Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sigma Designs VP Speaks About New Roles for Wireless Home Controls and Z-Wave at Connections 2009

Sigma Designs, Inc., a leader in digital media processing system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for consumer electronics, today announced that Ken Lowe, Sigma’s vice president of strategic marketing, will be speaking at this year’s Parks Associates CONNECTIONS™ Digital Living Conference. The panel, titled “Wireless Home Controls: New Roles and Functionality”, is scheduled for Thursday, June 4 at 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. PT in Ballroom F. The CONNECTIONS conference kicks off on Tuesday, June 2 and runs through Thursday, June 4 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

Lowe will discuss wireless home controls and share his thoughts on the future of in-home mesh networks, what new technologies home enthusiasts can expect in the next few years and how Sigma’s Z-Wave devices accessed over the Internet can create a revolution in the wireless home network.

“Enabling wireless home control networks that can also be accessed from the Internet is an exciting next step in the direction of a modern digital home,” says Lowe. “With the continuous advancement of Z-Wave technology, consumers are now able to install a set of fully interoperable dimmers, switches, thermostats, cameras, and other home devices with the convenience of accessing them through their laptop or cell phone. With the focus on controlling energy use in the home, hundreds of Z-Wave products provide an off-the-shelf solution with this new remote management technology.”

Moderated by Bill Ablondi, Director of Home Systems Research at Parks Associates, panelists will discuss how the advancements in wireless technologies enable new configurations and opportunities in the connected home. This panel will discuss the technology trends, market opportunities, and design challenges in bringing new capabilities to market in familiar packages. Examples include a universal remote control (URC) that controls lights or locks the front door via a mobile phone or the ability for installers to connect security systems to garage doors, lighting controls, and HVAC systems.

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