Insteon Announces Membership in the Thread Group

Insteon joins IoT consortium helping to drive adoption of Thread wireless networking protocol

December 17, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. – Insteon, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced that it has joined the Thread Group, an industry organization dedicated to market education and product certification for Thread, a low-power, wireless mesh networking protocol designed to easily and securely connect hundreds of devices in the home. Insteon will have access to the Thread specifications, which are built on open standards and IPv6 technology with 6LoWPAN at its foundation, and will be able to certify and brand Thread-compliant products starting in the second half of 2015.

The Thread Group was formed by seven industry-leading organizations including Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale® Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM. They developed Thread to provide a new and better way to connect products in the home by building on proven technology standards.

“We developed Thread to provide an easy and secure way for product developers and consumers to connect products in the home to each other and directly to the cloud. We’ve seen incredible momentum to date, and our membership has grown to more than 50 companies,” said Chris Boross, president, the Thread Group and technical product manager, Nest Labs. “We’re delighted that Insteon will join our efforts to establish Thread as the most widely-adopted protocol powering the next generation of the connected home.”

“Insteon is a proud contributor to the larger connected home ecosystem, as evidenced by our membership in the Thread Group,” said Joe Dada, CEO of Insteon. “This is especially important as the industry shifts from a PC-centric world to a mobile-centric world. While Insteon has become a leading connectivity protocol with massive consumer adoption, the company also has the flexibility to work with other connected-home protocols via cloud-to-cloud or TCP/IP as it makes business sense to do so. We believe strongly in the approach that the Thread Group is taking, and we’re proud to lend our expertise to such a marquis group of companies who are working collaboratively to bring IoT into the mainstream.”

Insteon is a global leader in the home automation and control industry, with more than 20 years of industry leadership and a global footprint of more than 200 different connected devices being sold across 2,500 mainstream retailers including Walmart, Costco and Home Depot. Insteon was founded in 2005 to give motion sensors, lights, thermostats and other common household items the ability to function through RF and Powerline communications. Insteon is powerful, reliable and simple. This means homeowners can easily install their system on their own and then run it from any smartphone, tablet or computer from anywhere in the world.

A Better Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home 
Using proven standards and IPv6 technology with 6LoWPAN as its foundation, Thread offers numerous advantages over existing wireless standards:

  1. IP-based technology: Thread is an Internet protocol designed specifically for the Internet of Things. It takes existing technologies and leverages the best parts of each to provide a better way to connect products in the home.
  2. Reliable networks: Thread offers robust self-healing mesh networks that scale to hundreds of devices with no single point of failure. Devices are ready when people need them.
  3. Secure networks: Thread networks feature secure, banking-class encryption. Thread closes identified security holes found in other wireless protocols and provides worry-free operation.
  4. Simple connectivity: Thread devices are simple to install with a smartphone, tablet or computer. Consumers can securely connect Thread devices in the home to each other and to the cloud for easy control and access from anywhere.
  5. Low power: Thread supports battery-operated devices as part of a home network. This allows the devices that people use every day – including thermostats, lighting controls, safety and security products – to be a part of the network without requiring constant charging or frequent battery changes.

The first Thread-certified products are expected to ship in late 2015.

About Insteon®
Insteon® transforms the "connected home" from a buzzword into reality. We make life simple by connecting you to the things that matter. Control your lights, alarms, thermostats – all your things – from wherever you are in the world. Insteon's patented technology is simple and reliable, powering the most fail-safe connected home on the market. With more than 200 Insteon products available today and thousands of developers, we bring all of the things in your home into elegant command. Imagine a lifestyle where all of your things work together in perfect harmony. That's the power of Insteon.

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 Thread 
Designed for consumers and devices in and around the home, Thread easily and securely connects hundreds of devices to each other and directly to the cloud using real Internet Protocols in a low-power, wireless mesh network. The non-profit Thread Group is focused on making Thread the foundation for the Internet of Things in the home, educating product developers and consumers on the unique features and benefits of Thread and ensuring a great user experience through rigorous, meaningful product certification. Thread is backed by industry-leading companies including Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM. For more information, please visitwww.threadgroup.org.

