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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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SmartLabs, the Leader in Home Automation Products Announces the Release of Four New Insteon Devices

March 10, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs, Inc. announces the release of SeriaLinc - Insteon to 2-Way RS232 Serial Converter, In-LineLinc Relay - Insteon On / Off Module (Non-dimming) w/ Sense, Insteon Motion Sensor Floodlight and Insteon PowerLinc Modem, USB.

SeriaLinc
From whole-home audio to security systems and automation controllers, SeriaLinc allows any Serial or RS-232-compatible devices to operate devices on your Insteon network. This solution will let user's keep the equipment they already own and take advantage of a reliable Insteon network. SeriaLinc is 2-way serial, so it can be used to control RS-232 devices or to control Insteon devices via RS-232 commands. Learn More

In-LineLinc Relay w/Sense
The latest Insteon In-LineLinc module is a remote control in-line On/Off switch that is able to switch dry-contact and low-voltage devices and has an external "sense" wire that triggers when a 120 VAC is detected. In comparison to previous In-LineLinc models, this is rated for 15 amps (up from 13 amps), has a smaller size that allows the unit to be placed inside more types of electrical boxes, and an added beep sounder to aid in linking.Learn More

Insteon Motion Sensor Floodlight
The new Insteon Floodlight will not only turn on the built -in floodlights when motion is detected but can also turn on additional lights and/or notify you that someone is outside your home. The Motion Sensor Floodlight communicates like any other device on an Insteon network, so the floodlights can remotely controlled from anywhere. The Insteon Motion Sensor Floodlight features adjustable time delay, night-only mode, and 110-degree detection zone. Bulbs sold separately. Learn More

Insteon PowerLinc Modem, USB 
The Insteon PowerLinc Modem, USB is a plug-in home automation interface that uses a USB connection and allows PC-based automation controllers to control Insteon-compatible lights, appliances, heating/air conditioning systems and alarm systems directly via the Insteon network. Learn More

"These new products signify our continued commitment of integrating Insteon into complex systems as well as enhancing basic home automation functionality," says Laurie Maroni, Vice President of Marketing at SmartLabs. 

Insteon home automation technology provides customized control and communication of lighting and appliances throughout the interior and exterior of a home. Insteon products let you create a network of controlled devices and scenes that make life convenient, fun and energy efficient.  

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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 the Leader in Home Automation Products, Announces I/O Linc - Insteon Low Voltage / Contact Closure Interface

The latest Insteon plug-in module, I/O Linc, monitors and controls any low voltage device, such as alarm sensors, electric door strikes, and garage doors as part of an Insteon home automation network.

 

November 24, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. -  SmartLabs, Inc. announces the release of I/O Linc - Insteon Low Voltage / Contact Closure Interface, a universal Insteon interface with contact closure sensor input and a low voltage / contact closure relay output. 

The latest Insteon plug -in module, I/O Linc, monitors and controls any low voltage device, such as alarm sensors, electric door strikes, and garage doors as part of an Insteon home automation network. Thanks to its several different output relay modes, I/O Linc can easily adapt to different types of devices. The sensor input can be used to control or alert remote Insteon devices and also be used to check the status of a device before activating its output relay. For the same price as a single low voltage interface with many inputs and outputs, several I/O Linc modules can be placed around the house in the locations where they are needed. 

"Contact closure and low voltage are used to automate a wide array of home systems and devices," says Laurie Maroni Vice President of Marketing at SmartLabs," I/O Linc is flexible enough to support each type of home system and affordable enough for several to be placed around the home." 

Insteon home automation technology provides customized control and communication of lighting and appliances throughout the interior and exterior of a home. Insteon products let you create a network of controlled devices and scenes that make life convenient, fun and energy efficient. 

 

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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
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SmartLabs the Leader in Home Automation Products, Announces TriggerLinc - Insteon Wireless Open/Close Sensor

November 21, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. -  SmartLabs, Inc. announces the release of TriggerLinc - Insteon Wireless Open/Close Sensor, a wireless magnetic door/window contact sensor that controls Insteon lights and appliances throughout the home. 

The World's First Insteon Wireless Open/Close Sensor not only controls lights and appliances, but can be used to trigger custom events in home automation software like HouseLinc 2. TriggerLinc has an external sensor input allowing for Insteon control from a variety of standard sensors. With two manual programming modes and full HouseLinc 2 support, TriggerLinc provides convenience by automatically turning lights on, energy -savings by ensuring they're turned off and peace of mind, alerting users to possible intrusion. 

"TriggerLinc is a welcome addition to our fast -growing line of Insteon sensors," says Laurie Maroni Vice President of Marketing at SmartLabs," It bridges the gap between limited proprietary alert systems and costly full -featured security systems by providing reliable, integrated alert and control, while still affordable even in today's economy. 

Insteon home automation technology provides customized control and communication of lighting and appliances throughout the interior and exterior of a home. Insteon products let you create a network of controlled devices and scenes that make life convenient, fun and energy efficient. 

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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 Introduces SwitchLinc - Insteon 220V Outdoor On / Off Switch Kit: Helps Consumers Decrease Energy Consumption and Save Money

July 17, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs, Inc. announces the release of SwitchLinc - Insteon 220V Outdoor On / Off Switch Kit, a switch that will control high current appliances up to 30 Amps, as part of an Insteon home automation network. Controlling appliances such as such as an electric water heater, pool pump or range hood, you can significantly limit the amount of energy being consumed, saving resources and saving you money. For example, most pool pump timers have only a single on time and off time during the day; setting the pool pump on for more cycles and shorter durations will reduce energy consumption while maintaining cleanliness.

"We're excited about the introduction of another green energy saving product that will allow consumers to cut energy consumption of high current appliances. Controlling electric water heater usage will significantly decrease energy use and pool pump control can reduce energy consumption up to 50%" says Laurie Maroni, Vice President of Marketing at SmartLabs.

"Insteon products save energy, time & money and our customers love the reliability & ease of use of our products". This kit comes conveniently pre-assembled in a weatherproof housing built for outdoor applications. Simply connect the wires and mount the box. You can turn an appliance on or off locally, just as you would a SwitchLinc - Insteon Dimmer Switch. Alternatively, any Insteon-compatible device can be used for remote control. It will also work with existing X10 products, providing an upgrade path to an Insteon network. Insteon home automation technology provides customized control and communication of lighting and appliances throughout the interior and exterior of a home. Insteon products let you create a network of controlled devices and scenes that make life convenient, fun and energy efficient.

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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