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Initiative provides growing Security, Monitoring and Automation (SMA) market with much needed support ecosystem

BOSTON, OCTOBER 26, 2010 Ember announced it is among the first companies to join the newly formed OpenSMA program, an industry group committed to the growth and development of the Security, Monitoring and Automation (SMA) market. OpenSMA is spearheaded by uControl, a major SMA technology provider and Ember partner.
 
Ember fully supports the OpenSMA belief that an open, collaborative approach is necessary to make everything in the connected home work, and work together. Emberwill work with other OpenSMA members to develop and seamlessly deliver the digital/connected home experience to consumers. The effort will ensure compatibility and integration across all members’ products and services.
 
OpenSMA has five membership categories: service providers, platform hardware, lifestyle devices, apps and infrastructure. Ember, which develops ZigBee and other wireless mesh networking systems, has a unique position within OpenSMA in that it develops enabling technology that can be used by a wide range of members’ SMA products. Ember’s ZigBee networking systems – chips, software and tools –simplify the complexity of developing low-power, wireless products in SMA, Smart Energy and other remote monitoring and control applications.
 
“Vendor interoperability combined with a rich ecosystem of security and automation products and services will make or break this market,” stated Ember Vice President Dennis Natale. “Openness, standards and multivendor cooperation is crucial for mass adoption of SMA systems in this new era of the connected home. Consumers expect it. OpenSMA will ensure it.”
 
The newly launched OpenSMA website (www.OpenSMA.com) is the hub for details about the program and announcements – such as new members, as well as event details, whitepapers and member news. OpenSMA membership information can also be found at OpenSMA.com.  
 
About Ember
Ember Corporation (www.ember.com) develops wireless mesh networking technology – chips, software, tools - for Smart Energy, connected homes, as well as many other monitoring and control applications enabling greener living and work environments. The Boston-based company is a promoter of the ZigBee Alliance with an IC design center in Cambridge, England, office in Hong Kong and sales channels worldwide.
 
About OpenSMA:
Launched in the Fall of 2010 by uControl, OpenSMA is an industry program committed to the growth and development of the home security, monitoring and automation (SMA) market. OpenSMA is focused on open, technology-agnostic standards and a collaboration of the widest variety of players who power the connected home. OpenSMA members comprise service providers, platform hardware makers, lifestyle device companies, application developers and infrastructure players. The OpenSMA program fosters complete compatibility and integration across all members’ products and services, all of which are built on uControl’s SMA platform. Members include companies like Comporium, Ember, SMC Networks, and OpenSMA founder uControl. For more, see www.OpenSMA.com.
 
ZigBee: Control your world
ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting dramatically different devices to work together and enhance everyday life. The ZigBee Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 300 member companies driving development of ZigBee wireless technology. The Alliance promotes world-wide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer electronics, energy, health care, home, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: www.zigbee.org.
 
Ember, Ember Enabled, EmberZNet, InSight and the Ember logo are trademarks of Ember Corporation. ZigBee is a trademark of the ZigBee Alliance. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.



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