetics' ZigBee modules, along with an easy-to-use AT commands set.

"We are honored to accept this award from the world's leading analysts," said Alexey Rybakov, Managing Director of MeshNetics' ZigBit business unit. "Our goal was to become a ZigBee house of choice for OEMs and system integrators by providing them with the ultimate selection of the ZigBee-enabling components for their wireless products and solutions. Now we are proud to offer both hardware components and embedded software for 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz bands, along with comprehensive engineering support—all from a single source. This award comes as an important acknowledgment that we are on the right track."

"MeshNetics has demonstrated more insight into customer needs and product demands than their competitors," added Sankaranarayanan. "By leveraging various price, performance, and feature points required by the market, MeshNetics was able to find just the right mix of products. All of these elements combined to make MeshNetics a clear winner in this contest."

MeshNetics will continue pushing the envelope of innovation by enhancing the performance of its ZigBee products to offer a better value to OEMs and system integrators. New MeshNetics products for both 2.4 GHz and sub-1GHz ISM bands are coming soon, aimed at ZigBee-enabling products and solutions in energy-efficiency management, advanced metering infrastructure, building and industrial automation, preventive maintenance, and more.

About Best Practices Awards
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, partners with clients to accelerate their growth. The company's TEAM Research, Growth Consulting, and Growth Team Membership empower clients to create a growth-focused culture that generates, evaluates, and implements effective growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan employs over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses, and the investment community from more than 30 offices on six continents.

About MeshNetics
MeshNetics makes the "industry's highest performance IEEE802.15.4/ZigBee wireless modules with the best-in-class range, longest battery life, and the smallest footprint." MeshNetics is a single source of ZigBee modules, networking software, technical support, and design services. This combination of products and services achieves faster time to market and significant cost savings for OEMs and system integrators. MeshNetics products are used to create reliable, self-healing wireless networks that enable solutions in building automation, energy efficiency, HVAC, AMR, predictive maintenance, asset tracking, and other application areas.


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