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Connected Home Game-changer: Insteon Releases New Hub at $39.99 and Free in the Most Popular Retail Kits

Most Affordable and Reliable Internet of Things Hub in the Market Now Available

December 02, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. – Insteon, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced a new flagship Insteon Hub, the central controller for all the smart devices in a connected home. New features include field upgradability, easy setup and improved wireless range – all for the introductory price of $39.99 and free in Insteon’s most popular retail kits.

“We’ve made it more affordable and efficient to get your home connected,” said Joe Dada, CEO of Insteon. “We’ve demolished barriers in order to reach the broadest customer demographic.”

At a glance, the new Insteon Hub offers the following new features:

  • Reduced cost. The lowest cost connected home hub on the market.
  • Field upgradable. Receive new feature updates.
  • Easiest set-up. Three minute setup times are common.
  • 50 percent improvement to Insteon’s already leading wireless range.
  • Live status. Offers on-screen updates for connected items.
  • Smaller, sleeker design.

The new Insteon Hub is available now at Walmart, Menards and Smarthome.com, also launching soon at other major retailers including Best Buy, Microsoft Store, Home Depot, Target.com, Sears, TigerDirect and Radio Shack.

The new Insteon Hub can be purchased individually for $39.99 only through Smarthome.com

Insteon is the world’s best-selling wireless home-control networking technology and has been in business for more than a decade. Common applications include communicating lights, thermostats, sensors and much more. Insteon lets you reliably control your things remotely from smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops. Dual-band Insteon signals communicate simultaneously via radio waves and a home’s electrical wiring, making Insteon 100 times more reliable than competing solutions.

What’s more, Insteon’s range is unsurpassed and it is scalable enough to support the most complex connected home and even large commercial applications. Insteon’s simulcast technology can simultaneously activate thousands of items from a single signal and is backward- and forward-compatible with all Insteon products. Insteon is also the most affordable complete connected home solution on the market today, with products readily available at leading retailers nationwide.

 For more information about INSTEON, please visit www.insteon.com.

About Insteon
Insteon® transforms the "connected home" from a buzzword into reality. We make life simple by connecting you to the things that matter. Control your lights, alarms, thermostats – all your things – from wherever you are in the world. Insteon's patented technology is simple and reliable, powering the most fail-safe connected home on the market. With more than 200 Insteon products available today and thousands of developers, we bring all of the things in your home into elegant command. Imagine a lifestyle where all of your things work together in perfect harmony. That's the power of Insteon.

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® Announces World’s First Remote-controlled Dual On/Off Outlet

November 11, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. – Insteon, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced the world’s first dual-on/off, dual-band outlet. Now consumers can separately and remotely control each of two sockets with a degree of reliability 100 times greater than competing protocols.

“Insteon’s new On/Off Outlet is yet another example of Insteon’s extraordinary range and versatility in today’s connected home,” said Joe Dada, CEO of Insteon. “Now consumers have significantly more flexibility as they seek to set scenes, and save power. In particular, the combination of RF and Powerline communications in a single device makes it the most reliable outlet of its kind.”

At a glance, the features of Insteon’s new On/Off Outlet include:

  • Separate controls for each socket
  • Dual band communications – via the combination of RF and Powerline communications
  • Tamper-proof shutters to prevent shocks and burns
  • Control for up to 15 Amps
  • Smaller case enclosure for easier installation
  • A variety of colors, including white, almond, light almond, ivory, black, brown and grey

Insteon’s new On/Off Outlet is available starting today for $59.99 in white and $64.99 in the other colors.

The Insteon family of 200-plus devices turns any home into a connected home. Insteon users can set up lighting scenes, schedule lights to automatically turn on and off, and monitor their homes via wireless cameras from any mobile device. Insteon also offers a suite of sensors that allows users to receive instant alerts when doors and windows are opened, smoke and carbon monoxide is detected, or when there is a water leak in the home. Insteon provides all of this and more via free apps for iOS, Android, and Windows devices with no monthly fees.

 For more information about Insteon, please visit www.insteon.com.

