Net-atHome 2003 Event Dedicates Week to Connected Home Markets

6/26/2003 - "Net-atHome 2003: Your Gateway to the Markets", the premier event in Europe covering "Home Networks & Gateways, Connected Appliances and Value-Added Services" is for the first time hosting a whole week dedicated to the markets for Technologies & Services for the Home (from October 27 to 31). This will include a 3-day Business & Technology tour to pilot sites in Europe, an intensive & comprehensive pre-conference Workshop and an annual Conference & Exhibition - the largest one in Europe.

Homega Research, the event producer, now has all the right ingredients to prepare a brilliant Net-atHome Event: the conference Advisory Committee is now ready to put together an attractive programme, the leading industry associations in the field of the connected home markets are supporting the event, and, finally, industry sponsors are promoting the event on a worldwide scale.

New Event Sponsors
Homega Research is proud to announce the sponsorship of ProSyst ( and B/S/H ( HYPERLINKat the highest, Platinum, sponsorship level.

New Supporting Associations
"We are again very pleased to have received the support of leading industry associations in the field of the Connected Home Markets. I would like to give warm thanks to CABA, e-amra, HAVi, TAHI, the ECHONET Consortium, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, the KONNEX Association, the LonMark Interoperability Association, UpnP and WiMedia", states Mylène Courval, Event Project Manager.

The Conference & the Advisory Committee
The Net-atHome2003 Conference (October 30 & 31), will be run in plenary thematic sessions addressing the key questions raised by the markets for "Home Networks & Gateways, Connected Appliances and Value-Added Services". Seven appropriate themes have been identified

Papers will be given by approximately 40 top level speakers, chosen by the event's Advisory Committee (chaired by Homega Research and represented by leading industry associations in the field) to ensure complete coverage of the event's core theme: "The current state and future prospects for the connected home markets". The deadline for the Call for Papers is June 20. Members of the Net-atHome2003 Conference Advisory Committee are listed below:

Karine Valin, General Manager of Homega Research, is delighted with the response to the event and confident of its success. "We are very honoured to count among members of the Advisory Committee such key players in the Connected Home markets. The expertise of Homega Research together with the experience of these key players guarantee that all the most promising technologies, services and business models will be presented and discussed, and also that papers will cover the widest geographical and sector-based areas possible. A large number of speakers will be invited to present their experience, solutions and vision of the future. The conference program will thus enable event attendees to make a precise and reliable assessment of the market's current condition and trends".

The Pre-Conference Workshop
The Pre-Conference Workshop (October 29) aims to place the information collected and analyzed by Homega Research during the past year at the disposal of the participants. From this information, it also sets out to present items that, in the opinion of Homega Research, are essential and best characterize the development of the market and its main short and medium term trends. The Pre-Conference Workshop will be chaired by Roger Torrenti, CEO of Sigma Consultants and Homega Research. Assisted by analysts from Homega Research, Roger Torrenti will make a 4-hour review of the milestones of 2003 and in particular those of the last few months - technological and regulatory developments, market feedback, pilot projects, the moves made by key players, quantitative data relating to the various market segments, consumer demand, etc. Using his expertise and the conclusions of studies conducted by Homega Research, Roger Torrenti will strive throughout his report to underline why particular information appears to be particularly important, how it should be interpreted, what should be deduced from it, etc. "In order to make my presentation even more complete, more concrete and closer to market realities at various points, I will invite headline makers from around the world to speak directly and to interact with me and with the audience" adds Roger Torrenti. To be noted: the Workshop targets both new companies and those already positioned on the market. or

About Homega Research (
Homega Research is a division of Sigma Consultants specializing in technologies and services for the home. It has developed its activities from the expertise and experience Sigma Consultants has acquired in this domain since the company's creation in 1984. The objective of Homega Research is to fast become one of the key players worldwide in the field of studies, research and business events focusing on Technologies and Services for the home. Homega Research is located in Sophia Antipolis, a technology park often called "The European Silicon Valley", close to Nice Côte d'Azur International airport, on the French Riviera.

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