DECT Forum Announces International CAT-iq Design Competition

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The DECT Forum, the worldwide association of the wireless communication industry, in partnership with the market intelligence company Jakajima in the Netherlands, is pleased to announce the first international CAT-iq Design Competition. CAT-iq provides an open platform for pioneering IP service applications as well as new form factors for non-computing communication devices. The DECT Forum invites design students from all over the world to compete for cash prizes by applying their creativity and engineering skills to trend-setting products and services for tomorrow's IP based home network.

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For almost 100 years home telephony has not substantially changed. The introduction of cordless phones based on the DECT standard was the latest significant innovation of the industry, which was highly accepted by the consumers

    The CAT-iq Design Competition is aimed at meeting the following main goals:

-- Provide an opportunity for students from a variety of design backgrounds (industrial design, interactive design, gaming design, etc.) to demonstrate their problem solving and design skills in an international design competition,

-- Provide the industry with refreshing perspectives on how designers from different disciplines and different parts of the world approach a common design challenge with respect to the new CAT-iq technology.

Students can also benefit from industry leaders who might be interested to take over their inventions for new classes of products or services.

CAT-iq as a technology platform allows new and exciting products for wireless home applications such as e.g. communication, infotainment and home control. The technology is able to access the next generation of IP networks, migrates into the home gateways and provides intelligent stand-alone solutions for the end-customers:

-- Coverage of IP connectivity in the entire house

-- Hands-free voice

-- CD quality audio and radio applications

-- Device management and remote control

-- Widescreen messaging and internal communication

-- Real plug & play

-- Energy saving

The CAT-iq Design Competition addresses two general categories:

Products for the home, and/or

Services for the home.

The Design Competition kicks off on May 8, 2008. The registration closes on September 19, 2008. The deadline for the submission of entries is October 10, 2008.

An international jury of industry leaders and design experts judges all entries according to specific criteria.

For the winners of the Design Competition the following prizes are available:

-- First prize: 10,000 EUR

-- Second prize: 5,000 EUR

-- Third runner-up prize: 1,000 EUR

Winners will be announced on November 14, 2008.

Interested design students can find detailed information of the CAT-iq Design Competition - briefing, registration form, regulations, judging criteria, etc. - on the following websites http://www.catiqdesigncompetition.org and http://www.cat-iq.org.

"For almost 100 years home telephony has not substantially changed. The introduction of cordless phones based on the DECT standard was the latest significant innovation of the industry, which was highly accepted by the consumers," says Erich Kamperschroer, Chairman of the DECT Forum. "With the introduction of the broadband era and the emerging new networks connected to millions of homes, the communication equipment is currently in the stage to originate new form factors and services. With this Design Competition we would like to inspire design students to create out of the box products and exciting services. CAT-iq is the technology which offers unique and boundless possibilities to combine voice communication, home networking and multiple IP based applications."

About DECT Forum and CAT-iq:

The DECT Forum is the international industry association embracing suppliers and operators of CAT-iq/DECT based terminals, systems, and networks. With more than 670 million devices sold and growing by more than 100 million devices per year, DECT, DECT 6.0 and their successor CAT-iq are worldwide adopted technologies with high relevance for cordless voice and home networking. The DECT Forum represents the interests of the CAT-iq/DECT industry and is located in Berne, Switzerland. Full members of the DECT Forum are currently: American Telecom, Ascom, Avaya, AVM, Binatone, CCT, DSP Group, GN Netcom, Infineon, Kirk, Panasonic, Philips, Plantronics, RTX, Sagem, Siemens, SiTel, Suncorp, Swissvoice, Telematrix, Thomson, Topcom, Unical, Uniden, Vtech.

CAT-iq stands for Cordless Advanced Technology - internet and quality. The CAT-iq standard supports exciting consumer products for wireless home communication, information and entertainment. CAT-iq is a registered trademark of the DECT Forum.

For more information please visit our websites at: http://www.cat-iq.org and http://www.dect.org.

About Jakajima:

Jakajima is an independent market intelligence and innovation company for the telecom, ICT, and consumer-electronics trade chain. It was founded in 2002. The activities are realised in two divisions 'Market Intelligence' and 'Innovation', which implement these on their own account or on behalf of third parties. Jakajima is based in Nuenen, the Netherlands, in the middle of the Dutch high tech industry. Please read more at http://www.jakajima.eu.

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