Temecula, CA, Delta, BC Canada and Sheffield, UK (PRWEB) November 15, 2006
Quiet Cool Fans, a leading provider of patent pending whole house ventilation systems; z-Point Products, developer and marketer of z-Points, a comprehensive line of flexible I/O devices for HVAC and industrial applications; and Jennic, a leading manufacturer of single chip wireless microcontrollers for ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 wireless networking applications jointly announce the availability of a new line of whole house ventilation equipment controlled by ZigBee wireless networking technology. The new product line uses “z-Points” based on Jennic’s ZigBee wireless technology to integrate indoor and outdoor temperature sensors, RH (relative humidity) sensors and relays along with a TPC-35 single board Linux computer (from z-Point Products’ parent company Technical Solutions Inc.) to provide homeowners with complete control of the system.
Dana Stevenson, president of Quiet Cool Fans said, “Jennic and z-Point Products’s ZigBee wireless technology provide us with the kind of ultra-reliable control technologies our customer’s demand, at a price very competitive with the X-10 products they replace. In addition, they provide an automatic control system that accepts input from the homeowner with regard to temperature targets and outdoor conditions, taking comfort to a whole new level.”
Harry Kelder, CFO & director of business development for z-Point Products, added, “We developed the z-Point line of flexible and configurable I/O modules to serve both the independent residential & commercial HVAC and the industrial controls contractor who wish to capitalize on the labor and material savings ZigBee wireless technology offers for OEMs who wish to embed the ZigBee wireless technology in their systems.”
He continued, “We selected the JN5121 wireless microcontroller from Jennic based on the flexibility and performance of the platform as well as the application knowledge in the control and automation arena the Jennic team brings to the table. They’re more a business partner to us than just a silicon supplier.”
The Quiet Cool System with ZigBee technology incorporates the z-Point Products and Jennic technologies into every system delivered. As a result, the application will result in over 4,000 ZigBee enabled homes in 2007.
Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance, said, “This is exactly the type of application the Alliance’s members have anticipated at this stage of the adoption curve. It is a solid application with real life cost savings for installers and provides real convenience for consumers of the product. This is what ZigBee is all about.” John Morris, vice president of Americas for Jennic, added, “Jennic entered the ZigBee/IEEE802.15.4 market with the first shipping single-chip IEEE802.15.4 microcontroller in December 2004. It’s not an accident that one of the first commercially available ZigBee-based systems shipping in volume is based on our JN5121 platform. We’re very pleased that Quiet Cool and z-Point Products have been able to deliver a really innovative set of products and this really paves the way for other home automation product vendors to ride the networks which Quiet Cool will deliver over the years.”
About Quiet Cool Fans
Quiet Cool Fans is a leading provider of whole house ventilation systems, bringing a cost effective alternative to traditional air conditioning and improved indoor air quality to home owners worldwide.
About z-Point Products
This division of Techsol was created to deploy robust, wireless technologies into the building automation market, as well as industrial and home automation markets. Techsol’s industrial and security customers have been asking for low-cost, quality wireless communications systems for some time. The company’s advanced Java Gateways (designed for building systems monitoring) have seen a wider range of deployments, from monitoring energy consumption in residential homes, to monitoring server farms in large corporations. But they have been mostly deployed to monitor building automation (BA) and factory automation (FA) systems for the operations and maintenance staff, and those customers who want a means to connect more end-points without the cost of cabling. For more information, visit http://www.z-pointproducts.com.
Jennic is a fabless semiconductor company leading the wireless connectivity revolution by providing wireless microcontrollers for a broad range of applications. Its expertise in systems and software combined with world class RF and digital chip design provides low cost, highly integrated wireless microcontrollers with a focus on the IEEE802.15.4 and ZigBee standards. The company’s products include state-of-the-art low power wireless microcontrollers, modules, development platforms, protocol and application software. Headquartered in Sheffield, UK, Jennic also has offices in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, East and West coast USA. For more information, visit http://www.jennic.com.
ZigBee: Wireless Control That Simply Works
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance membership comprises technology providers and original equipment manufacturers worldwide. Membership is open to all. Additional information can be found at http://www.zigbee.org.
Fiona Davis, Jennic
Tel: +44 (0) 114 281 2655