About Insteon
Insteon® transforms the "connected home" from a buzzword into reality. We make life simple by connecting you to the things that matter. Control your lights, alarms, thermostats – all your things – from wherever you are in the world. Insteon's patented technology is simple and reliable, powering the most fail-safe connected home on the market. With more than 200 Insteon products available today and thousands of developers, we bring all of the things in your home into elegant command. Imagine a lifestyle where all of your things work together in perfect harmony. That's the power of Insteon.

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 CEO to Speak at CONNECTIONS™ Europe 2014

Insteon CEO Joe Dada to Present Strategies for the Connected Home Industry at CONNECTIONS EUROPE

November 10, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. –Insteon®, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced that Insteon CEO, Joe Dada, will participate as a speaker at the upcoming CONNECTIONS™ Europe Conference, hosted by Parks Associates, November 18-19 in Amsterdam where he will share his expert insights on the future of connected home products and services, competition and interoperability. Dada will participate in the session Innovations and Interoperability: Competition within the Smart Home on Wednesday, November 19 at 16:15. 
Dada has been an innovator of home automation technology and products for more than 20 years. He engineered the world’s first network-controlled bulb in 2012. Under his leadership, Insteon possesses the largest catalog of connected home products on the market today, boasting a family of 200-plus devices.

With its simple installation, instant setup process and trustworthy communication, Insteon has become the industry’s premier remote control networking technology. By making every networked device talk to each other via radio frequencies and existing electrical wiring, Insteon eliminates the need for custom wiring and ensures that every device is always connected. 

CONNECTIONS Europe is part of the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, hosted by international market research firm, Parks Associates. These interactive events host 100-125 executives in an intimate setting to learn, network, and address key issues relevant to digital products and services for consumers. CONNECTIONS Europe will take place November 18-19, 2014, in Amsterdam at the Mövenpick Hotel. 

Insteon is also a sponsor of CONNECTIONS Europe and will be featured in the showcase area during the event.

About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, Calif., 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 CONNECTIONS™ Europe
CONNECTIONS™ Europe, produced by Parks Associates, is an executive conference focused on the connected home ecosystem and the Internet of Things as it relates to the connected consumer. The two-day executive summit, with research and data from Parks Associates industry analysts, examines the impact of connected devices and services, including entertainment, controls, digital media, security, and cloud services, and offers insight into new and innovative business strategies and partnerships, current and future technologies, and critical issues, including privacy and interoperability, and their effect on consumer engagement.

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Insteon Connected Home Products Available at Select Walmart Stores Near You

Insteon Brings Home Automation to the Masses as Holiday Shopping Gears Up

November 04, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. – Insteon, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced that its connected home products and kits are now available in more than 1,500 Walmart stores across the nation, just in time for the holiday season.

The Insteon products now available at Walmart stores include:

  • Starter Kit
  • Assurance Kit
  • Motion Sensor
  • Dimmer Wall Switch
  • Door/Window Sensor
  • LED Bulb
  • On/Off Module
  • Leak Sensor
  • Indoor Camera, White

“Our presence in Walmart stores marks the arrival of mainstream adoption of connected home devices,” said Joe Dada, CEO, Insteon. “We are proud that Insteon is leading the charge and are thrilled to see our products on Walmart shelves as we enter into the busiest shopping season of the year.”

The Insteon family of 200-plus devices delivers on the promise of a connected home. Insteon users can set up lighting scenes, schedule lights to automatically turn on and off, and monitor their homes via wireless cameras from any mobile device. Insteon also offers a suite of sensors that allows users to receive instant notification alerts when doors and windows are opened, smoke and carbon monoxide is detected, or when there is a water leak in the home. Insteon provides all of this and more via free apps for iOS, Android, and Windows devices with no monthly fees.

With its simple installation, instant setup process and trustworthy communication, Insteon has become the industry’s premier remote control networking technology. By making every networked device talk to each other via radio frequencies and existing electrical wiring, Insteon eliminates the need for custom wiring and ensures that every device is always connected.

In addition to their availability in select Walmart stores across the country, these and many more Insteon products are available for online purchase at Walmart.com.

 For more information about Insteon, please visit www.insteon.com.

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).