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Insteon Alliance Announces New Member Superna

Makes Insteon-Enabled Devices Part of its Home Control Solution

March 29, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - The Insteon™ Alliance announced today that SUPERNA has joined its growing association of companies adopting the Insteon wireless home control technology. The Insteon Alliance consists of more than 700 member companies and developers that are implementing the Insteon wireless home control technology that leverages the powerline into their consumer electronics devices. 

SUPERNA is the first home automation company to fully leverage standard IP home networks, enabling consumers to connect new or legacy electronic devices to their home computer network for delivery of digital audio/visual content, lighting and HVAC control to any room in the house. SUPERNA’s desktop software provides easy configuration, management and personalized interface generation. Its easy-to-use ConfigNet software will support the Insteon protocol enabling users to create and manage a stand-alone Insteon network, or have Insteon products part of its full home control and automation solution. 

“Companies such as SUPERNA are seeing the inherent benefits of affordability, reliability and simplicity in our home networking protocol,” says Ken Fairbanks, vice president of sales and business development at SmartLabs Inc., the innovators of Insteon. “We are pleased that so many companies are integrating Insteon to make any electronic device part of the home network.” 

“We are very excited about joining the Insteon Alliance. At SUPERNA, we are fully committed to supporting affordable standards-based products which bring more freedom of choice to the customer and will result in broader adoption of home technologies,” says Oded Vardi, SUPERNA’s COO. 

The Insteon Alliance will be hosting its inaugural Insteon Development and Technology Conference on May 2, 2006 in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information about the Insteon Alliance and its conference, please visit www.insteon.net. 

At the Electronic House Expo, please visit SmartLabs at booth 1228 to see a demonstration of Insteon. SUPERNA, a sponsor of the Electronic House Expo, will be presenting its product line at booth 1140.

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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

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