HomePlug® Powerline Alliance Invites Companies to Help Establish Command & Control Standard

The alliance's Request for Proposal (RFP) is expected to generate responses from industry-leading proponents of low-cost control technologies

SAN RAMON, CA- July 29, 2005 - The HomePlug® Powerline Alliance today announced that it has commenced the next stage of its effort to develop a specification for an advanced command and control technology, known as HPCC (HomePlug Command & Control). This low-speed, very low-cost specification is intended to complement the alliance's higher-speed powerline communications technologies: HomePlug 1.0, HomePlug AV, and HomePlug BPL.

The alliance's command and control specification will enable advanced, whole-house control of lighting, appliances, climate control, security and other devices. The specification will address the growing need for low-cost yet high-performance and reliable technology for home control.

"Market projections indicate that by 2007 and 2008, millions of command and control nodes will be sold each month," said Pete Griffin, chairman of the alliance and Director of Technology for Radio Shack Corporation. "Having already built standards for high-speed powerline communications, the alliance is looking to create that key market-unifying standard that will increase the total market for command and control applications."

Providers of powerline signaling technology are requested to take part in the process and offer their technology for this exciting opportunity.

"For the past thirty years, home control over power lines has struggled to reach an significant upward inflection point," said Oleg Logvinov, president of the alliance, and also president and CEO of Arkados, Inc. "With a common technology standard, companies can compete by making great products that work together using a common underlying technology. Product manufacturers and the consumer are the ultimate winners in this expanded marketplace."

The alliance's Technical Evaluation Group (TEG), a working group comprised of representatives of HomePlug alliance member companies, will conduct the RFP process. Companies that elect to propose technology will need to submit and present a proposal that details the technology capabilities, and submit their technology to validation tests.

The deadline for a company to accept the alliance's invitation and submit executed NDA is August 5, 2005.

All interested parties are invited to join the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and contribute to the development of its specifications and broaden the growing list of applications. Companies interested in receiving information about the HomePlug Powerline Alliance are invited to contact the Executive Director, Rob Ranck at rranck@inventures.com, for details on membership and activities.

About the HomePlug Powerline Alliance
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. is an industry-led initiative established to create specifications for home powerline networking products, command & control among platforms within the home and broadband access services to the home. Additionally, the Alliance is chartered to foster and accelerate demand for HomePlug-enabled products and services worldwide through the sponsorship of market and user education programs. Membership in the Alliance has grown to include about 50 industry-leading companies. HomePlug Sponsor companies include Arkados, Inc. a subsidiary of CDKNet.com, Inc. (OTCBB:CDKN); Comcast (CMCSK); Conexant (CNXT); EarthLink (ELNK); Intellon; RadioShack (RSH); Sharp (SHCPFM) and Sony (SNE). Additional information about the Alliance, including a complete listing of certified products, is available at http://www.homeplug.org.


HomePlug is a registered trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. All other trademarks, trade names and service marks mentioned and/or used belong to their respective owners.