Z-Wave Climber Survives Nepal Earthquake, Everest Avalanche

Mountain climber Mariusz Malkowski from Sigma Designs is now safe after the devastating avalanche triggered by Nepal’s earthquake.

In publicity stunts to promote the Z-Wave Alliance of home automation manufacturers, Mariusz Malkowski has controlled his smart home a few times from the peaks of Mount Everest, most recently in a demonstration that coincided with the International Security Conference (ISC) West event less than two weeks ago.

CE Pro, SSI‘s sister publication, has learned that Malkowski was safely rescued via helicopter after a massive earthquake hit Nepal and spawned a devastating avalanche on Everest, killing at least 18 climbers.

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We are told Malkowski was “just above” the avalanche when it occurred, and that he safely descended the mountain to be returned to Kathmandu via helicopter.

Malkowski is technical services manager at Sigma Designs, the owner of Z-Wave technology. Several Z-Wave Alliance members financed his Everest climb, known as the Fibaro Mount Everest Challenge after its lead sponsor, a maker of Z-Wave sensors and compatible home automation systems.

Fibaro has maintained updates of Malkowski’s journey on its “Fibaro Everest” Facebook page.

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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration.

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