emWare's IPv6 Embedded Micro Internetworking Technology Used by Matsushita

8/20/2002 - emWare has added IPv6 support to its Embedded Micro Internetworking Technology device-networking software for Matsushita Electric Works (MEW). emWare's development effort marks a significant technology milestone for MEW, a $9 billion company marketing products under the brand names of Panasonic, National and NAIS. emWare has solved MEW's problem of having only a limited number of IPv4 addresses to use for the thousands of electronic products MEW plans to Internet-able using emWare's EMIT software. MEW is now positioned to lead the multi-billion dollar pervasive computing industry with its unique ability to EMIT-enable everything from audio-visual equipment and home appliances to medical devices and building management systems. MEW projects $900 million in EMIT-related sales by 2005.

emWare's EMIT software offers electronic products manufacturers a flexible, lightweight device networking platform for adding remote management capabilities to any electronic device.

Pervasive computing describes the concept of networking and Internet-enabling all electronic devices. According to a recent report by Japan's General Affairs Ministry, Japan's pervasive computing market will exceed $270 billion (30 trillion Yen) by the year 2005 and then grow to over $760 billion (84 trillion Yen) by the year 2010.

Mr. Kazushige Nishida, President of MEW, said, "Our company anticipates that the IPv6 with EMIT business will scale to over $900 million (100 billion Yen) by the year 2005."

"We are basing new product and business development around emWare's EMIT technology," said Dr. Junji Nomura, Ph.D., Director, Member of the Board, for Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. "As the EMIT software market grows, MEW is looking at many more opportunities based on EMIT software. EMIT software is very low cost, easy to implement with existing systems, can be installed in new and old buildings, and it's available today."

Why MEW Uses EMIT Software
emWare's technology allows any device made for homes, businesses and factories to communicate over any network, including the Internet, using any client interface such as Web browsers, PDAs, cell phones, databases or custom applications. In addition, emWare's EMIT software does not require manufacturers such as MEW to use proprietary microcontrollers in their devices. As a result, MEW is integrating emWare's technology into its existing products, replacing more costly, proprietary technologies and making it the common platform across a broad range of previously disparate systems. emWare's EMIT smart device management products and emConnect Services support such standards as TCP/IP, SOAP, XML, WSDL and UDDI, which allows integration with Web Services initiatives.

"The ability to cost-effectively and easily put together disparate standards such as Bluetooth, Echonet, LonWorks and others provides us with limitless opportunities," added Dr. Nomura regarding the many benefits of using EMIT software. MEW sees three major markets where they can implement EMIT solutions:

MEW will introduce EMIT-based systems to control its new corporate headquarters in Shiodome, Tokyo, a project slated for completion in the spring of next year. In addition, Japan's top commercial TV broadcaster, Nippon Television Network Corporation, has already contracted with MEW to incorporate MEW's Internet-enabled lighting system into its new Tokyo-based headquarters building.

"MEW has a reputation for delivering superb quality products using the most advanced technology," said Michael D. Nelson, CEO and co-founder of emWare. "We are pleased that our EMIT software is an integral part of MEW's effort to drive the adoption of networked devices and to grow Japan's pervasive computing market."

About Matsushita Electric Works (www.mew.co.jp/e-index.html)
Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. (MEW) operates in the six product areas of lighting products, information equipment and wiring products, home appliances, building products, electronic and plastic materials, and automation controls. MEW takes an integrated approach to its operations, which start with research and development, manufacturing, and sales and extend to proposals for product usage, installation and servicing.

MEW's products range from home appliances to products and fixtures for homes, buildings, commercial establishments, public facilities and factories. The MEW group of 46,041 employees includes 191 consolidated subsidiaries worldwide, ranging from production sites to research laboratories.

About emWare (www.emware.com)
emWare makes it fast, easy and affordable to add remote device management capabilities to electronic devices, helping companies increase profits, productivity and customer satisfaction. emWare delivers technology, tools and services based on its EMIT software for adding remote management capabilities to new and legacy devices and device networks. emWare founded the ETI Alliance™-a group of leading technology and service companies that are extending the Internet to everyday devices. Established in May 1996, emWare is a private company with headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah and an office in Munich, Germany.

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