automation

Insteon Now Available in Saudi Arabia

Insteon’s First Distribution Partner in the Middle East, AELIA ArchiTech

 

January 15, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. - Insteon, manufacturers of the best-selling home automation and control technology, announced the availability of Insteon products in Saudi Arabia through their new distribution partner, AELIA ArchiTech. Bringing their vast knowledge of the market and technical background, AELIA allows Insteon to match the right solution to the right customer for a seamless experience.

“We were absolutely impressed with the tenacity with which AELIA has pursued home automaton. We are excited to have them representing our technology in Saudi Arabia, our first foray into the Middle East.” Joe Dada, CEO, Insteon.

With a goal of improving public awareness about building infrastructure technology, AELIA ArchiTech is a leading organization fostering cooperation between architects, building planners and designers. Functioning as a liaison, AELIA maintains a necessary presence to mediate high-technology and timeless building techniques.

AELIA ArchiTech is distributing a large range of Insteon products, some specifically designed for the Saudi Arabian home control market. For more information about Insteon in Saudi Arabia, visit www.insteon.com.

With its simple installation and setup process and trustworthy communication, Insteon has become the industry’s premier remote control networking technology. Plug-in modules and in-wall switches make it possible to add wireless control to any appliance in a home or business without having to hire a contractor. By making every networked device talk to each other via radio frequencies and existing electrical wiring, Insteon eliminates the need for custom wiring.

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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

Insteon Automation Systems and Security

August 2, 2013

IRVINE, Calif. - Recently there have been a number of articles written about the potential for ‘smart homes’ to get hacked. Insteon wants its customers and partners to know that it is committed to ensuring a safe and secure experience for everyone. To that end, we take reports of security vulnerabilities seriously and are dedicated to working to remediate them.

The Insteon Hub has authentication and is as secure as other comparable products in the home.  If a hacker is able to breach the home network, it is up to individual devices to provide the next line of defense. This defense includes customers setting up authentication (strong username and password combinations) and keeping their home IP addresses private. We recommend that customers do not post links or shortcuts to devices in their home (including cameras, televisions, game consoles and home automation systems) on the Internet. 

Clearly, with the advancement of technology, new benefits and risks often surround the adoption of products. We believe the benefit and convenience of home automation technology outweigh the risks. Having said that, we will continue to strive to be the best in our industry – this means offering our customers the best products with the highest level of security and protection available, and continuous improvement of those products.

Sincerely,
Joe Dada, CEO of Insteon & Joe Gerber, President & COO, 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

Insteon Home Automation Products Now Available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand

May 22, 2013

IRVINE, Calif. - Insteon®, manufacturers of the best-selling, most reliable home automation and control technology, today announced the European launch of its easy to install and affordable home automation devices, opening the doors for savvy homeowners all across Europe who are looking to embrace the connected home experience.

Cleverly designed and so easy you can install it yourself, Insteon offers a reliable and affordable home automation solution. The system starts with the Insteon Hub; a simple and straightforward device that connects you to your home from anywhere in the world from your smartphone or tablet. The first wave of European products includes plug-in modules for lamps and appliances, in-wall micro modules, DIN rail modules, door/window sensors, motion sensors and thermostats.

An Insteon system can be used for a wide variety of applications which can be installed and controlled via the Insteon Hub and free iOS and Android apps. Access your network from anywhere in the world and control or monitor:

  • Indoor and Outdoor Lighting Appliances
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Motion, Door/Window Sensors
  • Energy –create schedules  for lights and appliances to reduce energy usage and save money
  • X10 compatible technology

Insteon control signals are simultaneously sent using your home’s mains wiring and radio frequency. Unlike Zigbee and Z-Wave devices, Insteon devices are peers,  enabling devices to transmit, receive or repeat other messages without requiring a master controller or complex routing software.

 

“Insteon uses a unique, dual-band approach to provide unrivalled reliability. Using the existing mains wiring in the home combined with radio frequency communication, our devices allow you to manage your home the way you want. Easy to install and set up, we can give you more control in your home and make life safer, more energy efficient and much more fun.”

Joe Dada, CEO, 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

Create Home Automation Mayhem with Insteon®!

Open-Source Mayhem Insteon Code Package Now Available

 

April 27, 2012

IRVINE, Calif. - Home automation enthusiasts, developers and aspiring hackers, rejoice! Insteon has some exciting news for anyone who’s ever wanted to create the ultimate smart home…of the future!Thanks to Mayhem—the ultimate open-source, custom-control coding platform—our intrepid team of software engineers set to pounding the keyboards.

In case you haven’t heard, Mayhem is a Windows application developed by Microsoft Research—and generously donated to Outercurve—that allows users to connect and control different devices through customized chains of command between “events” and “reactions.” Want to launch a favorite website with a voice command? Use Mayhem to set up a microphone and keyword (event) and type in the web address (reaction). Downloadable packages expand Mayhem’s capabilities to include smartphones, consoles, applications and more.

