Ucentric Systems Announces Availability of Complete Home Networking Platform

Partnership with NETGEAR to Bring System to Consumers



Jan 05, 2001, 00:00 ET from Ucentric Systems

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer Electronics Show 2001 --
 Ucentric(TM) Systems (CES Booth # 24720) today announced availability of its
 complete home networking platform, that allows consumers to access
 communications, entertainment and information services from any screen or
 speaker in the home.
     The Ucentric Home Networking Platform creates a home area network that
 connects all existing computers, TVs, stereos and other appliances throughout
 the home to each other and to the Internet without the need for additional
 wiring.  The platform includes an operating system, applications server, home
 networking applications, and hardware reference design.  With the Ucentric
 home networking system, consumers can access new and exciting blended
 services, such as instant messaging over TV, displaying caller ID on a TV and
 computer, playing Internet/MP3 files on any FM stereo and listening to
 voicemails from any TV, phone or computer.  Devices throughout the home will
 share a single broadband connection to enable these new applications.
     Ucentric licenses its patented software and hardware to the full spectrum
 of original equipment manufacturers, enabling them and their partner broadband
 service providers to deliver now on the long-awaited promise of the fully
 networked home.  Because Ucentric's platform is available today, they can get
 to market faster and tap new revenue sources sooner.
     "Ucentric's complete home networking system connects everyday appliances
 -- your television, telephone, stereo and PC -- to each other and to the
 Internet, reaching into every corner of the home," said Rick Edson, CEO,
 Ucentric.  "By providing a consumer-ready platform, Ucentric enables our
 partner original equipment manufacturers and service providers to deploy today
 and deliver on their vision for home networking with life simplifying and
 enhancing services that consumers want now," said Edson.  According to a
 recent study commissioned by Ucentric and conducted by Roper Starch Worldwide,
 50% of tech savvy consumers expressed interest in leveraging existing
 equipment such as computers, stereos and televisions to access new
 applications within the home.
 
     New Distribution Channel
     In the retail space, Ucentric today announced an agreement with NETGEAR
 Inc., a provider of home and small business networking products.  The
 partnership will bring together Ucentric's home networking operating system
 and NETGEAR's network products.  This relationship kicks off a new retail
 distribution channel for Ucentric and enables NETGEAR to quickly come to
 market with a line of media-focused networked appliances for the home.
 
     About the Ucentric Home Networking Platform
     The Ucentric Home Networking Platform consists of an operating system,
 applications server, home networking applications and hardware reference
 design, which together provide original equipment manufacturers and their
 partner service providers with the necessary tools and technology to deliver
 home networking to their customers today.
     The Ucentric platform is neutral toward connectivity methods, leveraging
 the to-home (WAN) and in-home (LAN) protocols that make sense for any
 particular household or device -- in the most appropriate wired or wireless
 way.  The Ucentric system is compatible with cable modem, fixed wireless,
 satellite and DSL technologies on the WAN side, and can utilize Ethernet,
 10/100BASE-T, HomePNA, HomeRF and 802.11b within the home to network devices.
 Based on Linux, the platform is open and extensible, ready to adapt to future
 technologies, standards, consumer applications and devices.
     Ucentric offers several home-based applications that run on its platform
 today, including unified messaging, instant messaging, web browsing, caller ID
 and other alerts -- all on any screen in the home -- and a digital jukebox for
 playing audio -- on any speaker in the home.  To deliver the full range of
 applications and services that consumers want, Ucentric is working with the
 third-party developer community to bring even more home-based applications to
 its platform.  Consistent with this strategy, Ucentric also announced today
 partnerships with application developers, PhoneFree.com, Qbeo and Vistify.
 (See separate release.)
 
     About Ucentric Systems
     Ucentric Systems is the only provider of a complete home networking
 platform for delivering Internet, telephone and TV content to any screen or
 speaker in the home.  Ucentric licenses its patented software and hardware to
 original equipment manufacturers enabling them and their partner broadband
 service providers to deliver now on the long-awaited promise of the fully
 networked home.  With its open platform, Ucentric's system can readily adapt
 to future technology, standards, consumer applications and devices.
     Founded in 1999, Ucentric is based in Maynard, MA and employs more than
 80 people.  For additional information on the company, please visit Ucentric
 on the Web at www.ucentric.com .
 
