Enterprise Java Leads Shell to HomeGenie Home Management Solution

10/24/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced that Shell has chosen Sun services and technologies as the secure network computing platform for Shell HomeGenie, a new integrated home management solution. Sun teamed with Shell to design and implement Shell HomeGenie, based on Java Enterprise System technologies. Shell HomeGenie provides homeowners with simple, Web-based remote access of household systems and devices through an OSGi-based residential gateway using a broadband connection to the Internet.

"Shell is committed to providing its customers with innovative mobile services to help make life easier and more convenient," said Robin Gaeta, General Manager for Shell HomeGenie. "The combination of Sun's vision, consulting services and innovative technologies made Sun the best end-to-end IT solution for the Shell HomeGenie project."

Shell HomeGenie provides homeowners consumers with remote access to the home --at anytime, from anywhere Internet access is available-- through virtually any Web-enabled computer or mobile phone. Homeowners will have the ability to control the temperature in their homes through and program the Shell HomeGenie Programmable Thermostat, their lights and select appliances through the Shell HomeGenie Power Switch, and will be able to monitor select areas of their home to privately view and record images through the Shell HomeGenie Wireless Camera that incorporates a motion sensor. Users can remotely control home appliances and systems through virtually any most computers or mobile devices with Internet access.

"Sun's Java Enterprise System opens a whole new world in easy, cost-effective service delivery in highly scaled environments," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of Software at Sun. "Our vision is 'Anything of Value Connected to the Network'. Shell is realizing this vision by providing consumers a whole new way to interact with their home. This is just the beginning of an explosion of new services and connectivity that Sun will help lead over the next decade."

This service delivery platform provided by Sun includes:

Shell HomeGenie is expected to be available for purchase in early 2004 in limited areas. The Shell HomeGenie will be exhibited at several trade shows, including the Electronic House Expo, Fall 2003, from November 11 - 13 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Java Enterprise System
The Java System Portal Server, Java System Directory Server, Java System Identity Server, Java System Web Server, Java System Messaging Server, Java System Calendar Server, Java System Instant Messaging and Java System Application Server are key components of Sun's Java Enterprise System. Serious software made simple, the Java Enterprise System seamlessly integrates award-winning and market-leading enterprise network applications and services at the heart of Web services. This complete system of standards-based software is delivered as one entity on a pre- integrated infrastructure. Radically simplified pricing -- $100 per user per year-- delivers the peace of mind CIOs need to focus on what they do best: leverage IT to achieve business goals. For more information on the Java Enterprise System please visit: www.sun.com/software/javaenterprisesystem.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Shell HomeGenie is a product of Shell Energy Services Company LLC. Shell and Shell HomeGenie are trademarks of Shell.

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