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SmartLabs Design Insteon Lighting Control enters Security market with DSC Home Compatibility

View DSC Home with Insteon-enabled Lighting Control at (ISC) West Booth 24001-25001

 

March 28, 2007

IRVINE, Calif. -  SmartLabs, Inc. announces that SmartLabs Design Insteon-enabled lighting control system will be presented by Digital Security Controls (DSC) as part of a home security, home automation and home entertainment bundle for security dealers and installers. 

The DSC Home (www.dsc.com) bundle includes DSC’s PowerSeries control panel and LCD keypad, motion detector, thermostat, surveillance camera, SmartLabs Design lighting control system with Insteon technology, and multi-room home entertainment and multimedia leveraging Microsoft Windows XP Media Center, LifeWare digital entertainment and automation software from Exceptional Innovation and the HP Digital Entertainment Center and High Definition LCD TV. 

“It makes perfect sense to introduce DSC Home at ISC West with this year’s focus on the ‘Smarthome’,” said Ken Fairbanks, vice president of business development, SmartLabs, an industry leader in home automation and control. “Security dealers have an enormous opportunity to add home automation and control to their security solutions and we’re pleased to be working with industry leader DSC.” 

“We view this market segment as a beachhead for the underlying Insteon wireless home control networking technology,” continued Fairbanks. “Any device embedded with the Insteon technology can be added to the network without pulling additional wires; offering a recurring revenue stream and up-sell opportunities for the security industry.” 

SmartLabs Design Insteon-enabled lighting control products will be demonstrated in the DSC booth 24001-25001 at the Sands Convention and Expo Center in Las Vegas March 28-30, 2007. 

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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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LIFE|WARE Seamlessly Integrates Insteon Lighting and Home Control Products

Former Apple Computer and National Semiconductor CEO Helps Shape Future of Company 

March 30, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. -  Exceptional Innovation, makers of Life|ware, hardware-friendly home control software, today announced all Insteon™-enabled products are now compatible with a Life|Ware home control solution. Insteon is the wireless home control technology developed by SmartLabs Inc. the world’s leading authority in home automation and control. 

“Making Insteon products compatible with Life|ware makes perfect sense,” said Mike Seamons, Exceptional Innovation’s Vice President of Marketing. “They’re very popular with our dealers and provide another great option for a Life|ware whole-home control solution.” 

Life|ware is seamlessly integrated into Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. Using the same Media Center remote they use to access and enjoy their music, movies and photographs, a Life|ware user can now easily control their entire Insteon home control system – including lighting, security, comfort control, consumer electronics, appliances and safety sensors from all manufacturers integrating the Insteon technology. Life|ware integration includes all Insteon products from SmartLabs Design including SwitchLinc, KeypadLinc, SignaLinc, LampLinc ApplianceLinc and ControLinc as well as its ICON line of dimmers and switches. 

"We are continuing to drive Insteon home automation and control into the digital home,” said Rajeev Kapur, president of SmartLabs Inc. "By partnering with Life|ware, we can now offer any company looking for a way to manage home control via the Media Center an elegant solution."

“Life|ware brings a rich control experience together with digital entertainment in a compelling way, and we’re pleased to have Insteon products be part of that experience,” said Seamons. 

Life|ware leverages Web Services for Devices standards to be hardware-neutral, an approach that allows dealers to offer their customers more choices among available systems, and gives them the flexibility to create unique new offerings to expand their business.

Life|ware leverages Web Services for Devices standards to be hardware-neutral, an approach that allows dealers to offer their customers more choices among available systems, and gives them the flexibility to create unique new offerings to expand their business.

Logos and images available at www.exceptionalinnovation.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).

 

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SmartLabs Introduces the ICON Line of Affordable Home Control Lighting Products

Network-Ready “Smart” Insteon Devices Cost No More than “Non-Networked” Alternatives

January 5, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - — SmartLabsTM the parent company of Smarthome and world’s leading authority in electronic home improvement and automation, today announced the introduction of its new ICON line of affordable Insteon-based home control lighting products. SmartLabs is now delivering electronic home improvement and automation products at an all time low price point, making it accessible to all home owners. 

The first ICON products to be released enable consumers to easily and inexpensively set up a reliable and user-friendly remote control lighting system that also becomes a foundation for a powerful home control network.

The network-ready Insteon-based ICON products are extremely affordable—costing no more than their non-networked counterparts. For example the retail price of an Insteon-enabled ICON dimmer switch is $19.99, while "non-networked" versions of a competitive product are generally priced the same or higher. The ICON line offers the quality construction, sophisticated technology and outstanding performance of high-end devices at a fraction of the price.

“We are breaking down all the barriers for home owners to automate, integrate and control their lighting and appliances,” Said Rajeev Kapur, SmartLabs vice president of sales and marketing. “This is an unprecedented step and once again illustrates our commitment to being at the forefront of new technology, innovative products and now affordable pricing initiatives.”

The new ICON line includes several products such as the Insteon-remote control on/off appliance adapter for fans, heaters, fountains or other on/off devices; a remote control timer system that allows users to specify when lights should turn on and off and to set safety and vacation lighting modes; and a remote control on/off wall switch that connects to existing wiring to replace any wall switch for florescent lights, fans, outdoor security lights or switched outlets.

