home automation

Smarthome Insteon Alliance Passes 300-Member Mark

In Just Five Months, the Insteon Alliance has Attracted More Than 300 Active Members and Established Itself as the Force in the Market 

 

November 1, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome, the authority in electronic home improvement and automation, today announced that its Insteon Alliance, established in May 2005, has passed the 300 member mark. Insteon Alliance members, who range from grass roots developers to design engineers at Fortune 500 companies, develop best-in-class home control networking products using the Insteon technology protocol. 

The Insteon Alliance community includes the top names in technology, such as Somfy, First Alert, Maya, Integration Associates, Elk, Visonic, Universal Electronics, Exceptional Innovation and others. 

Addressing everything from lighting systems and security, to home entertainment, window treatments and faucets, Alliance members are embedding Insteon’s powerful dual-band (powerline and radio frequency) communications technology into their products, ensuring many core home systems are networked and working together. Both the technology and the Alliance guarantee that all Insteon-enabled products are interoperable and easy to use—for both developers and end-user homeowners. 

“Our customer centric approach and extensive knowledge of the market contributed to the design elements that has made Insteon a force in the market and lead to its remarkable adoption and rapidly growing Insteon Alliance membership,” said Rajeev Kapur, Smarthome’s vice president, sales and marketing. “The flexibility, cost efficiencies and robust dual-band nature of the Insteon technology platform are meeting the needs of an enthusiastic and growing Insteon developer community.” 

Three levels of INSTEON Alliance membership are available: Developer Kit Membership (for the developers kit —$99) Associate membership ($200) and Select membership ($2,000). The Associate and Select memberships are able to influence the direction, development and marketing of Insteon

“Smarthome made it so easy to join the Alliance and start using the Insteon protocol that we were able to jump-start our participation in this rapidly growing market and quickly initiate the development of new Insteon-enabled products,” said Eric Eichensehr, CTO/Partner Exceptional Innovation, LLC. “Compared to other home control networking technologies in the market Insteon had the lowest cost of entry to initiate the development cycle; that, combined with the flexibility and depth of the technology, made it an obvious choice.” 

Membership in the Alliance provides insights into the Insteon community, along with maximum industry exposure of member companies and their products. Alliance members are invited to participate in members-only forums and events throughout the year. Insteon websites, press releases and trade show pavilions will also provide new avenues of promotion for Alliance members. Members will have the opportunity to leverage an extensive retail channel, working with Smarthome to place Alliance members’ Insteon products on Insteon.net, Smarthome.com, Amazon.com and Home Depot.com or in the Smarthome catalog. 

Smarthome will be showcasing its products at EHX Nov 9 – 11, 2005 and at CES Jan 5 – 8, 2006. The Insteon Alliance will be offering a series of training seminars and demonstrations (online and live) in the months ahead, as well as launching its inaugural developer’s conference in the spring of 2006. 

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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
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SMARTHOME Introduces New Home Automation Network Protocol

Insteon Combines RF and Powerline Communications for First Time to Create Seamless Home Control Network

 

June 7, 2004

IRVINE, Calif. -  Smarthome, Inc., the world’s leading provider of home automation products, today announced Insteon™ (pron: “instee-on”), the first home automation network technology to combine the home’s existing wiring, or powerline, with radio frequency (RF) communications to deliver a secure, reliable and fast connection for automatic or remote control of lighting, security, entertainment systems, appliances, climate and more. 

Developed over the past four years by Smarthome engineers, Insteon works 30 times faster than X10, the home automation standard for the past 30 years that works exclusively through the powerline. By combining the powerline with RF, Insteon offers the cost benefits and efficiencies of powerline communication and the wireless connectivity required for certain applications in or outside the home.

Insteon’s enhanced powerline communications also enables it to perform “mission-critical” home automation tasks such as remotely locking the front door or automatically filling the swimming pool while maintaining affordable pricing. 

“Many OEM design engineers, home builders and remodelers, lighting, electrical and HVAC contractors, and even interior designers have been waiting for an affordable, reliable and easy-to-use home automation protocol for some time,” said Joe Dada, president and CEO of Smarthome, based in Irvine, Calif. “We believe Insteon will become the standard to meet their needs.” 

“Because the technology is backwards compatible to X10, we believe Insteon will become the de facto standard among existing home automation users very quickly,” said Dada. “We believe the new level of performance and simplicity Insteon offers will also spur home automation demand among mainstream consumers.” 

To begin using Insteon, users will simply need to plug-in two RF access points in their home and two filters to prevent interference with PC power strips or certain brands of televisions. The installation of Insteon home automation devices will feature a simple “Plug and Tap™" process. 

“In the past, most efforts to create a reliable home automation network concentrated on broadband technology, while today many are focused on exclusively wireless or powerline solutions,” said Dan Cregg, vice president of engineering for Smarthome. “We wanted the best of both worlds – affordable and efficient powerline technology combined with RF to provide extended reach as needed and to work with wireless applications.” 

Insteon is designed for incorporation in OEM products, such as washing machines, dryers and dishwashers, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) devices and garage door openers, for a variety of controls. For instance, when incorporating Insteon, dishwashers could be programmed to not turn on when the washing machine is in use or when someone is taking a shower. When the dryer’s cycle is complete, a pleasant voice can remotely tell a user their “Clothing is finished,” instead of a loud buzz. 

Other examples of applications for homeowners using Insteon can include receiving a text message on their mobile phone if a refrigerator stops working or the plumbing leaks, adjusting outdoor speakers via a wireless controller, and changing room temperature automatically when entering a new room by carrying a wireless thermostat. 

“With Insteon’s reliability, the opportunities for home automation applications are nearly endless,” Cregg said. “Users can creatively program Insteon to perform tasks that best suit their living environments — and make their homes more convenient, safe and fun.” 

For more information regarding Insteon, please visit Smarthome’s Web site,  www.smarthome.com or call 1-800-SMARTHOME

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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).

 

Media Contact

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