SmartLabs' CEO Joe Dada to Speak at Smart Homes 2011

Home Control Visionary Joins Astute Panel  

 

September 29, 2011

IRVINE, Calif. - Insteon CEO Joe Dada will be a session speaker at Smart Homes 2011, speaking on the panel "How Can We Build a Logical Standards Solution to Make the Market Move Forward." The event takes place October 4-6, 2011 at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Dada's panel will take place on October 6.

Smart Homes 2011 is a three-day event focused on insights into smart home deployment, with an emphasis on driving return on investment (ROI) and ensuring the commercial rational for smart homes is realized. The event is attended by executives from the top European utilities, telecom providers, and appliance manufacturers, as well as the world's leading smart home solutions providers.

Joining Dada in the panel will be Ricco Winther, Director of Sales, Z-Wave Europe; Bob Heile, Chairman, Zigbee Alliance, USA; Steve Leussink, System Architect, Ultra Low Energy (ULE), Dialog Semiconductor, The Netherlands; and Steven De Bruyne, System Manager, KNX Association, Belgium.

"I'm very excited to speak as part of the panel regarding standards," commented Dada. "Our vision is simple - the best standards decision makers are consumers. Too often decision makers are swayed by an idea or a slick presentation, rather than a proven track record with results. Identifying the right standards can certainly propel the idea of smart homes forward."

Dada founded SmartLabs in 1992 as a startup. Shortly thereafter he launched Smarthome.com, becoming one of the world's first ecommerce companies. During the late 1990's, he acquired two product engineering firms, formed SmartLabs Design, and began designing and manufacturing proprietary remote control lighting and related products. Between 2000 and 2005, he led the development of Insteon®, a dual-mesh (RF plus Powerline) networking technology which is now the best selling home area networking technology. Dada is currently on the University of California, Irvine Extension's Sustainable Buildings: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy advisory board, assisting in the direction and development of the curriculum, marketing and partnership opportunities. Dada holds a bachelor's degree with honors in engineering and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana.

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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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Sprint, SmartLabs and Proliphix Make Energy Management Available to Businesses and Consumers

Companies reduce energy costs and enhance the overall effectiveness of the smart grid. Open networks, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and collaboration make the grid smarter

 

September 8, 2011

IRVINE, Calif. - Modernizing the nation's electric infrastructure will likely be a daunting task that will take utilities years to implement; however, there are proactive steps that businesses and homeowners can take today to more effectively manage energy consumption. With that in mind, Sprint (NYSE: S) is working with Proliphix and SmartLabs to make energy management tools available and easy to install for end users, including businesses and consumers.

Sprint today announced that the Proliphix IMT-550 Internet Managed Thermostat is now available with Sprint wireless network connectivity. This connected thermostat allows small- to medium-sized retail business owners to reduce energy expenses and remotely monitor their storefronts while achieving a positive return on investment in just months. It supports three external wired sensors, which can sense temperature or dry contact closures from external equipment. Each of the sensors can provide independent alarms via email or text message when alerts are needed. Proliphix, an energy conservation controls company, is the creator of the first IP-enabled intelligent network thermostat.

Sprint today also announced that SmartLabs Insteon will be available in late 2011 with embedded Sprint network connectivity. This plug-n-play system will allow property owners to access and control energy consumption from a Web portal or a Sprint smartphone. Insteon-compatible products enable energy management, demand response and scheduled load-shedding with real-time reporting and alerts. Property owners can schedule electrical devices to be turned on or off based on time of day, occupancy, weather conditions or ambient light levels. Property owners can also opt-in for the utility to turn devices off when the local demand for electricity is exceedingly high. Insteon can be used to control indoor and outdoor lighting, security systems, heating and cooling (HVAC), appliances, door locks and more while using existing wired infrastructure. Pilot testing is under way at a Sprint retail store where energy savings exceeds 28 percent. 

Empowering application developers
Proliphix and SmartLabs are examples of the collaborative approach Sprint takes to enable wireless, smart energy solutions. Rather than dictating what developers can do on the Sprint network, Sprint makes available application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow businesses to develop their own wireless applications that take advantage of capabilities at the network, IT, service and device levels. 

"With more than a dozen years developing communications products in the M2M market, Sprint is dedicated to working with smart energy companies like Proliphix and SmartLabs to bring innovative and sustainable technology to market," said Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. "Developers have told us they thrive in an open development environment that accelerates their speed to market with simple, unencumbered access to our full complement of network capabilities. Considering that they are delivering wireless applications for the purpose of energy management and conversation, Sprint is eager to invest in those technologies and processes." 

