'Thinking Homes' now supports Z-wave


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BOCA RATON, Fla. & LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- Jan. 6, 2005 OpenPeak Inc., a leading provider of software enabling control of digital content, consumer electronics and systems in the Digital Home, today announced the company's flagship Thinking Homes software supports the Zensys Z-Wave wireless control protocol used in devices from Sylvania, Leviton, Carrier and other major manufacturers.

Z-Wave is an RF-based, two-way mesh networking protocol for wireless control of home devices, such as lights, HVAC and security systems.

"By extending our interoperability to support devices using Z-Wave networking technology - while still supporting devices controlled through other networking protocols - we continue working toward our mission of making technology invisible and seamless to the consumer in the Digital Home," said Andrew Lona, OpenPeak's Chief Marketing Officer.

Thinking Homes software already enables control of consumer electronics and other home devices via IR, serial, WiFi and Ethernet networks. "Adding Z-Wave technology to the protocols we support makes OpenPeak-powered controllers even more essential for consumers building Digital Homes with various devices, technologies and protocols," Lona added.

Thinking Homes software, which is designed to be integrated into products by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), offers simplicity of setup and control for consumers.

Paul O'Donovan, Principal Analyst at Gartner, said, "OpenPeak's solutions for interoperability across a wide range of consumer electronics technologies offer consumers and OEMs a roadmap toward the goal of the Digital Home. The keyword offered by OpenPeak is simplicity. As our homes absorb increasingly more sophisticated technology, being able to control this technology is becoming crucial to success in this segment. OpenPeak has incorporated the key elements of simplicity, ease-of-use and low cost in developing its offerings."


OpenPeak Inc. creates innovative software that enables a simple user interface for WiFi control of consumer electronics, digital media, computers and home systems. The company's consumer-friendly software applications are designed for use by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in their products. Using devices equipped with OpenPeak's unique interface software, consumers are able to wirelessly control and distribute digital content as well as control consumer electronics and home systems. OpenPeak also creates hardware reference designs for devices that enable the Digital Home, such as WiFi-IR and WiFi-Serial bridges. The company's software has been licensed to Philips Consumer Electronics and other OEM partners will be announced soon. The privately held company is based in Boca Raton, Florida. Additional information about the company is available at http://www.openpeak.com.

OpenPeak is a member of: WiFi Alliance, UPnP Forum, Intel Developer Network for the Digital Home, Digital Living Network Alliance and Apple Developer Connection.