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SmartLabs’ HouseLinc Desktop Software Wins Electronic House Product of the Year Award for 2006

HouseLinc Allows Home Control Management of Insteon-enabled Devices from PC

 

July 18, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs™, Inc. the world’s leading authority in home control and automation, announced today that it has won the Electronic House Product of the Year Award for 2006 for its Home Management PC Software. The award-winning HouseLinc™ Desktop Software is full-functioning software designed for the management of Insteon-enabled devices in the home. 

SmartLabs’ Insteon home control networking technology uses a simple, low-cost combination of wireless and power line communications to link core home systems such as lighting, security, comfort control, consumer electronics, appliances and safety sensors for remote monitoring and control. By linking all devices through the HouseLinc software, integrators as well as consumers will be able to manage every automated device in the home. 

“HouseLinc software allows you to create scenes, manage all links and create time and event triggers from the convenience of your PC,” said Joe Dada, CEO and founder of SmartLabs, Inc. “This is also the first product to translate X10 to Insteon, allowing integrators such as home automation installers and electricians to take full advantage of the Insteon network.” 

Editors from Electronic House Publishing’s four magazines – all focused on cutting-edge home technology – chose the HouseLinc Desktop Software as one of their favorite products based on product reviews and demos, and comments from installers and users of the various products. The criteria for winning the award included technological innovation, combined with overall value and outstanding features. 

SmartLabs plans to release HouseLinc Desktop Software in early Q3. The software is $69.99 and can be ordered at Smarthome.com. For more information about SmartLabs and the Insteon home control technology, please visit www.smartlabsinc.com. SmartLabs is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. 

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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 Partners With Leading Electronic Home Control Software Companies to Add Insteon to Home Control Software

New Applications for Mac and PC Give Users Greater Flexibility in Managing Insteon-Enabled Devices

January 5, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabsTM Inc., the world’s leading authority in electronic home improvement and automation, today announced that two leading electronic home control software companies, Perceptive Automation, the maker of Indigo home automation software, and Home Automated Living (HAL), the leader in voice-controlled digital home systems integration software, have embraced the Insteon protocol and have developed new applications for managing Insteon-enabled home control devices. Software developers like HAL and Perceptive Automation can license the Insteon protocol at no cost.

Insteon is a dual-mesh (powerline and radio frequency) home control networking technology optimized for home management and control. Simple, affordable and reliable, Insteon links together core home systems such as lighting, security, comfort control, consumer electronics, appliances and safety sensors for remote monitoring and control.

Perceptive Automation’s Indigo software is being used as a home control server for the Apple Macintosh. Indigo allows users to remotely control lights, fans, appliances, sprinklers and other home systems and devices. It also integrates SmartLabs Insteon- enabled in wall keypad with iTunes to manage and customize music remotely. Users don't have to go to the computer to management the music; they can simply use the programmed keypad to make choices and changes. It is an end-to-end streaming media solution.

Perceptive Automation turned to Insteon in an effort to find a replacement for legacy technologies such as X-10. Insteon's ability to transport messages by peer-to-peer simulcasting with error detection, message confirmation and automatic retries was attractive, and because Insteon devices all have unique addresses and automatically act as simulcasting repeaters, the network requires no configuration or routing controllers.

“SmartLabs has been very cooperative and open with the Insteon standard and protocol specifications, and Insteon met the price point and technology demands of our customers,” said Matt Bendiksen of Perceptive Automation. “The technology is very robust and offers a ‘true mesh’ experience without the overhead and complexity found in routed solutions.” 

SmartLabs is also working with HAL. HAL software functions like an operating system for the home, enabling users to control their homes—and all the technology inside—remotely. Using any number of interfaces such as a web browser, touchscreen or HAL’s speaker-independent speech interface gives the user total control of home systems such as lights, appliances, climate, home theater, security and telephone. 

“Insteon delivers a stable platform that solves the reliability problems found in older technologies,” said Tim Shriver, president of HAL. “We offer a seamless solution that interconnects devices and systems mirroring SmartLabs’ Insteon solution, and the fact that we as software developers get the Insteon protocol for free allows a lot of design flexibility.” 

“With support for Insteon now incorporated into Indigo software for the Macintosh and HAL for the PC, homeowners will be able to take advantage of powerful new Mac- and PC-based home control applications that enable greater flexibility and more complex programming of their Insteon-enabled devices,” said Ken Fairbanks, SmartLabs VP of Business Development. “We’re pleased that these software leaders have recognized the value of Insteon. The partnerships will strengthen the appeal of our respective product offerings, helping to further grow the electronic home improvement market.”

Representatives from both HAL and Perceptive Automation will be demonstrating their Insteon-compatible solutions during CES (Jan. 5-8) at the SmartLabs partner pavilion, South Hall 2/26424. SmartLabs executives will also be available for press and analyst briefings. Contact Michelle Laird at 503-705-4577 or mlaird@olearypr.com to make an appointment, or stop by 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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Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
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Smarthome Announces Software for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 for its Insteon-based Home Control Networking Products

Smarthome Timer Software Enables Homeowners to Easily Control Room Environments and Living Experiences From a PC

 

October 14, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome Inc., the authority in electronic home improvement and automation, today announced the availability of the Smarthome Timer Software for PCs running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. The software enables users to improve the home entertainment experience by establishing preset room environments from their computers.