To meet the demand for developer support and network certification, Sprint opened the Sprint M2M Collaboration Center in Burlingame, Calif. last year. The center is a hands-on, interactive lab where ideas, knowledge and technology unite to produce wirelessly enabled M2M concepts and products. Engineers from Sprint and other companies collaborate to rapidly bring new M2M solutions to the marketplace. 

Sprint recently introduced the Sprint Command Center, a Web-based portal that allows businesses with Sprint wireless-connected products the ability to manage, activate and de-activate each device. In addition, businesses can suspend service, run usage reports and set alerts on how much data each module is consuming, without ever having to call Sprint directly. 

Sprint rejects the idea that the carrier knows best and instead focuses on leveraging its assets to drive innovation to the market. In support of this strategy the company will host the Sprint 2011 Open Solutions Conference, Nov. 2-4, in Santa Clara, Calif. Developers, enterprises and entrepreneurs will gather to gain valuable insight into the next evolution in wireless data. Attendees will learn about Sprint's open enablement strategy, creating applications, enterprise M2M solutions, go-to-market strategies, approaches to make developers more profitable, and current Sprint tools and capabilities across devices, networks and platforms. 

Sprint is committed to delivering and supporting innovative ideas in the broad ecosystem of wireless hardware and 3G/4G cellular services needed. Visit www.sprint.com/utilities for further details and view Sprint's utility video. Sprint has a dedicated team that works with entrepreneurial companies to bring specialized capabilities to fast-growing M2M segments that include utility automation, smart energy, renewables, connected transportation, and a variety of other asset-tracking applications. Sprint has certified hundreds of M2M solutions with millions of devices running on its network today. 

Environmental sustainability
Sprint's commitment to help develop smart grid solutions is part of its overall dedication to environmental sustainability. In 2008, Sprint became the first United States wireless provider to establish a clear environmental vision by publishing a set of long-term environmental goals. Sprint committed to reduce operational waste to landfills by 30 percent by 2017. And the company is working to ensure that 90 percent of its suppliers (based on spend) comply with environmental and social standards by 2017 as well. 

Sprint's industry-leading role in corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability continues to receive recognition. For the second year in a row, Sprint ranked highest among all U.S. telecom companies on Newsweek's 2010 Rankings of America's Greenest Companies at No. 6, up from No. 15 in 2009. Sprint was also ranked highest among the wireless carrier industry on the Carbon Disclosure Project's "Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index." Sprint also received Frost & Sullivan's 2010 North American Green Excellence of the Year Award in Mobile & Wireless for its demonstrated leadership and commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, proactive approach to the deployment of renewable energy, and aggressive cell-phone recycling efforts. To learn more about Sprint programs that protect the environment, go towww.sprint.com/responsibility or follow @SprintGreenNews on Twitter. 

GridWeek 2011
Sprint is a silver sponsor of GridWeek in Washington, D.C. Sept. 12-15, where major stakeholders and government agencies will gather to discuss regulatory policy, showcase supporting hardware and technology, and participate in a variety of educational tracks from industry-leading speakers. Sprint technology solutions representatives will be located in booth No. 303. 

About the Sprint Emerging Solutions Group
With more than a dozen years of experience with M2M, Sprint has been at the forefront of this wireless industry revolution, teaming with and supporting a large and diverse portfolio of innovative partners to create smarter wireless solutions that change the way people work and live. To learn more, view this special "What if ..." M2M video and visit www.sprint.com/m2m.

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About Sprint
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 52 million customers at the end of 2Q 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint andwww.twitter.com/sprint

 

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™ Introduces Three New RemoteLinc Insteon Products

RemoteLinc 2 - Insteon Wireless Switch; RemoteLinc 2 - Insteon Wireless Keypad, 4 Scene; and RemoteLinc 2 - Insteon Wireless Keypad, 8 Scene

 

September 1, 2011

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome announces the release of three new members to the RemoteLinc line of Insteon wireless controllers - RemoteLinc 2 Switch; RemoteLinc 2 Keypad 4 Scene; and RemoteLinc 2 Keypad 8 Scene. All three products, and their accessories, are currently available for pre-order, and are expected to begin shipping at the end of September.

The RemoteLinc 2 - Insteon Wireless Switch is an easy-to-use wireless remote that allows users to control Insteon dimmers, switches and plug-in or receptacle dimmers. Like a traditional switch, tapping the top paddle turns the lights on and tapping the bottom paddle turns the lights off. The product can also be used as a dimmer by pressing and holding the switch. Additional programming options allow the RemoteLinc 2 - Insteon Wireless Switch to function as a 2-scene controller.

