Z-Wave Sets Another Market Milestone With 900th Interoperable Smart Home Product

Market-Leading Z-Wave Technology Extends Worldwide Dominance of Residential Control and Automation Markets

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Z-Wave Certifies First Alert Smoke Alarm as its 900th Interoperable Product Click here for high-resolution …

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 23, 2013) - The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies that oversees Z-Wave, the world's largest ecosystem for wireless home control products and services, today announced another milestone in the exploding smart home market: the certification of the 900th interoperable Z-Wave product.

With 900 (and counting) interoperable, brand-agnostic products already on the market, Z-Wave continues to extend its position as the most widely adopted protocol in the world for control and automation products. The landmark 900th product is a Z-Wave addressable smoke alarm by BRK Brands, Inc., the makers of First Alert branded products, among other leading consumer and industrial brands.

"The Alliance congratulates First Alert for achieving this smart home landmark," said Z-Wave Alliance Chairman Mark Walters. "For Z-Wave, the milestones keep coming at an ever increasing pace. It was only four months ago that we announced the 800th certified Z-Wave product, and just 8 months before that for the 700th product. The growth of Z-Wave has followed the exponential growth of the smart home market because to a great extent, Z-Wave products and services are defining that market. We look forward to continuing our leadership in every sphere of the emerging smart home space and the Internet of Things."

First Alert's new Z-Wave addressable smoke alarm, ZSMOKE, offers the consumer added notification capability. If the smoke alarm is activated while the homeowner isn't home, it can send its alert signal to a Z-Wave based home control gateway, which in turn can alert the homeowner via a text on their smart phone, wherever they may be. The homeowner can then react to the alert with an appropriate response, ranging from having a neighbour check on the house to calling the fire department.

"As the most trusted and recognized brand in home safety, we're proud to have released this connected smoke alarm as the 900th Z-Wave product. In addition, we at First Alert have released another product, in the form of a combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, and we look forward to developing more products that utilize Z-Wave technology," says Sara DeLuca, product manager at First Alert.

Z-Wave powers the world's largest ecosystem of interoperable smart home products, and is particularly dominant in the home security industry, where it provides connectivity for more than 90% of the market of "lifestyle" security products. With its Z-Wave addressable smoke alarm, First Alert joins the likes of ADT, Vivint, Honeywell, Linear and numerous other market leaders in home control systems that are powered by Z-Wave.

About Z-Wave
Z-Wave technology and is an open internationally recognized ITU standard (G.9959). It is the leading wireless home control technology in the market today, with over 900 certified interoperable products worldwide. Represented by the Z-Wave Alliance, and supported by more than 250 companies around the world, the standard is a key enabler of smart living solutions for home safety and security, energy, hospitality, office and light commercial applications.
Z-Wave® is a registered trade mark of Sigma Designs and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

About the Z-Wave Alliance
Formed in January 2005, the Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of leading companies in the home technology space dedicated to solidifying Z-Wave as the standard for wireless home control products. The principal members include; Evolve Guest Controls, FAKRO, Ingersoll-Rand, Jasco Products, Linear and Sigma Designs. Alliance members lead the home controls market, providing leading edge products and systems that deliver increased comfort, convenience, energy conservation, safety and security. For more information about the Z-Wave Alliance, visit www.z-wavealliance.org.

About BRK Brands, Inc.
BRK Brands, Inc. (Aurora, IL), is a fully owned subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (Rye, NY) (NYSE: JAH), a leading provider of niche consumer products used in and around the home. For 50 years, BRK Brands, Inc. has been the manufacturer of First Alert®-branded home-safety products, the most trusted and recognized safety brands in America. BRK® Brands designs and develops innovative safety solutions including Tundra® Fire Extinguishing Spray, ONELINK® wireless alarms and a comprehensive line of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and escape ladders to protect what matters most. Such products are also marketed under the BRK Electronics® brand, The Professional Standard for the builder and contractor audiences. BRK Brands, Inc. products are found in more than 30 countries worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.firstalert.com or http://www.brkelectronics.com.

About Jarden Corporation
Jarden Corporation is a leading provider of a diverse range of consumer products with a portfolio of over 100 trusted, quality brands sold globally. Jarden operates in three primary business segments through a number of well recognized brands, including: Outdoor Solutions: Abu Garcia®, Aero®, Berkley®, Campingaz® and Coleman®, ExOfficio®, Fenwick®, Gulp!®, Invicta®, K2®, Marker®, Marmot®, Mitchell®, Penn®, Rawlings®, Shakespeare®, Stearns®, Stren®, Trilene®, Völkl® and Zoot®; Consumer Solutions: Bionaire®, Breville®, Crock-Pot®, FoodSaver®, Health o meter®, Holmes®, Mr. Coffee®, Oster®, Patton®, Rival®, Seal-a-Meal®, Sunbeam®, VillaWare® and White Mountain®; and Branded Consumables: Ball®, Bee®, Bernardin®, Bicycle®, Billy Boy®, Crawford®, Diamond®, Dicon®, Fiona®, First Alert®, First Essentials®, Hoyle®, Kerr®, Lehigh®, Lifoam®, Lillo®, Loew Cornell®, Mapa®, NUK®, Pine Mountain®, Quickie®, Spontex® and Tigex®. Headquartered in Rye, N.Y., Jarden ranks #383 on the Fortune 500 and has over 25,000 employees worldwide. For further information about Jarden, please visit www.jarden.com.

©2013 BRK Brands, Inc., Aurora, IL 60504. All rights reserved.
First Alert® is a registered trademark of The First Alert Trust, Aurora, IL 60504.
BRK Electronics® is a registered trademark of BRK Brands, Inc., Aurora, IL 60504.NYSE is a registered service mark of NYSE Group, Inc.

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