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OFDM Forum and CABA Sign Reciprocal Membership Agreement

03/20/2001


Associations work together to define future direction of North American wireless standard for home and building automation

Calgary, Canada
March 20, 2001

The OFDM Forum, an association organized to promote a single standard for high-speed wireless communications, today announced the signing of a reciprocal membership agreement with the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA). This agreement expands the OFDM Forum's vision of working towards a single, compatible global standard for OFDM technology by working with CABA to establish the future direction of home and building automation. 

"We are very pleased to welcome CABA to the OFDM Forum," said Lee Warren, Business Development Vice President for Wi-LAN Inc. and Chairperson of the OFDM Forum. "As well, we are excited about the opportunity of becoming an active member of CABA. We feel the association fits well with our goals, specifically in the WLAN, WPAN and HMM working group, and believe this win-win situation will be pivotal to establishing future wireless standards for the North American home and building industry."

Respective membership benefits include the appointment of designated representatives to each other's standards committees, the ability to share information, and the opportunity to promote both groups in organization publications and to provide regular updates to members. Most significantly, the agreement forms a strong relationship between the two organizations, providing additional leverage for future standards initiatives.

"With its impressive membership roster, the OFDM Forum's membership in CABA will be a strong asset as we help influence the future direction of building automation," said Ron Zimmer, President & CEO of CABA. "Wireless technology is one of many promising technologies in meeting the growing needs of consumers for automation in their homes and buildings. The collaboration between the two groups will ultimately translate into increased knowledge of wireless technology as a viable solution." 

The reciprocal membership is most applicable to the OFDM Forum's LAN, PAN and HMM working group, which is focused on improving existing standards and facilitating the acceptance of OFDM as the technology of choice for the wireless LAN, PAN and home multi-media markets. In addition, the OFDM Forum will be able to participate in CABA's Standards Committee, whose main objective is to facilitate and encourage industry-wide interoperability for protocols and standards. 

From CABA's perspective, this relationship provides access to OFDM Forum members who are strategic players in the North American home and building automation industries. By interacting with these organizations, CABA will be able to fulfil its mission: To encourage the development, promotion, pursuit and understanding of integrated systems and automation in homes and buildings.

The OFDM Forum has grown to include more than 50 members to date, 15 of which are listed as Principal Members of the organization. CABA's membership encompasses over 325 organizations, including many of the leading companies in the home and building automation and integrated systems industries. 

About The OFDM Forum
The OFDM Forum is a market development association comprised of hardware manufacturers, software firms, telecommunications companies and other users interested in Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology in wireless applications. Founded in December 1999, the OFDM Forum was established to promote a single, compatible global OFDM standard for cost-effective, high-speed wireless networks on a variety of devices. Founding companies are as follows: Ericsson, Nokia, Philips Semiconductors, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Sony, Wi-LAN and the Testbed Center for Interoperability at the University of California at Santa Barbara (a division of CalTrans). More information on the OFDM Forum can be found at www.ofdm-forum.com. 

Organizations interested in joining the OFDM Forum are invited to visit the OFDM Forum website at www.ofdm-forum.com or contact:

Gina Horwood
Wi-LAN Inc. (On behalf of the OFDM Forum)
Ph: (403) 207-6303 ginah@wi-lan.com

About CABA
CABA (the Continental Automated Buildings Association) is North America's key source for information, education, and networking relating to home and building automation. Its mission is to encourage the development, promotion and adoption of business opportunities in the home and building automation industry. Members include manufacturers, dealers, installers, telecommunications companies, energy utilities, builders, consultants, research organizations, publishers, educational institutions, governments and associations.

CABA's numerous publications are recognized by many in the industry for providing more information about the home and building automation market than any other single source in the United States and Canada. For more information on joining CABA, visit: www.caba.org.

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