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"Z-Wave" Wins 2006 World Class Award From PC World

"Z-Wave" Wins 2006 World Class Award From PC World

MENLO PARK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/31/06 -- Z-Wave, the market leading wireless home control technology, was honored today by PC World with a 2006 World Class Award -- one of The 100 Best Products of the Year. Winners were announced in the July 2006 issue of PC World, which is available online now and will be on newsstands June 13th.

Z-Wave is a low-cost, wireless mesh technology designed to monitor and manage residential control systems such as lighting, home entertainment, HVAC, security and appliances.

"Z-Wave is going to do the same thing to your home that the remote control did to TV," said Tony Shakib, CEO of Zensys, the developer of Z-Wave. "Z-Wave certified products are proven, always work together and immediately increase the safety, comfort and convenience in your home."

Since January, Zensys has received strategic investments from both Cisco and Intel, which speaks further to the momentum growing behind Z-Wave as the leading solution for wireless home and entertainment control. The Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of over 125 companies developing Z-Wave-enabled products and services and in less than two years the Z-Wave ecosystem of products has already reached more than 150, with 300 plus Z-Wave products expected to be on the market by the end of 2006.

Celebrating its 24th year, the respected World Class Awards honor products that meld practical features with innovation and reflect the rapidly changing technology marketplace. To select the winners, PC World's editors examined hundreds of products, including those that have appeared in the magazine over the past 12 months. The 100 winning products and services were selected for their exemplary design and usability, features, performance, innovation and price.

"Products that win PC World's World Class Awards set the standard for excellence in the IT and consumer electronics industries," stated Harry McCracken, editor in chief of PC World. "From notebook computers and security software to music players and Web sites, the editors reward the most outstanding performers in this annual awards program. Congratulations to Z-Wave and its developer, Zensys."

About Z-Wave and Zensys

Zensys is a leading provider of wireless networking technology for control and status reading applications. The company's Z-Wave(TM) technology is a low-cost, two-way, mesh network communications technology which enables everyday devices to be controlled and monitored wirelessly and securely from anywhere in the world. Z-Wave is a fully developed, proven, affordable, easy-to-use and interoperable technology that is available in more than 150 wireless home control and automation products today. Zensys offers a family of low-cost, low-power, integrated MCU/Transceiver chips embedded with Z-Wave, as well as a suite of development tools and services making it easy for companies to develop wireless products for residential and light commercial applications including lighting and appliance control, home entertainment, energy management, access control, security, and building automation. For more information about Z-Wave and Zensys, visit www.zen-sys.com.

About the Z-Wave Alliance

Formed in January 2005, the Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of leading companies in the home technology space dedicated to solidifying Z-Wave as the standard for wireless home control products. The principal members include Danfoss, Intel, Intermatic, Leviton, Monster, Wayne-Dalton, Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) and Zensys. Its members lead the home controls market, providing leading edge products and systems that deliver increased comfort, convenience, safety and security. Z-Wave technology is the foundation of all products manufactured by the Alliance members. For more information about the Z-Wave Alliance, visit www.z-wavealliance.com.

Contact:
Emily Mason
Ruder Finn for Zensys/Z-Wave Alliance
312-329-3975
[email protected]

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