Poor Joins Tendril

Dr. Robert D. Poor, co-founder of Ember Corporation and a pioneer in the wireless sensor network industry, has joined Tendril’s Board of Directors

January 31, 2006

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DENVER -- Tendril (www.tendrilinc.com), the leader in system software for deploying wireless sensor and control networks, today announced that Dr. Robert D. Poor, co-founder of Ember Corporation and a pioneer in the wireless sensor network industry, has joined Tendril’s Board of Directors. Robert Poor is a recognized authority in the wireless embedded networking field and is one of the most respected thought leaders on the future of wireless sensor networks. As a member of the Board, Poor will advise Tendril on the compelling applications and market opportunities that will help the company grow exponentially.

Poor founded Ember Corporation (www.ember.com) in 2001 based on his groundbreaking research at MIT’s renowned Media Lab. This research led to the invention of Embedded Networking, a new class of wireless network based on inexpensive, scalable, easily-deployed devices with applications in industries ranging from manufacturing to transportation to building automation. His patented networking intelligence stack is the heart of Ember’s embedded radio frequency (RF) mesh networking technology, and his work as CTO of Ember enabled the company to grow into one of the most important companies in the wireless sensor network industry. Poor transitioned from his executive role at Ember in 2005 to focus on research, but he continues to serve as a technical advisor for the company.

“The early adopters in the wireless sensor and control network market have already made their first move, and the more conservative market followers are lining up,” said Robert Poor. “In 2006 ZigBee-based systems will come to the fore. However, while it’s great to have a platform, the platform isn’t relevant until there’s an interface to the enterprise – which is where Tendril comes in. Not only is there a growing market for Tendril, but a real need for its products.”

“We’re thrilled to have someone of Robert’s caliber joining our board,” said Tim Enwall, CEO of Tendril. “His success with Ember and his knowledge of the market will be an enormous resource in positioning Tendril to ride the growing market wave. This is a tremendous endorsement of the leading position Tendril has in the system software market for wireless sensor and control networks. In addition to Rob’s knowledge of the market, his knowledge of system software and developers from his days at NeXT are a definite bonus for the company.”

Prior to founding Ember, Poor spent more than 25 years as an executive and technologist in Silicon Valley, working for companies such as LucasFilm’s precursor to Pixar, Stanford Artificial Intelligence, Lucid, NeXT and Opcode. In each position he has held, Poor has succeeded in building strong technical teams and developing efficient organizational structures that maximize revenues. He is a technical editor for the IEEE 802.15.4 standards specification and he received a patent for self-organizing networks in 2000. Dr. Poor earned his Masters and Ph.D. from MIT, and he has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Oberlin Conservatory. Poor is also the founder of the Wireless Industrial Network Alliance (WINA), a coalition of 40 companies promoting industrial wireless applications. His personal interests include music and photography, and he is passionate about philanthropic activities such as supporting educational programs in developing countries.

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