Z-Wave Alliance Expands Global Reach to Japan
MILPITAS, CA, Aug 20, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
The Z-Wave Alliance, an international consortium of companies that
oversee the world's largest interoperable ecosystem for wireless
control products and services, today announced that it has expanded
its global reach to Japan, a move that coincides with the newly
approved radio frequency range for low-power RF device usage in that
country. As a result, Z-Wave-based control and automation devices for
smart homes and small business can be now used in the Japanese market
without the need for radio station licensing.
"This is another important step in our continued growth and world
market leadership," stated Mark Walters, Chairman at the Z-Wave
Alliance. "The new radio band for low-power RF device usage for
control and automation applications in Japan will provide our members
with the opportunity to expand their business into this vital new
market. The newly allocated band is already supported by hardware
platforms from Alliance members Sigma Designs and Mitsumi Electric
With the Japanese ruling now official, the Alliance immediately
announced the first Z-Wave Certified products for this new band, a
commercial LED controller and dimmer from IWATSU Electric Company
Ltd. that will save energy in commercial lighting applications.
"While other control and automation technologies are still
'examining' this market, Z-Wave Alliance members are shipping
products," stated Mr. Walters This announcement comes fast on the
heels of the Alliance's 650th certified product announced in June of
this year. These certifications further demonstrate the rapid
worldwide growth of Z-Wave as the key enabler of the "Internet of
The Z-Wave Alliance also announced that it has named industry
veteran, Hitoshi Kubota, as the Z-Wave Alliance Evangelist in Japan.
Mr.Kubota has more than 40 years of professional experience in the
computer and network industry. Most recently he served as the senior
advisor for companies in energy management industry as Smart Grid
Architect. Mr. Kubota will work to ensure Z-Wave's rapid adoption in
the Japanese market and its use to solve important challenges in
energy, aging and other automation and control applications. Mr.
Kubota can be reached at email@example.com.
Z-Wave Evangelists are respected industry representatives and
spokespersons for the Z-Wave Alliance. Z-Wave Evangelist serve as
main regional contacts for media relations, industry events,
conferences, speaking engagements, recruiting, and as implementers of
Z-Wave Alliance related programs.
About Z-Wave Technology:
Z-Wave is an international wireless
standard for intelligent, interoperable, low-power, RF mesh
networking technology. This powerful smart chip and compact protocol
enable two-way RF communications amongst Z-Wave enabled devices, thus
allowing products and services from multiple manufacturers to work
seamlessly. Z-Wave continues to be the technology of choice for
industry leaders representing: Home Automation, Remote Home/Health
Monitoring, Home Entertainment, Smart Home Control, Energy Management
and Connected Home Services. Z-Wave enabled products represent the
world's largest ecosystem of interoperable smart products.
About The Z-Wave Alliance:
Established in 2005, the Z-Wave Alliance
is an open consortium of leading companies worldwide dedicated to
delivering affordable, reliable easy-to-use, wireless home control
products and services. With more than 600 interoperable products
certified and over 160 members, the Alliance represents the largest
ecosystem of wireless control products in existence and the global,
brand-recognized companies that bring these products and services to
market. The Alliance supports its members with marketing, networking,
technical forums, training, best practices, test and certification
tools and a complete interoperability lab. For more information on or
to join the Alliance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Z-Wave(R) is a registered trade mark of Sigma Designs and its
subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.
1778 McCarthy Blvd.
Milpitas, CA 95035
Sprengel & Partner GmbH
Tel.: +49 (26 61) 912 600
Fax: +49 (26 61) 912 6013
SOURCE: Sigma Designs
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