SMARTHOME Launches Insteon Alliance and Software Development Solution

New $99 Solution Allows OEMs and Enthusiasts to Develop Wireless Home-Control Technology Applications 


May 9, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome Inc., the world’s leading provider of automated products to improve the home, today introduced the Insteon™ software development kit which provides the documentation, software and hardware necessary to develop Insteon-based home monitoring and management software applications. The Insteon software development kit is the first of its kind in the home automation or electronic home improvement industry. With purchase of the kit, available to both enthusiasts as well as professional software developers, users are granted access to the alliance membership. The Insteon kit sets a new industry trend with a $99 price point, compared to competing software development kits and alliance memberships that cost thousands of dollars each. 

Insteon is the first home automation network technology to combine the home’s existing wiring, or powerline, with radio frequency (RF) communications to deliver a secure, reliable and fast connection for automatic or remote control of lighting, security, entertainment systems, appliances, climate and more. Potential applications of Insteon may include remotely controlling or automating lighting, appliances, temperature, and sprinklers. 

“Our Insteon software development kit and developer’s community alliance provide hobbyists, entrepreneurs and engineering executives an extremely affordable alternative to costly alliance memberships, while providing them access to necessary materials needed to immediately start developing products,” said Rajeev Kapur, vice president of sales and marketing of Smarthome, Inc. “The introduction of Smarthome’s kit is truly unprecedented for the home automation industry. We have taken a grassroots approach to gaining market share by combining affordable pricing, access to the Insteon technology and a vehicle for developers to market their solutions, which has not existed before.”

With the launch of Smarthome’s software development kit, developers and end-users are given access to the award-winning home-control technology of Insteon. As an Insteon developer, newly created Insteon software applications or products incorporating those applications may be distributed through Smarthome or may be offered as shareware at to thousands of electronic home improvement professionals and enthusiasts. The software development kit is available for $99. 

The kits include four core sections: documentation, hardware, membership and support. Specifically, developers are given basic programming language, access to user- and reference-guides, a serial network module (PowerLinc V2 Serial) and a test module (LampLinc V2), password access into the development forum, sales access on and to the Insteon shareware site, and comprehensive support service, including e-mail, phone and consulting services for a fee. 

“The Insteon software development kit sets Smarthome apart from the rest of the home automation industry by allowing its customers to adapt the technology for an endless variety of applications,” said Kirsten West, analyst for West Technology Research Solutions, LLC. “By providing a combined package of development tools and alliance membership at a cost 97 percent less than the competition, Smarthome has adopted a unique business model which is fundamentally designed to benefit its customers. Thus the overall cost of implementing Insteon will remain well below that of major competitors for the foreseeable future, enabling a myriad of developers to enter the market with innovative products.” 

Smarthome recently announced partnerships with Ingram Micro and Smarthome  prints more than five million catalogs per year and serves customers in more than 120 countries. The company offers more than 5,000 items for home automation, or “electronic home improvement” projects. 

For more information, please visit Smarthome’s Web site, or or call 1-800-SMARTHOME. 


About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit, or connect with Insteon on Facebook ( and Twitter (


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