     Please Visit Ucentric at the Consumer Electronic Show 2001, Upside's
 Digital Living Room, Booth # 24720, Silver Lot.
 
 

SOURCE Ucentric Systems
    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer Electronics Show 2001 --
 Ucentric(TM) Systems (CES Booth # 24720) today announced availability of its
 complete home networking platform, that allows consumers to access
 communications, entertainment and information services from any screen or
 speaker in the home.
     The Ucentric Home Networking Platform creates a home area network that
 connects all existing computers, TVs, stereos and other appliances throughout
 the home to each other and to the Internet without the need for additional
 wiring.  The platform includes an operating system, applications server, home
 networking applications, and hardware reference design.  With the Ucentric
 home networking system, consumers can access new and exciting blended
 services, such as instant messaging over TV, displaying caller ID on a TV and
 computer, playing Internet/MP3 files on any FM stereo and listening to
 voicemails from any TV, phone or computer.  Devices throughout the home will
 share a single broadband connection to enable these new applications.
     Ucentric licenses its patented software and hardware to the full spectrum
 of original equipment manufacturers, enabling them and their partner broadband
 service providers to deliver now on the long-awaited promise of the fully
 networked home.  Because Ucentric's platform is available today, they can get
 to market faster and tap new revenue sources sooner.
     "Ucentric's complete home networking system connects everyday appliances
 -- your television, telephone, stereo and PC -- to each other and to the
 Internet, reaching into every corner of the home," said Rick Edson, CEO,
 Ucentric.  "By providing a consumer-ready platform, Ucentric enables our
 partner original equipment manufacturers and service providers to deploy today
 and deliver on their vision for home networking with life simplifying and
 enhancing services that consumers want now," said Edson.  According to a
 recent study commissioned by Ucentric and conducted by Roper Starch Worldwide,
 50% of tech savvy consumers expressed interest in leveraging existing
 equipment such as computers, stereos and televisions to access new
 applications within the home.
 
     New Distribution Channel
     In the retail space, Ucentric today announced an agreement with NETGEAR
 Inc., a provider of home and small business networking products.  The
 partnership will bring together Ucentric's home networking operating system
 and NETGEAR's network products.  This relationship kicks off a new retail
 distribution channel for Ucentric and enables NETGEAR to quickly come to
 market with a line of media-focused networked appliances for the home.
 
     About the Ucentric Home Networking Platform
     The Ucentric Home Networking Platform consists of an operating system,
 applications server, home networking applications and hardware reference
 design, which together provide original equipment manufacturers and their
 partner service providers with the necessary tools and technology to deliver
 home networking to their customers today.
     The Ucentric platform is neutral toward connectivity methods, leveraging
 the to-home (WAN) and in-home (LAN) protocols that make sense for any
 particular household or device -- in the most appropriate wired or wireless
 way.  The Ucentric system is compatible with cable modem, fixed wireless,
 satellite and DSL technologies on the WAN side, and can utilize Ethernet,
 10/100BASE-T, HomePNA, HomeRF and 802.11b within the home to network devices.
 Based on Linux, the platform is open and extensible, ready to adapt to future
 technologies, standards, consumer applications and devices.
     Ucentric offers several home-based applications that run on its platform
 today, including unified messaging, instant messaging, web browsing, caller ID
 and other alerts -- all on any screen in the home -- and a digital jukebox for
 playing audio -- on any speaker in the home.  To deliver the full range of
 applications and services that consumers want, Ucentric is working with the
 third-party developer community to bring even more home-based applications to
 its platform.  Consistent with this strategy, Ucentric also announced today
 partnerships with application developers, PhoneFree.com, Qbeo and Vistify.
 (See separate release.)
 
     About Ucentric Systems
     Ucentric Systems is the only provider of a complete home networking
 platform for delivering Internet, telephone and TV content to any screen or
 speaker in the home.  Ucentric licenses its patented software and hardware to
 original equipment manufacturers enabling them and their partner broadband
 service providers to deliver now on the long-awaited promise of the fully
 networked home.  With its open platform, Ucentric's system can readily adapt
 to future technology, standards, consumer applications and devices.
     Founded in 1999, Ucentric is based in Maynard, MA and employs more than
 80 people.  For additional information on the company, please visit Ucentric
 on the Web at www.ucentric.com .
 
     Please Visit Ucentric at the Consumer Electronic Show 2001, Upside's
 Digital Living Room, Booth # 24720, Silver Lot.
 
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