Monday, April 24, 2006

Intel Invests in Zensys for Wireless Home Control

Intel has made an investment in Zensys, a start-up based in Menlo Park, California that is developing mesh networking technology for wireless home control and automation. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Zensys' Z-Wave is a low-cost, interoperable RF-based wireless mesh networking technology that is already available in wireless home control and automation products from leading consumer brands. The technology can be used for digital control of a wide array of home devices including lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment, access and security systems and more.

The news follows closely on the heels of Intel and Monster joining the Z-Wave Alliance as principal members. The Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of 125+ companies - including Linksys, Zensys, Leviton, Logitech, Intermatic, Wayne Dalton, Danfoss and Universal Electronics - that are actively developing Z-Wave-enabled products and technologies for residential home control applications.

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