Kocom Selects Opera for Web to Wall Pad Home Networking Product

Opera Software announced that it has now entered the realm of home automation. Kocom Co. Ltd., a Korea-based leader in digital home networking, has selected the Opera browser for its new Wall Pad KHN-U881, the latest addition to Kocom’s family of home networking products.

Designed for use in large residential communities, Kocom’s Wall Pad will allow users to access any Web site from the device screen. This will enable community news and important announcements, along with favorite Web pages, to be communicated immediately to all residents. Kocom is also using Opera to deliver the user interface to the device. With Web technology, user interfaces can be updated as quickly and easily as a Web page.

“We required a powerful Web browser for our new Wall Pad in order to provide a seamless Web experience as well as a Web-based user interface, and Opera proved to be the browser maker who could meet and exceed our requirements” says Ihnguen Nam, Director, Kocom Co. Ltd. “Opera is a versatile tool that enables us to update the Wall Pad system quickly and dynamically, which is important to our customers.”

Kocom’s Wall Pad KHN-U881 is designed to meet the needs of modern residential communities, providing security through visitor identification and convenience with the built in telephone and Web browser. The first deployment of Kocom’s Wall Pad will be in the Korean market.

“Home automation is an exciting new market for Opera, and we are delighted to be working with Kocom to deliver our browser to their Wall Pad,” says Scott Hedrick, Executive Vice President of Device for Opera Software. “As more devices are now connected, we see an increased interest in adding a Web browser as well as using Web technology to create user interfaces and deliver Web-based services. The combination of Opera and Web technologies can dramatically reduce time-to-market and reduce project costs while increasing the dynamism of the solution.”

The Kocom Wall Pad KHN-U881 is currently available in Korea. To request the Opera browser for your device, go online.

About Opera for Devices
Opera provides an optimized implementation of Internet technologies for handheld devices, digital TV and other devices, with innovative and powerful features that seamlessly adapt the Internet experience to suit varying screen sizes and input devices. In addition to being a full Internet browser, Opera is a high performance execution environment for Web applications and dynamic user interfaces based on interoperable open Web technologies such as AJAX. www.opera.com/devices/.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross- platform Web browser technology is renowned for its small size, performance and standards-compliance, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA.

About KOCOM Co. Ltd.
Kocom Co. Ltd. is the Korea-based solution provider in digital home networking for global markets including USA, Europe, Latin America, Japan and China, by exporting relevant products to digital imaging and communication network technologies. Integrating home servers, Internet and mobile phones, Kocom’s home network is widely applied to new, large residential communities. Based on three decades of experience, Kocom aims to firmly ensure its position in the global market of digital home networking.