October 27, 2008

HomeGrid Forum and CABA Ink Liaison Agreement to Promote Development and Deployment of Advanced Intelligent Home Networks

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) and HomeGrid Forum are pleased to announce a liaison agreement between the two industry associations. The agreement reinforces the broad and growing industry support for G.hn -- the International Telecommunication Union's next generation networking standard -- which promises to dramatically simplify connecting intelligent devices throughout the home.

"CABA is dedicated to promoting technology and integrated systems for the automation of homes and buildings in North America," said Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "We believe that HomeGrid's efforts in conjunction with ITU-T G.hn will make it easy for consumers to connect devices and enjoy innovative applications using existing home wiring, both in North America and worldwide."

"For more than two decades, CABA members have contributed to and influenced development and deployment of intelligent home technologies," stated Matthew Theall, President of HomeGrid Forum. "HomeGrid-certified products will further fulfill CABA's goals by simplifying connectivity over any wire in the home, enabling a broad range of consumer applications, including easy sharing of photo, audio, and video content."

The liaison agreement between CABA and HomeGrid will enable the organizations to cooperate on the promotion and delivery of next generation home networking applications through joint marketing, compliance and interoperability testing and research sharing, and collaboration with relevant regulatory bodies.

About CABA

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a leading industry association that promotes advanced technologies in homes and buildings in North America. The organization is supported by an international membership of nearly 350 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation, and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations including utilities and government are also members. More information is available at www.caba.org.

About HomeGrid Forum

HomeGrid Forum is a global, non-profit trade group promoting the International Telecommunication Union's G.hn standardization efforts for next-generation home networking. HomeGrid Forum promotes adoption of G.hn through technical and marketing efforts, addresses certification and interoperability of G.hn-compliant products, and cooperates with complementary industry alliances. More information is available at www.homegridforum.org.

About G.hn

The members of the ITU-T's G.hn Rapporteur Group are creating a specification for a single MAC/PHY technology which can run over coaxial cable, phone lines, or power lines. G.hn participants include service providers, consumer electronics and information technology manufacturers, and component and intellectual property providers from around the world.