Veridicom and Leviton to Develop Advanced Home Automation Products

SEATTLE and LITTLE NECK, N.Y. -- Veridicom International Inc., a leading provider of biometric authentication technology and solutions, and The Leviton Manufacturing Company, North America's largest producer of electrical and electronic wiring devices, today announced their exclusive partnership to develop advanced personal authentication solutions for the home automation markets.

"We are proud to partner with Leviton," stated Paul Mann, President & CEO of Veridicom International Inc. "The combined resources of our two companies provides significant market presence and will enable the residential and commercial markets to deploy advanced automation technology featuring biometrics. The roadmap for these new jointly developed products will enable increased convenience and security, and the solutions will be able to adapt to the personal preferences of homeowners via a person's fingerprint."

"Homeowners enjoy the increased convenience that home automation brings today's families," stated Daryoush Larizadeh, Leviton's Vice President of Strategic Business Enterprises. "By combining Veridicom's biometric sensors and technology with Leviton's leading voice, data, and network solutions, we are enabling the next generation in home automation by combining personal identities with security, personal preferences, and home networking," added Larizadeh.

"Biometrics are becoming more pervasive in people's lives by offering increased convenience while at the same time maintaining or increasing personal and corporate security," added Mann. "We look forward to bringing these benefits to Leviton's customers worldwide."