During development, Insteon proved to be a perfect Mayhem match. “Insteon’s simple programming interface was a very obvious ‘must have’ for Mayhem,” said Paul Dietz, a researcher at Microsoft. “With Insteon support, Mayhem now has access to an amazingly rich variety of home automation devices.”

On that note, we’re proud to announce that free Insteon packages for Mayhem are available to download. We provide the code; you just plug in the possibilities!

So, just what can you do with the dynamic duo of Mayhem and Insteon? Well, what can’t you do? When Mayhem’s sleek interface meets Insteon’s legendarily reliable remote control, the scenarios are literally endless:

  • Secret passwords aren’t just for 007 anymore. Whisper “the narwhal bacons at midnight” to access your own private lair—or unlock the front door.
  • Date night at home gets a technological makeover. Tap a KeypadLinc button and launch iTunes (although the romantic playlist is up to you) along with the obligatory dimmed-light ambience.
  • Point an Insteon motion sensor at your couch. When it detects your cat/dog/pet of choice jumping up, your computer can yell in your stead. Also works great on kids!
  • If your home office gets a little stifling in the summer, turn on the A/C via your Insteon thermostat with a fittingly cool password. (See what we did there?)
  • Wireless keyboards are so 2011. Impress everyone by controlling your latest PowerPoint presentation from an Insteon remote or even the Insteon app on your smartphone.
  • Settling in for a noob-pwning session? With a single keystroke, dim your lights to 50%, switch on the ceiling fan, launch the latest FPS—even turn on the Red Bull-stocked mini-fridge under your desk.
  • If you have Tony Stark-esque ambitions, hook up a Kinect and voice-activate everything on your Insteon network. Jarvis’s posh British accent not included.

If your typing fingers are now itching to get triggering Insteon actions and reactions, there are only a few simple steps between you and total automation domination:

  • Procure and install the necessary Insteon components: a SmartLinc or USB PowerLinc module and at least one device module. If you’re new to Insteon, we suggest starting off with one of our bestselling products: LampLinc (2457D2), SwitchLinc (2477D) or OutletLinc (2472DWH).
  • Download and install Mayhem.
  • Download the Insteon Mayhem package.
  • Get connected! Choose whether you want your Insteon device(s) to trigger or react to the event—i.e., tapping the SwitchLinc paddle launches your web browser, or typing a particular word turns on your LampLinc-enabled desk lamp—then simply follow the onscreen instructions to link your Insteon devices in literally three seconds.
  • Enjoy your newfound power over your home domain.

Also, be sure to vote for Insteon as your preferred Mayhem plug-in. Just click the Facebook “Like” button on the Insteon Mayhem page to show your support. Happy home hacking!

With its simple installation and setup process and trustworthy communication, Insteon has become the industry standard in efficient home and building automation. Plug-in and in-wall modules make it possible to add wireless control to any appliance in your home or business without having to hire a contractor. By making every networked device talk to each other via radio frequencies and existing electrical wiring, Insteon eliminates the need for complex rewiring or a central hub. This allows for rapid inter-device communication with very few delays or drops.

For more information about Insteon technology and new global product line, please visit www.insteon.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).

About Mayhem
Mayhem was originally developed by Microsoft, and is now a free, open source Windows application brought to you by the Outercurve Foundation. Mayhem is currently in developer preview and is available to download at http://www.makemayhem.com. New and exciting functionalities are added every week, with upcoming add-ons including webcams, Facebook, Arduino and Kinect support. Additionally, the Make Your Own Mayhem contest is an opportunity for developers to create the most unique Mayhem add-ons and win valuable prizes!


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

Solar Decathlon Wrap Up: Cornell University and the University of Arizona Showcase Smarthome Automation in Global Competition

Smarthome supported teams from Cornell University & the Univ. of Arizona in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. Both teams used Smarthome's Insteon technology to control lighting & appliances.

 

October 16, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. - At a ceremony Friday in Washington, D.C., the Department of Energy announced its winners of the 2009 Solar Decathlon. The competition, in which student teams designed and built solar and energy efficient homes, was won by Team Germany. Smarthome supported teams from Cornell University and the University of Arizona, which placed 7th and 18th respectively. Both homes featured a variety of smart products, including Smarthome's award -winning Insteon home automation technology, to control appliances and lighting. 

During the last week, each of the 20 competing teams had their homes evaluated and judged in 10 different categories ranging from net energy metering to market viability. 

"We're extremely impressed by what Cornell and Arizona were able to accomplish," noted Laurie Maroni, Vice President of Marketing for Smarthome. "We are certainly happy that both teams reached out to us for assistance. This reaffirms our goal to develop products that make life more convenient, and help people manage and save energy." 

Cornell University finished in the top 10 in scoring in five of the 10 categories, including a third place finish in "Communications" which challenges teams to communicate the technical aspects of the homes. The University of Arizona finished in the top 10 in scoring in three of the 10 categories, including a seventh place finished in "Architecture" where they were measured on architectural elements, holistic design and inspiration. 

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