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Two New Z-Wave Third-Party Test Partners Authorized

June 25, 2008

BuLogics and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) will certify Z-Wave products and accelerate time-to-market.


Fremont, CA -- In response to unprecedented market growth, two new third-party Z-Wave Certification Test Partners have been contracted to provide Z-Wave certification to products demonstrating Z-Wave compliance and interoperability. Z-Wave has been experiencing remarkable growth, including a 30% increase quarter-to-quarter of products submitted for certification. By expanding its Certification Test Partners, Z-Wave will be better equipped to meet the high demand and facilitate faster time-to-market for their partners.

BuLogics, a longstanding member of the Z-Wave Alliance with extensive experience in this standard, and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL), a neutral laboratory dedicated to testing data networking technologies, were selected from a long list of interested parties through a thorough selection process. The labs began testing Z-Wave products earlier this month.

"We are pleased to expand our third-party Z-Wave Certification Test Partners to include BuLogics and UNH-IOL," said Mark Walters, Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. "By adding these highly competent partners to our network of Certification Test Partners, we are not only expanding to meet demand, we are further extending our lead in interoperability. In addition, our certification costs will stay low—less than one-tenth the cost of certification for other standards. This reflects our commitment to affordability, for both our developers and consumers."

The new test labs take Z-Wave certification a step further by providing technologically-advanced equipment and practices, including:

  • A neutral environment for verifying Z-Wave compliance and interoperability

     

  • Highly qualified and trained personnel performing verification tests

     

  • Test labs with state-of-the-art equipment for verifying and debugging Z-Wave compliance

     

  • New measures to comply with the growing demand for faster compliance testing and increased process transparency

"We're looking forward to working with the Z-Wave Alliance to certify Z-Wave-enabled products," stated Jeremy Kent, Senior Technical Staff, R&D, of the UNH-IOL. "Our deep experience testing a variety of home communication technologies combined with our focus on fostering multi-vendor interoperability makes us an ideal partner to bring Z-Wave to the next level."

The UNH-IOL was established in 1988 and currently runs testing programs for more than 20 data networking and storage standards, including Wi-Fi, Ethernet, DSL, VoIP, IPv4, IPv6 and DLNA.

An established Z-Wave product developer, BuLogics has been actively involved in the Z-Wave Alliance's technical activities since its inception. Through its product development, certification testing and collaborative projects with other Z-Wave Alliance members, BuLogics brings a deep technical knowledge and understanding to the Z-Wave certification process.

"Z-Wave is committed to making the certification process as straightforward and affordable as possible to ensure the best compatibility across companies, and we are delighted to have been selected as a Z-Wave Certification Test Partner," said Ryan Buchert, president of BuLogics, Inc. "The Z-Wave Alliance includes some of the strongest and most innovative movers in the marketplace today, and we feel that Z-Wave is well-positioned to establish itself as the standard in wireless home control and automation."

About BuLogics
BuLogics, Inc. develops innovative technology and products to make home automation affordable, accessible and simple to use for the average consumer. A member of the Z-Wave Alliance, BuLogics works closely with Z-Wave compliant device manufacturers, system vendors, distributors and installers that share its vision of fully automated home control for the mainstream market. BuLogics' key focus is on simplicity; and its goal is to produce next-generation home automation technology that is simple to use, install, configure and manage for both partners and consumers.

About the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL)
The UNH-IOL is the only non-profit independent test lab in the world dedicated to improving interoperability between devices and technologies. For 20 years, the UNH-IOL has used its unique partnership between academia and industry to provide cost-effective collaborative testing that brings together equipment manufacturers, standards bodies, and researchers to improve the state of interoperability within the industry while providing invaluable experience for future engineers.

About Z-Wave
Z-Wave brings affordable, reliable and easy-to-use wireless control to every aspect of daily life—the home, consumer electronics, healthcare, and energy use, to name a few. 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. 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 more than 170 products. Z-Wave is the recipient of the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the wireless category, the CNET "Best of CES Award" in the enabling technologies category, along with PC World's World Class Award, which recognizes the 100 best technologies and products of the year.


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