SMARTLABS DESIGN IS NAMED CES INNOVATIONS 2007 DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD HONOREE

November 8, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. -  The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®) today announced SmartLabs Design as an International CES Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for the SocketLinc Dimmer at the International CES New York Press Preview. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade press to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products.  

The SocketLinc Dimmer is the first full-functioning screw-in dimmer designed for individual light bulbs and fixtures. It fits lamps of all sizes and uses the Insteon wireless home control networking technology to provide custom lighting control.

"The SocketLinc is the only device to combine a sleek, compact form factor in a dimmable device," said Duke Chadsey, vice president of SmartLabs. "And although it is powerful enough for integrated home control systems, it is also user-friendly enough for consumers who are not tech-savvy. Users simply screw in the SocketLinc and the lamp is not only dimmable it becomes part of the Insteon home control network."

As a widely renowned consumer technology awards program that began in 1989, the prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards recognize achievements in product design and engineering. It is sponsored by CEA, the producer of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the voice of industrial design, committed to advancing the profession through education, information, community and advocacy.

SmartLabs Design’s SocketLinc Dimmer will be displayed at the 2007 International CES, which runs January 8-11, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase will feature honorees by product category at Innovations Plus at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Booth #68747. New for 2007: High-Performance Audio (HPA) Innovations Honorees will also be exhibited in The Venetian on the third floor, across from the San Polo Ballroom. Best of Innovations honoree products will also be displayed at the Grand Lobby of Las Vegas Convention Center, next to Experience CEA, and at CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES. Visit www.CESweb.org/innovations for details on Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Honorees. 

Products entered into Innovations 2007 must be available to market to U.S. retail outlets or on the company website between January 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007. The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria: 

  • Engineering qualities of the product, including technical specifications and materials used 
  • The product’s intended use/function and user value 
  • Aesthetic and design qualities (using visuals provided) 
  • Unique and novel features 
  • Contributions to consumers’ quality of life 
  • Impact on the manufacturer’s business model

Products chosen as Innovations honorees reflect the innovative design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs. 

Innovations honoree products are featured on www.CESweb.org/Innovations, where you can see a list of product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL. 

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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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Frost & Sullivan Presents SmartLabs’ Insteon Wireless Home Control Technology with 2006 Emerging Technology Award for Home Automation

September 12, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - Frost & Sullivan selected SmartLabs™, Inc. as the recipient of the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Emerging Technology Award for developing Insteon™, an innovative wireless home control technology. The company has edged ahead of its competitors by creating a technology that is optimized for the home environment and the consumer. 

Insteon is a technology that simply works. It is reliable, easy to install and manage. Plus, it is low costs so that the devices embedded with the technology remain affordable. Insteon’s contributing attributes make home control accessible to the mass market. 

“The market for home control is in a growth phase and presents a huge potential for growth driven by increasing awareness about the benefits of these systems, penetration of these systems into mid range of homes, and better economic conditions,” according to Frost & Sullivan analysts R. Srivatsan and Jorge Moreno. “The increase in the sales of home control systems has had a direct effect on the demand for network system protocols. Moreover, the increasing trend of homeowners preferring open protocols has enabled new companies like SmartLabs with superior technology to enter the market.”

Insteon connects devices both wirelessly and via the powerline and provides a simple, affordable and reliable means to link core home systems such as lighting, security, comfort control, consumer electronics, appliances and safety sensors for remote monitoring and control. 

Some of the major challenges faced by market participants include educating end-users about benefits offered by these protocols, and constant innovation to meet the changing needs of the consumers. SmartLabs has garnered a higher customer base, penetrated new markets and geographic regions, developed strategic partnerships, and continuously re-evaluated its market strategies to stay abreast of the home automation market. 

“SmartLabs is the only company in the home control space with direct access to consumers,” said Joe Dada, founder and CEO of SmartLabs, Inc. “We have 13 years of feedback from our customers who tell us they want to use home automation to control their homes. We created Insteon as technology that makes it easy and affordable for consumers to create a home control network to add convenience, efficiency and safety to one of their most important investments – their home.” 

In the due course, developers must also emphasize on simple and affordable systems to address the needs of all consumers. To further advance the development of Insteon, SmartLabs created the Insteon Alliance, which is an open forum for product developers to aid in the development of better applications and chart out product development for Insteon-enabled products. 

“The increasing reach of the Insteon Alliance and feedback about applications from homeowners help in the development of next-generation solutions,” notes Moreno. “Within a short span, Insteon has seen a very high level of acceptance, which has helped the company achieve higher growth rates.” 

SmartLabs licenses its technology to manufacturers that want its products to part of an Insteon home control network. Manufacturers of security alarms, ceiling fans, temperature controls, garage door openers, pool and spa controls and access controls are adopters of the Insteon technology. However, any home product such as window blinds, faucets, or other devices can be embedded with an Insteon chip.

"Recently, SmartLabs introduced ALL-Link interoperability, which allows any Insteon enabled controller to operate any other device on its network,” continued Moreno. “This further widens the market reach of Insteon because it ensures that different manufacturers’ products will work together."

Each year Frost & Sullivan presents this Award to a company that has demonstrated technological superiority within its industry. The Award recognizes the ability of the company to successfully develop or introduce a new technology, formulate a well-designed product family, and make significant product performance contributions to the industry. 

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry. 