Homeowners using the Smarthome Timer Software will be able to control all future Insteon-enabled home control products—such as their Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, television, stereo, lights and security system—from a Media Center PC with the software installed. The Timer Software is also pre-programmable and interfaces with Smarthome’s Insteon technology, using radio frequency and powerline communications. In addition to interfacing with the Media Center PC, Insteon allows the Timer Software to work independently of it, further increasing overall functionality.

The Smarthome Timer Software allows users to easily program and manage room scenes. When homeowners are ready to watch a movie, for example, they select the “home theater” scene and automatically their Xbox 360 turns on, the lights dim, the surround sound comes on, the TV screen lowers and the popcorn starts popping.

Or, a “morning” scene can program lights to come on slowly to wake the homeowners gradually, turn the sprinklers on for a sunrise watering, start the coffee percolating so it is hot and fresh when the homeowners step out of the shower, turn music on while they are getting ready and turn the security alarm on before they head out the door.

“Smarthome has brought the insights of its 15 years of working out real-world electronic home improvement solutions to the Insteon technology, and to the unique features of the Smarthome Timer Software.,” said Duke Chadsey, Vice President of Product Development. “We are pleased that Microsoft is able to take advantage of this expertise and add our home control technologies to the Media Center Edition 2005, making users experiences as affordable, easy and convenient as possible.”

“Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 continues to provide cutting-edge integrated digital entertainment experiences to a growing number of customers around the world,” said Dave Mendlen, director of Windows Consumer Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “We’re thrilled that a company such as Smarthome has made optimal use of the power of Media Center Edition 2005 to deliver increased comfort and convenience to customers who want to expand their systems to accommodate home control automation.”

The Smarthome Timer Software will be available in December and can be purchased at www.smarthome.com or by calling 800-SMARTHOME (800-762-7846). 

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

SMARTHOME Launches Insteon Alliance and Software Development Solution

New $99 Solution Allows OEMs and Enthusiasts to Develop Wireless Home-Control Technology Applications 

 

May 9, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome Inc., the world’s leading provider of automated products to improve the home, today introduced the Insteon™ software development kit which provides the documentation, software and hardware necessary to develop Insteon-based home monitoring and management software applications. The Insteon software development kit is the first of its kind in the home automation or electronic home improvement industry. With purchase of the kit, available to both enthusiasts as well as professional software developers, users are granted access to the alliance membership. The Insteon kit sets a new industry trend with a $99 price point, compared to competing software development kits and alliance memberships that cost thousands of dollars each. 

Insteon is 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. Potential applications of Insteon may include remotely controlling or automating lighting, appliances, temperature, and sprinklers. 

“Our Insteon software development kit and developer’s community alliance provide hobbyists, entrepreneurs and engineering executives an extremely affordable alternative to costly alliance memberships, while providing them access to necessary materials needed to immediately start developing products,” said Rajeev Kapur, vice president of sales and marketing of Smarthome, Inc. “The introduction of Smarthome’s kit is truly unprecedented for the home automation industry. We have taken a grassroots approach to gaining market share by combining affordable pricing, access to the Insteon technology and a vehicle for developers to market their solutions, which has not existed before.”

With the launch of Smarthome’s software development kit, developers and end-users are given access to the award-winning home-control technology of Insteon. As an Insteon developer, newly created Insteon software applications or products incorporating those applications may be distributed through Smarthome or may be offered as shareware at www.insteon.net to thousands of electronic home improvement professionals and enthusiasts. The software development kit is available for $99. 

The kits include four core sections: documentation, hardware, membership and support. Specifically, developers are given basic programming language, access to user- and reference-guides, a serial network module (PowerLinc V2 Serial) and a test module (LampLinc V2), password access into the development forum, sales access on Smarthome.com and to the Insteon shareware site, and comprehensive support service, including e-mail, phone and consulting services for a fee. 

“The Insteon software development kit sets Smarthome apart from the rest of the home automation industry by allowing its customers to adapt the technology for an endless variety of applications,” said Kirsten West, analyst for West Technology Research Solutions, LLC. “By providing a combined package of development tools and alliance membership at a cost 97 percent less than the competition, Smarthome has adopted a unique business model which is fundamentally designed to benefit its customers. Thus the overall cost of implementing Insteon will remain well below that of major competitors for the foreseeable future, enabling a myriad of developers to enter the market with innovative products.” 

Smarthome recently announced partnerships with Ingram Micro and Amazon.com. Smarthome  prints more than five million catalogs per year and serves customers in more than 120 countries. The company offers more than 5,000 items for home automation, or “electronic home improvement” projects. 

For more information, please visit Smarthome’s Web site, www.smarthome.com or 
www.insteon.net 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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Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com