ICON devices are easy to install, and they can be programmed with the touch of a few buttons. Because ICON is part of the Insteon true mesh network, no controllers are required to route messages. And because the system uses existing electrical wiring, no new wires or cables are needed; any consumer can set up this home automation system in minutes. 

"With the introduction of the ICON line, Smarthome can now provide an Insteon enabled controllable light switch at a price point directly competitive with standard dimmer switches, enabling an even wider adoption of Insteon in the home,” Said George West senior analyst at West Technology Research. “This development is a key step in SmartLabs plan to deliver affordable, reliable and easy to use Electronic Home Improvement and Home Control products to the mass marketplace. Developers and retailers should take note that the Insteon technology is quickly becoming the de-facto standard in home control and automation." 

SmartLabs executives will be available for press and analyst briefings during CES (Jan. 5-8). Contact Michelle Laird at 503-705-4577 or mlaird@olearypr.com to make an appointment, or  stop by the SmartLabs booth South Hall 2/26424

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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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Smarthome Announces First Insteon Home-Control Products

Initial Products Incorporating Wireless Home Network Technology Include Lighting and Appliance Controls and Software

 

June 16, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome, Inc., the world's leading provider of electronic products to improve the home, today announced initial Insteon™ products for lighting and appliance control at CES 2005 in Las Vegas this week. These first Insteon products will be demonstrated at Smarthome's booth 26624; shipping is scheduled for second quarter of 2005.

Insteon (for "instant on") is the first dual band wireless home-control network technology combining radio frequency (RF) communications with the home's existing wiring, or powerline, to deliver a secure, reliable and fast connection for automatic or remote control of lighting, security, entertainment systems, appliances and climate. 

To install Insteon, users simply need to plug-in two SignaLinc™ RF access points into their home's electrical outlets. Once the SignaLinc RF modules are in place, Insteon home-control products can be installed using a simple "Plug and Tap™" process. Initial products include wall switches and plug-in modules for lighting and appliance control. Pricing starts at $19.99.

"Our customers have been requesting a reliable, secure and affordable home automation technology since Smarthome began 13 years ago," said Joe Dada, president and CEO of Smarthome, based in Irvine, Calif. 

"Our engineers designed Insteon with the customer in mind and since it's backwards compatible with X-10™, the current home-control networking standard, customers will be able to easily adopt it without having to immediately replace all of their existing products," Dada said.

"By starting with a customer base of home automation enthusiasts, we believe Insteon will grow to mainstream markets and become the de facto home-control networking standard," Dada said. "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-control network technology for some time, and we believe Insteon will meet their needs."

Developed over the past four years by Smarthome engineers, Insteon utilizes an integrated dual band wireless network to create a cost effective, robust and reliable home control network.

Insteon is designed to be incorporated into products to perform essential tasks such as remotely locking the front door or automatically filling the swimming pool. Examples of Insteon applications for homeowners will be many but can include whole home scene lighting, unlocking the front door and turning lights on in the house with a key fob before entering the house, controlling thermostat settings wirelessly from another room or over the Web, having a pleasant tone ring upstairs when a washer/dryer cycle downstairs is completed, or sending a page or email alert to parents when kids return home from school.


Purchasing two SignaLinc RF products is the first process in establishing an Insteon network in the home. Once the SignaLinc RF is in place, any Insteon product can be installed, including:

 

SwitchLinc™ II Dimmer: A wire-in remote control dimmer that allows remote on/off control of lighting to personalize mood lighting for any occasion. For the first time the switches are available in white, silver/gray, black, brown, ivory or almond. Additionally, the level brightness lights are available in white, blue, red or green. 

LampLinc™ II: Allows remote on/off control as well as dimming/brightening. The two- or three-pin plug-in module can also remember different light settings for different "scenes," such as "movie time" or "dinner time."

ApplianceLinc™ II: These three-pin modules can remotely control any appliance, such as room fans or coffeemakers, or non-dimming lamps. 

KeypadLinc™ II: A wire-in controller that controls individual lights, or triggers whole-house mood lighting scenes with the touch of a button. Includes six or eight button interchangeable keypads. 

ControlLinc™ II: A plug-in desktop controller that remotely controls any Insteon or X-10 module, switch and or dimmer in a home. 

PowerLinc™ II Controller: Available with a serial or USB interface, PowerLinc II Controller is a stand-alone downloadable computer or alarm panel interface for controlling lights, appliances, heating/air conditioning and alarm systems.


"Integrating wireless with powerline is the most cost effective and reliable network technology for the home," said Dan Cregg, Vice President of engineering for Smarthome. "Previous home networking development has not focused on real consumer needs. Insteon is designed to directly meet the homeowner's need for a network to communicate simple data such as security, lighting and climate control inexpensively throughout a home. We believe this will open the electronic home improvement market to the broad consumer market."

For more information regarding Insteon, please visit Smarthome's Web site, www.smarthome.com or www.Insteon.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).

 

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