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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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SmartLabs’ HouseLinc Desktop Software Wins Electronic House Product of the Year Award for 2006

HouseLinc Allows Home Control Management of Insteon-enabled Devices from PC

 

July 18, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs™, Inc. the world’s leading authority in home control and automation, announced today that it has won the Electronic House Product of the Year Award for 2006 for its Home Management PC Software. The award-winning HouseLinc™ Desktop Software is full-functioning software designed for the management of Insteon-enabled devices in the home. 

SmartLabs’ Insteon home control networking technology uses a simple, low-cost combination of wireless and power line communications to link core home systems such as lighting, security, comfort control, consumer electronics, appliances and safety sensors for remote monitoring and control. By linking all devices through the HouseLinc software, integrators as well as consumers will be able to manage every automated device in the home. 

“HouseLinc software allows you to create scenes, manage all links and create time and event triggers from the convenience of your PC,” said Joe Dada, CEO and founder of SmartLabs, Inc. “This is also the first product to translate X10 to Insteon, allowing integrators such as home automation installers and electricians to take full advantage of the Insteon network.” 

Editors from Electronic House Publishing’s four magazines – all focused on cutting-edge home technology – chose the HouseLinc Desktop Software as one of their favorite products based on product reviews and demos, and comments from installers and users of the various products. The criteria for winning the award included technological innovation, combined with overall value and outstanding features. 

SmartLabs plans to release HouseLinc Desktop Software in early Q3. The software is $69.99 and can be ordered at Smarthome.com. For more information about SmartLabs and the Insteon home control technology, please visit www.smartlabsinc.com. SmartLabs is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. 

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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

SmartLabs’ Insteon Wins AeA High Tech Award for Innovative Technology of the Year

AeA Orange County Council Selects Insteon Wireless Home Control Technology for its Consumer Appeal

May 22, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs, Inc.™, the world’s leading authority in home control and automation, has won the AeA High Tech Award for Innovative Technology of the Year for its Insteon™ wireless home control technology. The AeA Orange County Council made the announcement at its 13th Annual High Tech Innovation Awards ceremony on May 18. 

SmartLabs’ Insteon home control networking technology uses a simple, low-cost combination of wireless and power line communications to link core home systems such as lighting, security, comfort control, consumer electronics, appliances and safety sensors for remote monitoring and control. 

“With nearly 14 years of consumer feedback about how people want home control to work in their homes, for security and energy management for example, SmartLabs created Insteon for the homeowner,” said Joe Dada, founder and CEO, SmartLabs. “We are honored that the AeA recognizes how important Insteon will be in fulfilling our vision of making home control available to everyone.”

Ultimately, Insteon makes home control readily available for adoption by the mass market. Because the technology is affordable, it keeps the product price for consumer devices down. And, because it is simple for the homeowner to install and it is reliable, products with Insteon can be sold in mass market retailers like Home Depot as well as by dealers, distributors and installers (e.g. electricians). 

For more information about SmartLabs and Insteon home control technology, please visit www.smartlabsinc.com and www.insteon.com. SmartLabs is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. 

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

Rob Enderle Named Keynote Speaker for Inaugural Insteon Development and Technology Conference

President and Principal Analyst with Enderle Group Addresses. How to Build a Perfect Storm for Home Automation 

April 12, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. -  The Insteon™ Alliance announced today that Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst with Enderle Group, will deliver a keynote address for its inaugural Insteon Development and Technology Conference May 2, 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. 

Enderle, who has helped companies like Microsoft, HP, IBM, Dell, Toshiba, AMD, Intel, AMD, Philips, Sony and Texas Instruments anticipate technology changes, in his keynote speech will address how companies can build the perfect storm for home automation. 

“The technology advances in home automation are driving price, ease of use and compelling consumer applications that will push home automation over the tipping point to broad market adoption,” says Enderle. “I will address the why behind home automation’s relatively slow market adoption and point out how, with a little help, technology companies and consumer electronics manufacturer can move the market to broad adoption.” 

The Enderle Group is a forward looking emerging technology advisory firm. With over 25 years experience, it has provided regional and global companies with guidance in how to better target customer needs; create new business opportunities,; anticipate technology changes; select vendors and products; and present their products in the best possible light. Before founding Enderle Group, Rob was the senior research fellow for Forrester Research and the Giga Information Group before that he was with Dataguest where he became one of the most widely publicized technology analysts in the world. 

The Insteon Alliance consists of more than 700 member companies and developers that are implementing the Insteon wireless home control technology that leverages the powerline to offer the most cost effective, reliable and simple-to-use platform forconsumer electronics products. Insteon technology is the award-winning home control networking technology created by SmartLabs.

“We are on the threshold of mass market adoption of home automation,” says Rajeev Kapur, president of SmartLabs. “We decided early on that for home control to reach the mass market, Insteon needed to be based on a technology that made it reliable, affordable and simple to use. The time is right for developers, OEMs and technology companies knocking on the door of the digital home to pick the technology optimized for the home and the home owner.” 

Decision makers evaluating home control and the future of the connected home are invited to attend the Insteon Development and Technology Conference to be held in conjunction with Parks Associates CONNECTIONS™ the Digital Home Conference May 2-4 in Santa Clara, Calif. 

The cost is $250 for the Insteon Development and Technology Conference. For a full agenda and more information, visit www.insteon.net. Attendees need not be Insteon Alliance members. 

For more information about Insteon, the Insteon Alliance and its inaugural Development and Technology Conference, please visit www.insteon.net. 

Members of the press interested in attending the event, please contact Michelle Laird at 503-705-4577 or email pr@smartlabsinc.com. 

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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