Much like the switch, both the RemoteLinc 2 - Insteon Wireless Keypad, 4-Scene and 8-scene versions allow users to control Insteon dimmers and switches, however in a multi-button keypad. The 4-scene model can control four separate lights (or scenes) with ON/OFF capabilities. The 8-scene model can control eight separate lights (or scenes) with ON/OFF capabilities.

All three RemoteLinc 2 products can be used as a handheld remote control, a tabletop control (when used with the tabletop stand), from the car (when used with the visor clip) or as an additional wall switch, anywhere it is needed in the home, without having to rewire (when mounted in the wall mount bracket).

Each new RemoteLinc 2 is just 2.6 inches high by 1.3 inches wide and communicates to other Insteon products via RF (radio frequency) signals. The products are powered by a rechargeable lithium battery. Based on average usage, the expected battery life between charges is > 6 months, but can easily be recharged using a standard USB Micro-B cable.

More information regarding the RemoteLinc 2 products can be found at www.smarthome.com/remotelinc2, and all Insteon products can be purchased atwww.smarthome.com/insteon

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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, Inc. Names Joe Gerber President and COO

Respected Aerospace Executive Joins Home Automation Leader

 

August 25, 2011

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs, Inc., the leader in home automation technology development and sales, announced today it has appointed Joe Gerber to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer. He will report to CEO Joe Dada. 

"We are very excited to have Joe join our executive team," commented Dada. "His experience will be invaluable as we continue to expand our sales through partners and retail channels, while also developing the best in class in home control and automation products."

"Becoming the President and COO of SmartLabs is certainly a tremendous opportunity," said Gerber. "The business is poised for growth in many directions, and I look forward to guiding the company to achieve that growth."

Gerber joins SmartLabs from Composites Unlimited, a leading design, engineering and composites manufacturing firm servicing the commercial and military aerospace markets, where he held the position of President. 

Prior to Composites Unlimited, Gerber served as the Managing Director at US Business Exchange (USBX), a boutique investment bank providing buy and sell-side transaction services, and advisory services in the areas of private placements, acquisition finance, recapitalizations and refinancings to mid-market companies and private equity groups. Gerber also held executive positions with eMerge Corporation (which was acquired by USBX) and a division of Citigroup. He began his career with Nissho Iwai American Corporation.

Gerber holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Founded in 1992, SmartLabs is the parent company of Smarthome&trade, the largest retailer of home automation and control products. Smarthome sells online through its award-winning website at Smarthome.com, its direct mail catalog, its partners - such as Amazon, New Egg, Crutchfield and Tiger Direct, and its brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA. SmartLabs also has an engineering and design business unit, SmartLabs Design, which creates products featuring Insteon® , the company's award-winning home automation and control technology. 

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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™ Introduces New KeypadLinc™ - Insteon® 6-Button Scene Control Keypad with On/Off Switch (Dual-Band)

July 11, 2011

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome announces the release of the new KeypadLinc - Insteon 6-Button Scene Control with On/Off Switch (Dual-Band). The product, which supports voltages from 120 to 277V, is a dual-band alternative to the popular KeypadLinc Relay - Insteon 6-Button Scene Control Keypad with On/Off Switch, which has been a popular seller since its launch in 2008.

The new product is a full-featured keypad that can be remotely controlled by powerline and radio frequency (RF) Insteon controllers, and also doubles as an Access Point, relaying RF and powerline signals to other Insteon-compatible devices. The dual-band technology not only increases the reliability of the controller, but for the user's entire Insteon network.

The simple-to-use KeypadLinc is like having three products in one: an in-wall controller, a 20-amp on/off switch and an Insteon Access Point. It can also control any load type including fluorescent lights, fans and motors. With the ability to handle up to 277V, KeypadLinc is the perfect energy saving, wireless controller for commercial building automation systems.

"The new KeypadLinc Switch continues our efforts to provide the best, most reliable home automation network to our customers," commented Laurie Maroni, Vice President of Marketing at Smarthome. "The dual-band technology increases the reliability of the user's entire Insteon network, while the added voltage if 277V expands the applications for the product." 

The KeypadLinc - Insteon 6-Button Scene Control Keypad with ON/Off Switch (Dual-Band), which passed stringent certification and beta tests, is currently available for pre-order for $79.99 at Smarthome.com, and is expected to begin shipping in August.

All Insteon products can be purchased at www.smarthome.com/insteon 

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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).

 

About Smarthome™ 
Smarthome was created based on the realization of a need for automated products that make lives easier, safer and more enjoyable. Today, Smarthome sells more than 13,000 hard-to-find products, including home automation solutions featuring award-winning Insteon technology. Smarthome sells online through its award-winning website at Smarthome.com, its direct mail catalog, its partners - such as Amazon, New Egg, Crutchfield and Tiger Direct, and its brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.

 

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Insteon
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