European Home Control Summit

| 21 maart 2008
Copenhagen/Frankfurt, 20. March 2008 - As part of the 1st European Home Control Summit, taking place in Frankfurt/Main from 8th to 9th April, Z-Wave Alliance will be presenting solutions which reduce heating costs and electricity consumption in each and every household. The use of Z-Wave-based “wireless" radiator thermostats alone, for example, can lower heating costs by up to 30 percent: for the average household, that means savings of up to EURO 500.00 a year. Alongside the thermostats, the Summit will showcase solutions which also bring considerable reductions in other household electricity consumption.
In recent years, world-wide electricity and heating costs have sky-rocketed, particularly in Europe. Heaters and radiators are Germany’s biggest energy consumer, yet essential for home comfort. According to the Heizspiegel, the independent body for heating cost comparisons in Germany, fuel oil costs have risen by 44.3 percent since 2000 and gas costs by 57.8 percent. According to a German independent watchdog agency electricity costs have also risen by an average of 50 percent since 2000. An increasing number of Germans are looking to deal with the drastic price rises through economy. 73 percent of those questioned by the polling institute FORSA said they wished to save on energy costs in 2008. House and apartment owners in older buildings in particular are being forced to practice economy due to the rapid rise in energy prices.
“In such a situation, the industry faces the challenge of providing consumers with the means necessary so that they themselves can economize", explains Bernd Grohmann, Senior Director, Product Marketing at Zensys. “Z-Wave technology makes it possible exactly to control or adjust energy consumption for each device, each room or the entire house. The use of a wide range of sensors and controllers means that consumers may now, at any time, adjust their home environment to meet their desired energy consumption level.”
A large number of inexpensive Z-Wave products are already available. These allow the consumer significantly reduce his energy consumption. Companies such as Danfoss, Merten, Innovus, Seluxit, Everspring, düwi, Hawking, and Horstmann have already launched home control products in the European market which allow energy costs to be monitored and controlled.
The Danish Electricity Savings Trust recommends Z-Wave
Z-Wave’s role in saving energy is also demonstrated in a recent study published by the Danish Electricity Saving Trust (DEST), an influential state non-profit organization which assists consumers and public institutions in saving energy. The trust has recommended Z-Wave as the ideal technology for use in the wireless home communication sector. As Göran Wilke, Head of Secretariat at the Danish Electricity Saving Trust, put it: “The Trust recommends Z-Wave for various reasons. It is not only an open standard which allows products from various manufacturers to be combined and thus simpler, better value third-party products to be developed; Z-Wave also offers customers enormous potential to save money and energy.”
Other topics at the European Home Control Summit are:
- Home Control: OEM perspectives
- The trend towards Unified Home Control™
- Remote Home Management – a lucrative business for service providers
- Comfort and lifestyle – how Home Control makes life easier
- Greater security – driving consumer acceptance
- Z-Wave Eco-System – advantages for OEMs and consumers
… and many more topics. You will find the complete agenda and registration page at:
About Z-Wave    
Z-Wave® is the first technology to bring affordable, reliable and easy-to-use wireless control to every aspect of daily life – the home, consumer electronics, healthcare, and energy use, to name a few.  Z-Wave is an award-winning, proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that allows a wide array of devices in and around the home to communicate including lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment centers, and security systems. Z-Wave brings many benefits to everyday life including remote home monitoring, home healthcare, safety and security, and energy conservation.  Z-Wave certified products are currently available from leading consumer brands in more than 225 products. Z-Wave is the recipient of the 2006 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the wireless category, the CNET “Best of CES Award” in the enabling technologies category, along with PC World’s 2006 World Class Award, which recognizes the 100 best technologies and products of the year. For more information about Z-Wave please visit

First European Home Control Summit (hosted by Z-Wave-Alliance) is taking place parallel to “Light + Building 2008“ in Frankfurt/Main
Copenhagen/Frankfurt, 19. February 2008 - The Z-Wave-Alliance will present the first European “Wireless Home Control Summit“ on April 9, 2008 at the Marriott Hotel Frankfurt/Main. High-powered international experts in the sector, such as the renowned market-research institution, Parks Associates, the chip manufacturer Zensys (the developer of the Z-Wave standard) and  representatives of the Z-Wave Alliance which includes ”Global Players” such as Intel, Danfoss, Logitech, Leviton, Intermatic and Merten, will present trends, market developments, technologies, solutions and products for the European and international Home Control market. The Summit kicks off with the “Z-Wave Lounge”, a casual get-together (from 4 PM to 7 PM in the evening of April 8) – followed by the one-day conference which includes a special exhibit of interoperable wireless home control products on April 9, 2008.
According to market researchers’ findings, the European Home Control market will more than double in less than 12 months. How European companies can benefit from these fast-growing markets is a central focus of the European Home Control Summit The current main drivers of growth for the rapidly-expanding European Home Control market are energy-saving solutions, security applications and measures to gain comfort in the residential setting –along with the wide availability of reasonably-priced, standard-based and inter-operable chip technologies, such as Z-Wave. Speaking in context of these key drivers, market researchers, large companies, leading consultants, and top presenters from the industrial and merchandising sectors will provide a comprehensive overview of the development of the international and European markets. The current and future fields of application, and trends/technologies for Home Control will also be on the summit agenda.
Additional topics at the European Home Control Summit Conference:
- Home Control from the OEM perspective
- “Green” home solutions – Made feasible though home control
- Safety & security – Applications beyond alarm systems and smoke detectors
- Remote Home Management – A profitable business for service providers
- Convenience and comfort – How Home Control makes life easier
- TCP/IP convergence – Home Control and the Internet  
- Z-Wave Eco-System – Advantages for OEMs and consumers