energy

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 Insteon® Energy Display

Energy Display Works With iMeter Solo™ to Show Energy Consumption 

 

March 30, 2011

IRVINE, Calif. - In an ongoing effort to help Insteon users control their energy consumption, Smarthome today launched its new Insteon Energy Display. The Energy Display, when used in conjunction with up to three iMeter Solos, provides users with current energy usage, average monthly energy usage and projected energy costs, based on your monthly billing rate.

The Energy Display, which measures 3.1" x 3.8" x 1.1", is powered by two AAA batteries, which are included. The product requires at least one iMeter Solo and one Access Point or dual-band device to provide energy data to the user. The Energy Display also includes a built-in thermometer for displaying local room temperature, which can also be used as a condition or trigger for initiating the control of other Insteon devices within the home.

"The Insteon Energy Display continues our commitment to helping our customers not only automate and control their lighting, appliances and HVAC in their home, but to also monitor and control the energy consumption of those same products," commented Laurie Maroni, Vice President of Marketing at Smarthome. "The Energy Display, iMeter Solo, SynchroLinc andHouseLinc 2 provide customers with the tools to significantly reduce the energy consumption within their home and quickly see a return on investment."

The Energy Display is currently available for pre-order at a retail price of $39.99. 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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SmartLabs and Sprint Enable Energy Savings, Sustainability

Professional grade wireless energy management system for property owners

 

March 17, 2011

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs, Inc. and Sprint today announced an agreement in which the companies will collaborate to provide wireless energy management solutions. With SmartLabs Insteon technology and Sprint's network infrastructure, business and home owners will be able to access and control energy consumption from a simple 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, plus they can also opt-in for the utility to turn devices off when the local demand for electricity exceeds the power supply. Insteon can be used to control:

  • Indoor and outdoor lighting
  • Security systems
  • Heating and cooling (HVAC)
  • Appliances
  • Door locks


SmartLabs and Sprint have dramatically simplified the concept of energy management and have placed the power of energy knowledge into the owner's hands. The solution can be quickly installed without expensive retrofitting, offering an immediate return on investment to property owners through a reduction in energy consumption.

"We are excited to be working with Sprint," said Robert Holz, managing director-Smart Grid and Vertical Markets, SmartLabs. "Our solutions allow utilities and electricity providers to enable more customers in their geographic foot print with affordable home and business energy management. In addition, residential, multi-family, small- and medium-sized business consumers will increasingly be able to remotely manage their properties' energy consumption, water usage, gas safety and security, with Sprint providing the backbone for the messaging."

"With more than 10 years of experience developing communications products in the machine-to-machine (M2M) market, Sprint is dedicated to cooperative efforts with innovative companies like SmartLabs to bring the energy saving, eco-friendly technologies to life," said Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. "Mobile embedded solutions and partnerships present an opportunity to improve energy efficiency and provide greater access to quality information. Sprint is pleased to assist SmartLabs in the development of a next-generation wireless solution."

SmartLabs Insteon products can operate on the Sprint 3G and 4G networks. The Sprint 3G network reaches more than 283 million people in 20,035 cities (inclusive of data roaming). Sprint 3G allows utilities to download large amounts of data reliably at high speed. The Sprint 4G network covers more than 110 million people and is currently available in 71 markets across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco. Sprint has recently unveiled Network Vision, a blueprint to deploy a cost-effective, innovative network plan to further enhance voice quality and data speeds for customers across the United States.

Sprint Emerging Solutions Group is an industry leader in M2M and embedded solutions, delivering a full complement of assets critical to successful M2M and embedded solutions deployments. These include: network agnostic capabilities (including 3G, 4G, CDMA, iDEN, and a reliable Tier 1 IP network); specialized industry solutions engineering teams; an open approach to devices and applications through the company's Open Device Initiative, an expansive M2M partner ecosystem; and the ability to provide customers with customized solutions that can include distribution, branding, billing and customer care services. To learn more, view this special "What if..." M2M video and visit www.sprint.com/m2m.

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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

Smarthome™ Releases Insteon® Energy Monitoring Devices

January 7, 2011

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome announced today that two new Insteon products will aid users in controlling their energy consumption - iMeter Solo and SynchroLinc. Both products are currently available for pre-order, and are expected to be available for shipment within the coming weeks.

iMeter Solo is a revolutionary plug-in energy meter allowing Insteon users to access comprehensive energy consumption data of the appliance that is plugged into the unit. The data in the iMeter Solo can be retrieved using any compatible Insteon computer controller such as HouseLinc 2 or ISY-99i. Multiple iMeters can be used at the same time to gather energy data from several appliances simultaneously.

SynchroLinc is a plug-in Insteon device that gives the users the ability to convert their everyday electronics into automation triggers. With SynchroLinc, Insteon users have the ability to power up or shut down all of the electronics in a room by simply turning on or off one of them. Primary applications for SynchroLinc include entertainment system and computer peripheral control. 

"We continue to develop innovative and reliable products for the home automation enthusiast," commented Laurie Maroni, Vice President of Marketing at Smarthome. "Our customers have always used our Insteon products as a control for their energy usage. iMeter and SynchroLinc now provide them with more tools to target, monitor and control their energy consumption."

Both products have a retail price of $39.99. 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
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com

SmartLabs' Joe Dada Named to University of California, Irvine Extension's Sustainable Buildings: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Advisory Board

December 9, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. -  University of California, Irvine Extension's Sustainable Buildings: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy program has announced that Joe Dada, CEO of SmartLabs, Inc., will be joining their advisory board. As a member of the advisory board, Dada will assist in the direction and development of the curriculum, marketing and partnership opportunities.

"UC Irvine Extension is fortunate to have Joe Dada - an industry leader in building automation - as an advisor in our program," remarks Kirwan Rockefeller, director of Arts and Humanities Programs. "Currently in the U.S., organizations with 50 or less employees pay 35% more for energy costs than the sector average. With Dada's expertise incorporated in our curriculum, we believe we can help small- and medium-sized businesses bridge that gap and increase their profitability."

Dada's vision is that our homes should have remote control "everything". He founded SmartLabs in 1992 as a bootstrap startup. Shortly thereafter, he launched Smarthome.com, becoming one of the world's first ecommerce companies. During the late 1990's, Dada 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-band (RF plus Powerline) mesh networking technology which has now become the best selling home area networking technology. Currently in use in millions of homes today, Insteon is now being used to for energy management, demand response and load-shedding in Smart Grid trials with four of the top 10 utilities in the United States. Dada holds a bachelor's degree with honors in engineering and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana.

"I am excited and honored to be joining UCI as an advisor to this program," commented Dada. "Not only do our products relate directly to the program, but as the CEO of SmartLabs, I understand the challenges of controlling a business' energy costs."

The Sustainable Buildings: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Specialized Studies program was created to help small- and medium-sized organizations develop a strategic plan to reduce their annual energy costs. Curriculum addresses renewable energy sources, energy/water conservation, new building design and existing buildings retrofits.

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About the University of California, Irvine Extension
As the continuing education arm of UCI, UC Irvine Extension is dedicated to providing a university-level learning experience for students, offering thousands of exciting courses and programs to local, regional, and global constituencies. UC Irvine Extension offers a rich array of academic and community programs to support a diverse audience, from a wide selection of academic programs to numerous campus activities.

About the University of California, Irvine
The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic Orange County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3.3 billion.

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