Smarthome Activities at CES Indicate Growing Momentum

Technology announcements, product releases, new partners and corporate developments  reflect company’s continuing industry leadership

 

December 21, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - SmarthomeTM, the world’s leading authority in electronic home improvement and automation, has generated considerable momentum in the past year and is preparing to communicate the company’s latest news at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show. 

Smarthome’s Insteon home control technology won 2005’s CES Innovation Award, and the technology has proved popular in real-world electronic home improvement products and with development partners. In just seven months, Smarthome’s Insteon Alliance has attracted more than 400 manufacturing and developer partners, and more than 40 Insteon-enabled projects are in development with anticipated introduction in 2006. First Alert, for example, is incorporating Insteon in its smoke detectors, and Somfy, a manufacturer of window coverings and theater screens, is using Insteon to improve climate control and energy efficiency. 

First Alert, Somfy and Smarthome will be showing the Insteon home control network at this year’s CES. In addition new partners Broan, Elk, Perceptive Automation, Integration Associates and HAL (home automated living) will be demonstrating new applications of Insteon-enabled home control products and solutions at the Smarthome booth and partner Pavilion (Booth number 26424).

The company will make a number of announcements at CES. On the corporate front,  Smarthome will announce a re-branding of its parent company that properly reflects the company’s diverse business units, and role as a visionary think tank and industry leader delivering best-in-class home control solutions. It is announcing its new licensing strategy for Insteon chips, and the inaugural Insteon Alliance Conference scheduled for the spring of 2006.

Smarthome will also be releasing its new line of affordable Insteon-based home control lighting products. These products will enable consumers to easily and inexpensively set up reliable and user-friendly remote control systems for lighting and appliances.

“We’ve seen a marked increase in channel and development partners and we see this as further confirmation that products designed for home control are on the brink of a mass-market explosion,” said Rajeev Kapur vice president sales and marketing, Smarthome. “As industry analysts and trend watchers have long been saying, when the barriers of cost and complexity are removed, consumers will eagerly embrace technologies that allow previously inert products such as faucets, thermostats and window blinds to become part of a remotely managed network, and Insteon makes this possible.” 

Smarthome executives are actively participating in the dialogue about the future direction of the electronic home improvement and home control industry. At CES, Joe Dada, CEO of Smarthome, will participate in a home networking panel discussion, “The Long and Short of Networking Technologies,” at 3 p.m. on Jan. 5 (Session HN6, LVCC South Hall, S102-103). Dada will go head-to-head with ZigBee spokespersons to discuss how Insteon, a dual-mesh (powerline and radio frequency) home control networking technology, compares to other wireless networking solutions. 

Smarthome executives will be available for press and analyst briefings during CES (Jan. 5-8). Contact Michelle Laird at 503-705-4577 or mlaird@olearypr.com to make an appointment, or stop by booth 26424.

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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 www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

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Smarthome Partners With Integration Associates to Develop a Family of Insteon ICs

November 10, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. -  SmarthomeTM, the world’s leading authority in electronic home improvement and automation, today announced a partnership agreement with silicon supplier Integration Associates that will lead to the development of a family of Insteon Integrated Circuits (ICs). 

Insteon is a dual-mode (powerline and RF [radio frequency]) true mesh networking technology optimized for home management and control. Simple, affordable and reliable, Insteon links together core home systems such as lighting, security, comfort control, consumer electronics, appliances and safety sensors for remote monitoring and control. 

Under the terms of the agreement, Smarthome will work with Integration Associates to develop enhanced Insteon ICs. In a co-marketing agreement, the new silicon will be made available to product designers wishing to use the Insteon protocol through Smarthome and Integration Associates. 

“Insteon is the only protocol to seamlessly combine RF and powerline to create a robust and reliable dual-mode home management network,” said Nick Dutton, director of business development for Integration Associates. “Quite frankly, it removes the complexity from home automation installations, and customer acceptance of this new protocol should grow exponentially.” 

The Insteon IC product family is designed to bring together the Insteon network stack with the processing, memory, powerline and RF components into a single package solution, thus reducing size, latency and design complexity.

"This partnership will leverage Integration Associates' advanced RF design capabilities to manufacture ICs that are optimized for Insteon," said Dan Cregg, Smarthome's vice president of engineering. “By using Integration Associates' fully integrated RF technology with advanced features such as the automatic antenna tuning, which provides enhanced performance, reduced Insteon product development cycles while providing the Home Automation industry’s lowest cost Bill of Materials.” 

