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Department of Energy Chooses Dust Networks for Advanced Lighting Control Project
[February 03, 2005]

Department of Energy Chooses Dust Networks for Advanced Lighting Control Project

BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Dust Networks(TM), (, the leading provider of enterprise-class low-power wireless mesh networking systems, today announced that it has been chosen by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to participate in an initiative aimed at making America's commercial and residential buildings more energy efficient. Through this investment, Dust Networks will work with SVA Lighting, USA and Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to create an advanced lighting system that will enable organizations to implement wireless lighting control strategies without incurring hefty wiring costs.

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said, "these new technologies will save enormous amounts of energy in homes and commercial buildings." According to Francis Rubinstein, Staff Scientist for Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, "Lighting needs in America's commercial and residential buildings currently account for 600 billion kilowatt-hours or approximately 30% of total building electricity use. Advanced lighting control systems can dramatically reduce the amount of energy used for lighting while increasing occupant comfort. Based on previous studies, energy-saving strategies have the potential to reduce lighting energy consumption annually by more than 40%. With a concerted effort to retrofit existing U.S. buildings with wireless lighting controls, the potential savings in the U.S. is more than $8 billion annually."
"Right now dimmable fluorescent ballasts make up 1-2% of the U.S. lighting ballast market," said Steve Purdy Director of Sales and Marketing for SVA Lighting. "Today, the market penetration of this energy-saving technology is limited by the total installed costs. With Dust Networks' SmartMesh networks, we will be able to dramatically reduce the installation cost, enabling widespread adoption of advanced lighting control systems."
"This initiative to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs is another example of the vast potential of wireless sensor networking for building automation solutions," said Joy Weiss, President and CEO of Dust Networks. "We are pleased to be working with such distinguished partners as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and SVA Lighting, and to have the support of the United States Department of Energy in this important effort."
About Dust Networks
Dust Networks(TM) provides low-power wireless mesh networking systems to solution providers, integrators and OEMs for enterprise-class monitoring and control applications. Dust Networks' SmartMesh(TM) combines sophisticated mesh networking software and low-power wireless nodes to provide unmatched reliability, manageability and ease of implementation. SmartMesh enables unprecedented access to information about the physical world, allowing companies to monitor and control processes and systems for increased efficiency and enhanced profitability. For more information, please visit
About Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California. For more information see
About SVA Lighting, USA, Inc.
SVA Lighting designs and manufactures lighting products for the North American market. Products include electronic fluorescent ballast, transformers, lighting fixtures and lighting related components. In addition SVA Lighting provides contract manufacturing for the US lighting industry. {}
About the U.S. Department of Energy
The Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. For more information, please visit
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