NETGEAR IS A TRIPLE WINNER IN RED DOT AWARD 2015 COMPETITION FOR PRODUCT DESIGN QUALITY
Arlo Smart Home HD Security Camera, ProSAFE Click Switch, and AirCard 340U USB Modem are tops in global high design
SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 21, 2015 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR) (www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, is a remarkable triple laureate in one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions. The NETGEAR Arlo™ Smart Home HD Security Camera, the NETGEAR ProSAFE® Click Switch, and the AirCard® 340U USB Modem won over the 38-member jury of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 (www.red-dot.org/press). With these three stylish networking solutions for the smart home, NETGEAR has proved its design excellence in this important competition for product design, currently celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Throughout the world and across different industries, Red Dot is seen as the award for high design quality. The international Red Dot jury bestows the sought-after seal of quality only to those products that stand out clearly from comparable entries thanks to their excellent design. This year, the international experts assessed 4,928 entries from 56 countries, with the three NETGEAR products deservedly winning accolades.
“Winning three Red Dot Awards is an amazing recognition of the effort we put into making NETGEAR products not only innovative in their engineering design, but in their physical form as well,” said John Ramones, NETGEAR senior director of product design. “We invest in making technologically sophisticated devices that are also affordably elegant. Our reward is that you’re proud to display our products in homes as well as businesses.”
Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award, said, “For 60 years, the most-respected design experts have been convening every year in Essen, Germany, to seek out the best designs. This year we had a record number of almost 5,000 entries – a huge amount of work for our jury members, who assessed each individual product, and a special value of the distinction due to the high standard. The laureates of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 have demonstrated exceptionally high achievements and have thus been deservedly successful in the world’s largest design competition.”
The internationally respected product competition will culminate in the Red Dot Gala in Essen on 29 June 2015. The glamorous award ceremony with more than 1,200 guests will be hosted by Professor Dr Peter Zec in Essen’s Aalto Theater. At the subsequent Designers’ Night after-show party, the winners celebrate into the early hours in the midst of award-winning products in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen. The winning products are then presented for four weeks in the special exhibition “Design on Stage” before being included in the museum’s permanent exhibition.
The three NETGEAR design winners are:
- 1. The NETGEAR Arlo™ Smart Home HD Security Camera (www.Arlo.com) is the first 100 percent wire-free WiFi security camera with crystal-clear, high definition video. You can monitor your home from every possible angle, inside or out, with these outdoor-ready cameras that are equipped with night vision to give you HD video around the clock. The combination of easy installation, battery-operated true wireless design, weatherproof construction, and a clean, compact form factor enables you to set up a camera wherever you want, easily and discreetly, without worrying about finding a power outlet or the hassle of inconvenient power cords. Arlo alerts you instantly if an event occurs, and you can add up to 15 cameras to a system and watch as many as 4 simultaneous camera streams from your desktop, notebook computer or favorite mobile device. The NETGEAR Arlo Smart Home Security Kit with two cameras (VMS3230) is available at an MSRP of $349.99 in the U.S., with a three-camera kit (VMS3330) for $449.99 and a four-camera kit (VMS3430) for $499.99. Add-on cameras (VMC3030) are sold separately from $159.99 each. NETGEAR teamed with Oakland, Calif.-based Enlisted Design (www.enlisteddesign.com) on Arlo.
- 2. The NETGEAR ProSAFE® Click Switch (www.netgear.com/clickswitch), with an industry-first bracket mounting system for easy and attractive installation, is designed to improve cable management and reduce unsightly cords in connected homes and growing businesses. Available in either 8- or 16-Gigabit port configurations, its slim design and internal power supply enable you to organize wires, secure cables, eliminate bulky power adapters, and improve the overall appearance of home theaters, home offices, cubicles, wiring closets, training facilities, lab benches, or conference rooms. The unique 1-2-3-4 click mounting system and switch bracket with both vertical and horizontal orientations enable optimal placement and cable management in locations where other switches will not go. The MSRP in the U.S. for the ProSAFE 8-port Gigabit Click Switch (GSS108E) is $69.99, while the 16-port version (GSS116E) is $169.99. The Click Switch is also a result of the NETGEAR association with Enlisted Design.
- 3. The NETGEAR AirCard 340U USB Modem (www.netgear.com/home/products/mobile-broadband/usb-modems/340U.aspx) is an ultra-slim hinged USB wireless modem designed for 4G/LTE networks, offering a premium user experience of superfast download speeds & high quality connection. It is the first USB Modem to have an LCD interface allowing the user to easily view data usage information, network, and signal strength at a glance. The AirCard 340U features a robust dual axis articulating hinge, which ensures the user has the flexibility to find the right connection solution for his or her computer without sacrificing usability or comfort. Offering download speeds of up to 100 Mbps* and upload speeds up to 50 Mbps along with global roaming in more than 200 countries, the softly sculptured compact and full featured AirCard 340U keeps you connected whether you are working in the office, at a coffee shop, or on the road almost anywhere around the world. The NETGEAR AirCard 340U USB Modem is available through select service providers in North America. Prices vary. James Hathway of NETGEAR Richmond, BC designed the AirCard 340U in conjunction with UK firm The Alloy (www.thealloy.com).
About the Red Dot Award
In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept.
The Red Dot Award was created by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and with around 17,000 entries each year is one of the best-respected design competitions in the world. In 2015, it is celebrating its 60th anniversary: It was in 1955 that a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. The sought-after award, the “Red Dot”, is the revered international seal of outstanding design quality.
Award-winning designers, manufacturers and agencies use the Red Dot winner label and receive numerous other winners’ privileges, such as the presentation of the award-winning product on Red Dot Online, in the Red Dot Design Yearbook, the Red Dot App and on Red Dot 21. Additionally, the winning products are communicated in the international PR activities of Red Dot and exhibited in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen for a whole year.
More information is available at www.red-dot.org/press.
About the Red Dot Design Museum Essen
With roughly 2,000 exhibits over 4,000 square metres, the Red Dot Design Museum presents the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design. The successful entries in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 will be shown from 29 June to 26 July 2015 in an impressive special exhibition in the midst of the historical industrial architecture of the Zollverein World Heritage site. In “Design on Stage”, visitors will experience the current top achievements up close and personal, because this hands-on exhibition expressly encourages visitors to touch and try out the exhibits. In this way, fans of design can find out about the trends in international product design and see for themselves the good quality of the winning NETGEAR products.
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. The Company's products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. The product line consists of wired and wireless devices that enable networking, broadband access and network connectivity. These products are available in multiple configurations to address the needs of the end-users in each geographic region in which the Company's products are sold. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 44,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 36,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in approximately 25 countries. More information is available at http://investor.netgear.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at www.twitter.com/NETGEAR and www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.
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* Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards.
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