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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 www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

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Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com

Smarthome Insteon Alliance Passes 300-Member Mark

In Just Five Months, the Insteon Alliance has Attracted More Than 300 Active Members and Established Itself as the Force in the Market 

 

November 1, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome, the authority in electronic home improvement and automation, today announced that its Insteon Alliance, established in May 2005, has passed the 300 member mark. Insteon Alliance members, who range from grass roots developers to design engineers at Fortune 500 companies, develop best-in-class home control networking products using the Insteon technology protocol. 

The Insteon Alliance community includes the top names in technology, such as Somfy, First Alert, Maya, Integration Associates, Elk, Visonic, Universal Electronics, Exceptional Innovation and others. 

Addressing everything from lighting systems and security, to home entertainment, window treatments and faucets, Alliance members are embedding Insteon’s powerful dual-band (powerline and radio frequency) communications technology into their products, ensuring many core home systems are networked and working together. Both the technology and the Alliance guarantee that all Insteon-enabled products are interoperable and easy to use—for both developers and end-user homeowners. 

“Our customer centric approach and extensive knowledge of the market contributed to the design elements that has made Insteon a force in the market and lead to its remarkable adoption and rapidly growing Insteon Alliance membership,” said Rajeev Kapur, Smarthome’s vice president, sales and marketing. “The flexibility, cost efficiencies and robust dual-band nature of the Insteon technology platform are meeting the needs of an enthusiastic and growing Insteon developer community.” 

Three levels of INSTEON Alliance membership are available: Developer Kit Membership (for the developers kit —$99) Associate membership ($200) and Select membership ($2,000). The Associate and Select memberships are able to influence the direction, development and marketing of Insteon

“Smarthome made it so easy to join the Alliance and start using the Insteon protocol that we were able to jump-start our participation in this rapidly growing market and quickly initiate the development of new Insteon-enabled products,” said Eric Eichensehr, CTO/Partner Exceptional Innovation, LLC. “Compared to other home control networking technologies in the market Insteon had the lowest cost of entry to initiate the development cycle; that, combined with the flexibility and depth of the technology, made it an obvious choice.” 

Membership in the Alliance provides insights into the Insteon community, along with maximum industry exposure of member companies and their products. Alliance members are invited to participate in members-only forums and events throughout the year. Insteon websites, press releases and trade show pavilions will also provide new avenues of promotion for Alliance members. Members will have the opportunity to leverage an extensive retail channel, working with Smarthome to place Alliance members’ Insteon products on Insteon.net, Smarthome.com, Amazon.com and Home Depot.com or in the Smarthome catalog. 

Smarthome will be showcasing its products at EHX Nov 9 – 11, 2005 and at CES Jan 5 – 8, 2006. The Insteon Alliance will be offering a series of training seminars and demonstrations (online and live) in the months ahead, as well as launching its inaugural developer’s conference in the spring of 2006. 

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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 www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

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Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
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Smarthome Announces Software for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 for its Insteon-based Home Control Networking Products

Smarthome Timer Software Enables Homeowners to Easily Control Room Environments and Living Experiences From a PC

 

October 14, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome Inc., the authority in electronic home improvement and automation, today announced the availability of the Smarthome Timer Software for PCs running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. The software enables users to improve the home entertainment experience by establishing preset room environments from their computers.

Homeowners using the Smarthome Timer Software will be able to control all future Insteon-enabled home control products—such as their Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, television, stereo, lights and security system—from a Media Center PC with the software installed. The Timer Software is also pre-programmable and interfaces with Smarthome’s Insteon technology, using radio frequency and powerline communications. In addition to interfacing with the Media Center PC, Insteon allows the Timer Software to work independently of it, further increasing overall functionality.

The Smarthome Timer Software allows users to easily program and manage room scenes. When homeowners are ready to watch a movie, for example, they select the “home theater” scene and automatically their Xbox 360 turns on, the lights dim, the surround sound comes on, the TV screen lowers and the popcorn starts popping.

Or, a “morning” scene can program lights to come on slowly to wake the homeowners gradually, turn the sprinklers on for a sunrise watering, start the coffee percolating so it is hot and fresh when the homeowners step out of the shower, turn music on while they are getting ready and turn the security alarm on before they head out the door.

“Smarthome has brought the insights of its 15 years of working out real-world electronic home improvement solutions to the Insteon technology, and to the unique features of the Smarthome Timer Software.,” said Duke Chadsey, Vice President of Product Development. “We are pleased that Microsoft is able to take advantage of this expertise and add our home control technologies to the Media Center Edition 2005, making users experiences as affordable, easy and convenient as possible.”

“Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 continues to provide cutting-edge integrated digital entertainment experiences to a growing number of customers around the world,” said Dave Mendlen, director of Windows Consumer Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “We’re thrilled that a company such as Smarthome has made optimal use of the power of Media Center Edition 2005 to deliver increased comfort and convenience to customers who want to expand their systems to accommodate home control automation.”

The Smarthome Timer Software will be available in December and can be purchased at www.smarthome.com or by calling 800-SMARTHOME (800-762-7846). 

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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 www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

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Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
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Smarthome Announces First Insteon Home-Control Products

Initial Products Incorporating Wireless Home Network Technology Include Lighting and Appliance Controls and Software

 

June 16, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome, Inc., the world's leading provider of electronic products to improve the home, today announced initial Insteon™ products for lighting and appliance control at CES 2005 in Las Vegas this week. These first Insteon products will be demonstrated at Smarthome's booth 26624; shipping is scheduled for second quarter of 2005.

Insteon (for "instant on") is the first dual band wireless home-control network technology combining radio frequency (RF) communications with the home's existing wiring, or powerline, to deliver a secure, reliable and fast connection for automatic or remote control of lighting, security, entertainment systems, appliances and climate. 

To install Insteon, users simply need to plug-in two SignaLinc™ RF access points into their home's electrical outlets. Once the SignaLinc RF modules are in place, Insteon home-control products can be installed using a simple "Plug and Tap™" process. Initial products include wall switches and plug-in modules for lighting and appliance control. Pricing starts at $19.99.

"Our customers have been requesting a reliable, secure and affordable home automation technology since Smarthome began 13 years ago," said Joe Dada, president and CEO of Smarthome, based in Irvine, Calif. 

"Our engineers designed Insteon with the customer in mind and since it's backwards compatible with X-10™, the current home-control networking standard, customers will be able to easily adopt it without having to immediately replace all of their existing products," Dada said.

"By starting with a customer base of home automation enthusiasts, we believe Insteon will grow to mainstream markets and become the de facto home-control networking standard," Dada said. "Many OEM design engineers, home builders and remodelers, lighting, electrical and HVAC contractors, and even interior designers have been waiting for an affordable, reliable and easy-to-use home-control network technology for some time, and we believe Insteon will meet their needs."

Developed over the past four years by Smarthome engineers, Insteon utilizes an integrated dual band wireless network to create a cost effective, robust and reliable home control network.

Insteon is designed to be incorporated into products to perform essential tasks such as remotely locking the front door or automatically filling the swimming pool. Examples of Insteon applications for homeowners will be many but can include whole home scene lighting, unlocking the front door and turning lights on in the house with a key fob before entering the house, controlling thermostat settings wirelessly from another room or over the Web, having a pleasant tone ring upstairs when a washer/dryer cycle downstairs is completed, or sending a page or email alert to parents when kids return home from school.


Purchasing two SignaLinc RF products is the first process in establishing an Insteon network in the home. Once the SignaLinc RF is in place, any Insteon product can be installed, including:

 

SwitchLinc™ II Dimmer: A wire-in remote control dimmer that allows remote on/off control of lighting to personalize mood lighting for any occasion. For the first time the switches are available in white, silver/gray, black, brown, ivory or almond. Additionally, the level brightness lights are available in white, blue, red or green. 

LampLinc™ II: Allows remote on/off control as well as dimming/brightening. The two- or three-pin plug-in module can also remember different light settings for different "scenes," such as "movie time" or "dinner time."

ApplianceLinc™ II: These three-pin modules can remotely control any appliance, such as room fans or coffeemakers, or non-dimming lamps. 

KeypadLinc™ II: A wire-in controller that controls individual lights, or triggers whole-house mood lighting scenes with the touch of a button. Includes six or eight button interchangeable keypads. 

ControlLinc™ II: A plug-in desktop controller that remotely controls any Insteon or X-10 module, switch and or dimmer in a home. 

PowerLinc™ II Controller: Available with a serial or USB interface, PowerLinc II Controller is a stand-alone downloadable computer or alarm panel interface for controlling lights, appliances, heating/air conditioning and alarm systems.


"Integrating wireless with powerline is the most cost effective and reliable network technology for the home," said Dan Cregg, Vice President of engineering for Smarthome. "Previous home networking development has not focused on real consumer needs. Insteon is designed to directly meet the homeowner's need for a network to communicate simple data such as security, lighting and climate control inexpensively throughout a home. We believe this will open the electronic home improvement market to the broad consumer market."

For more information regarding Insteon, please visit Smarthome's Web site, www.smarthome.com or www.Insteon.com or call 1-800-SMARTHOME.

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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 www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

Media Contact

Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com